MAMA TESS UPDATE! THE FOUNDER WARRIOR WAS HERE TODAY.


Thursday, July 17th, 2014 | Filed under Mama Tess




The Founder Warrior was here today and we were both so busy, I only remembered to take 1 photo.  Sheesh.  Here it is… it is the right foot, the good one.  As you can see, she has an abscess draining.  But, the sole looks pretty good otherwise.

Tess' good foot now has an abscess draining.  It could be from constant weight or it could be from a number of other issues.  But, she seems to be OK with it - thank you Theraplate!
Tess’ good foot now has an abscess draining. It could be from constant weight or it could be from a number of other issues. But, she seems to be OK with it – thank you Theraplate!

SO, I’LL WRITE AND TELL YOU WHAT HAPPENED…

As always, the FW was amazed that MT is doing as well as she is doing given the extent of the damage done to her feet via the founder and not recognizing the cause until very late in the game.  (The first Cushings test came back negative, so we tried everything else… after all that, we took a second test and it came back ‘off the charts’.)

Today, we cut away another large hunk of her toe to expose the last of the outgrowth from her coffin bone surgery and subsequent surgeries to clean out more infected and necrotic tissue.  As you might remember, she had a hole through her hoof in February.  That hole was now down at her toe.

This was her left foot in early February.  That hole goes straight through.  You are looking at towel on the back side of that hole... Now the top of this hole is down at her toe.  This was what we excavated today.  We cut off that toe so we could expose the last of the mess in there.

This was her left foot in early February. That hole goes straight through. You are looking at towel on the back side of that hole… Now the top of this hole is down at her toe. This was what we excavated today. We cut off that toe so we could expose the last of the mess in there.

However, as the foot healed, it trapped necrotic tissue in pockets.  So, as the areas grow down, we are able to cut away the tissue and expose the necrotic tissue (or cut it out) so it can drain or be expelled on its own.

So, that’s what we did today.  Except I didn’t get any photos…

This photo was taken in June and is a good depiction of what I mean when I say the foot heals and grows down and traps the necrotic tissue into pockets that have healed over.  Even though it looks like it is healing - and it is - it is also healing over bad stuff that we were not able to see or remove during surgery.

This photo was taken in June and is a good depiction of what I mean when I say the foot healed and grew down (no more hole) and trapped the necrotic tissue into pockets that have healed over. Even though it looks like it is healing – and it is – it has also healed over bad stuff that we were not able to see or remove during surgery.

THE FW DID NOT BELIEVE ME WHEN I SAID THAT MT HAD BEEN EXPLORING THE PROPERTY.

This week, I hadthe grand idea to open MT’s gate and let her GO!  Of course, she could not go fast, but she did go.

She went up to Finn’s pasture and over to the pony pasture – all in the hopes of scoring some better tasting food.  Daily.  Often.

To my surprise (although I shouldn’t be surprised), Tess knew when she had had enough and she would come back to Home Base and take a nap.  Then… she’d be out again, exploring.  When it became dusk, she’d make her way back to beddy-bie.  I never had to go search for her in the dark.  She was always in her Chateau by nightfall.

Smart girl.

Here she is up at Finn's pasture...

Here she is up at Finn’s pasture…

WHEN WE WERE DONE TODAY…

We did all four feet, which was great.  I’m sure having the rears done consistently now is a relief for MT’s back…  We also were able to trim up her left foot to be able to have her wear her Soft Ride on that hoof again!  Yay!

Anyway, when we were done, I untied Tess as the FW and I were finishing up our conversation.

MT practically pushed the FW out of the way as she plowed out of the barn to snag some snacks up the hill.

The FW was ASTOUNDED.  She could not believe her eyes!

“That horse has unbelievable heart!  She is amazing!”

The FW could not believe that Tess was marching along like she was…

Yup.

MT practically pushed the FW out of the way as she plowed outside to get any morsel possible.  She had worked hard, after all...

MT practically pushed the FW out of the way as she plowed outside to get any morsel possible. She had worked hard, after all…

I WENT TO GET HAY…

I left MT out to explore and recover from her morning of trimming while I took the truck to go get some more awful hay for the poor Queen.  (She hates the low-calorie hay.)

When I returned, MT was on the truck like bees to honey.  She would not move away as I tried to back into the barn.   She stood her ground.

I could not get her away from the truck!  She stood her ground.

I could not get her away from the truck! She stood her ground.

I had to lock her up.

(Pause to honor the huge pouting session that followed.)

