Hope ya'll had a good night last night. Honey Bandit ran and played and had a good time yesterday, for about 15 minutes or so. It was heartwarming to watch him playing.
We were wondering if he shook his little brains too hard because he got cast twice last night. It was almost impossible to figure out how he even got in such a precarious position. Luckily Matt checked on him and found him and then I heard him again last night.
We are going to try lining the walls with straw again. A wonderful vet tech suggested that, and at least that would help protect his legs.
He also ran into a tree when he was playing. So prayers for his little wires to finish healing would be wonderful. He is doing so well for the most part.
Today he was back to Mr. Mellow, but was having his usual ball munching away. He was not too impressed by the snow this time. I guess he is "used to it", as he was out in it for about 15 minutes the last time it snowed Click Me!.
As some people aren't really familiar with what "cast" is, I attached a picture of HB "cast", when he cannot get up. He gets stuck, and instead of rolling back over, he is just stuck. A horse cannot stand up without their feet in front of them. He gets in these weird positions where he cannot straighten out his legs, get them in front of him, or move at all. Often times he ends up with his legs bent in front of him and he is on his back against the wall.
Because of their weight and size, horses cannot lay down for too long. While they are little they lay down more, but the heavier they get, the shorter periods that they lay down. Their bodies are too heavy and can cause problems internally. Also, it is not uncommon for a horse to break a leg if they are cast for too long of a period and they panic or try to hard to get up. This is one of the reasons he still needs to be watched nearly 24/7. It is definitely not normal to get cast so often. I have heard of horses that went through trauma doing that, sometimes for two years before they outgrow it. It would be really cool if ya'll prayed that maybe he could get better a little bit quicker!! :)
It is completely normal for horses to get cast every once in awhile, but we are pretty sure there are some neurological things still happening. The way he kind of "ran into" the tree was not really a normal action. But he just thinks it's what you do. He just kind of stops, shakes his head and goes merrily on his way.
Just wanted to give ya'll a little update. He is such a love bug. Jennifer took some videos so she should have some up on youtube as well, and on Facebook.
Take care and God Bless! Honey Bandit
Chilly Pepper - Miracle Mustang
30027 State Highway 44 East
Shingletown, CA 96088