Sorry that once again it has been awhile. Been having lots of knee issues. Nothing out of the ordinary, just enough pain to stop things for awhile. I learned the hard way not to get on my computer if I am having to take lots of pain meds. (hee hee) It is amazing what you will buy on the internet at 4:00 a.m., not to mention the mistakes you make when you write.
Honey Bandit is now a gelding. He had his operation last Friday, and came through without a hitch. I was a little bit nervous about putting him under after everything he went through, but it was all good.
He has had very little swelling and no apparent discomfort. (I am sure there was some discomfort, but he was given pain meds and exhibited no tenderness when moving etc..) I have seen many colts with extreme tenderness after the procedure and some with none. Honey Bandit was blessed with very little discomfort.
After a colt is gelded, you need to spend 15-20 minutes twice a day exercising them (per the vet) so they don't end up with a lot of swelling. Getting the blood moving when they are exercising makes a huge difference in the ease with which they rehab. So we have been spending a bit of time in the round pen. Honey Bandit is doing extremely well with learning new things. Can't wait til he doesn't stumble so much, but I guess he just walks like me, ha ha. We had a little yard sale and there are lots of things out in the yard. HB loves to walk out there and go up and check out the stuff. One of his favorites was a two foot plastic pumpkin that rattles when you move it. It is now a favorite toy of the" three musketeers". He walked up to a mirror this evening, and his reaction was quite comical. He definitely spooked himself a little bit on that one. But he really is an intelligent horse. His curiosity is high and it is fun to watch him explore his world.
We are looking forward to seeing everyone on Saturday at the RAIN function. If you are coming from Reddding, just take Highway 44 East towards Mt. Lassen / Shingletown. It is roughly 20 miles from Redding. Turn right on Black Butte Rd and take an immediate left into the driveway by the storage facility and you will be in the Cinnamon Bear Bakery Parking lot. You will see lots of activity. It should be an awesome day, so come visit. It is also a great opportunity to do some "horse trading", as it will be a horsey event as well as other goodies.
See you Saturday