Although MT refused to eat anything while she was locked in the dreadfully small first stall that is only used as a bathroom, for heaven’s sake…  I kicked the bales off of the truck and dragged and flipped them into the hay barn.

Here she is, pouting because I locked her in the potty stall.

Here she is, pouting because I locked her in the potty stall.

Then I let Ms. Hissyfit out.

She proceeded to clean up all the waste I had created by dragging/flipping/tossing/beating her bales into the haybarn.

Then she walked up the hill to see what the other horses had that she could steal…

Atta Girl!

Finally.  She marches out of the stall.

Finally. She marches out of the stall.  Bad foot first.

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Then the other foot.

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She stopped to clean up her flooring.

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Then it was time to go back outside and meander until dark! Atta girl!

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KNOW ANY LITTLE KIDS? HERE IS A DARLING (and a deal!) Kid’s book with a great message by Leslie Anne Webb: Oscar, the Big White Horse (who didn’t know he was big)!






FIRST OF ALL… Many of you could not view any photos from yesterday’s Mama Tess Extravaganza #5 – so sorry, my fault.  I used photos that were too large, which totally defeated the purpose!  Sheesh.   Anyway, click here and you should now be able to view all the jewelry.  Due to this glitch, there are many pieces still available!  ;)

OSCAR, THE BIG WHITE HORSE (WHO DIDN’T KNOW HE WAS BIG)

Remember last week when I went to my friend’s house and came upon her horse, Sam,  in colic?

Well, I was going there that day to pick up THIS BOOK!   Yup, hot off the presses!  Leslie had a few copies in her office and I nabbed one.  It is brand new!

Oscar is one of Leslie’s own beloved horses.

THE BOOK!  Click image to find out more and to order!

THE BOOK! Click image to find out more and to order!

WHY I THINK IT IS A GREAT DEAL… Bang for buck, Kids love it…!

1)  Great deal for adults…

I think this is a GREAT deal because so many of Leslie’s famous paintings are included!!!!  Plus, you get a bunch of new images!  I know these aren’t originals, but heck, a program for a Theater Play costs more… and in this book, you have pages and pages of Leslie’s art.

If you are a Leslie Anne Webb fan, this is a great way to obtain several of her pieces!

She uses some of her very famous paintings because they are of her own horses - like Sam, who is one of Leslie's horses.

She uses some of her very famous paintings because they are of her own horses – like Sam and Oscar pictured here..

2)  Kids love it!  (Ages 2 – 7)

I’ve heard from several book store owners that little kids totally respond to the images, the colors and the story.

I've heard from book store owners that kids love the colors, the animals, the story and the

I’ve heard from book store owners that kids love the colors, the animals and the story!

3)  The story:

The story is universal… Basically, Oscar was always happy as a young horse… until others told him that he was too big to do the dexterous and fun stuff he was doing.  That made Oscar sad.  Then one night he had a dream that helped him realize that just because he is BIG doesn’t mean he can’t do things… And then Oscar was happy again!

Here is Oscar interacting with the other animals.

Here is Oscar interacting with the other animals.

4)  The diversity.

Leslie uses several different methods of illustration.  As you can see above:  pastels, watercolor, full color, partial color… it is delightful to have every page be different!

Oscar talking to a calf who tells him he should be pulling carts, not doing spins.
Oscar talking to a calf who tells him he should be pulling carts, not doing spins.  When looking at the book, the cow speaking to Oscar is so cute!

 MY FAVORITE PAGES…

Here are my favorite pages… but there are many pages so you be the judge!

I love this one because I do know all of Leslie's horses and this is a perfect depiction.

I love this one because I do know all of Leslie’s horses and this is a perfect depiction.

This is his dream... I love this.  It cracks me up that this is how Leslie figured to tell her story to little kids.  Love it.  (It is Leslie's favorite page as well.)

This is his dream… I love this. It cracks me up that this is how Leslie figured to depict the dream sequence to little kids. Love it. (It is Leslie’s favorite page as well.)

I adore this.  It is so Oscar - and many large, draft horses!

I adore this. It is so ‘Oscar’ – and many large, draft horses!

HOW TO ORDER?

Easy, click here!

This is the real Oscar as a baby - he was only 2.5 months old here.  This was the day Leslie adopted him.  He came from a Premarin farm in Canada.

This is the real Oscar as a baby – he was only 2.5 months old here. This was the day Leslie adopted him. He came from a Premarin farm in Canada.

conversation with Oscar

A grown up Oscar with his Human, Leslie.

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