January 27 th


Knickers gets a horsey makeover

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Knickers, the 30 year old Arabian stallion we just took in, saving him from being put down, had a quite a day today. He got a horsey makeover of sorts! At 10 AM, the farrier came to trim his hooves. I normally do the hoof trimming here, but his feet were too overgrown and he is not too easy to handle. Sam (the farrier) and I managed to get the job done with no one getting hurt and Knickers was not caused any upset.

newly trimmed hoof


Knickers, won't you sponsor a horse?


In the afternoon, our vet was out to give Knickers a much-needed dental. He is missing some molars and the opposing teeth kept growing into points, which had to be cut off with molar cutters, a tool that looks like a bolt cutter. Here is what was cut off. He also got his teeth floated, which is having the sharp edges filed off.

Sharp molar points which had been causing pain

Knickers was sedated for his dental, so he was very well behaved for that! When I fed him his evening meal, he was already having an easier time eating his soaked hay pellets.

While the vet was here, he took a look at Tara, because the groomer and I had found she has a tumor on her hind end. It does not appear to be cancerous and we feel surgery would be out of the question at her age and condition and the cost to do it. Our vet thinks it could be quite some time before it causes possible incontinence. Tara already has arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease, so putting her through invasive surgery  would not be a good thing in our opinion.

Tara snoozing

Tonight, our friend Monica Wilson saw Knickers’ picture on Facebook and did some artistic changes. We love it!

Knickers, by Monica Wilson

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  1. Karin & Shad Damron says:

    Wonderful Catherine…Blessings

  2. Shauna says:

    So glad everything went so well!!!

  3. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    Thanks, Shauna, me too! He can kick if he feels at all annoyed or threatened….but it is not his fault he has been through hell at the hands of humans. He seemed happier and more comfortable today.

  4. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    Thanks, Karin & Shad! <3

  5. Sharon says:

    I LOVE the way Monica ‘framed’ the pic of KNICKERS…it is wonderful!
    Love and Hugs to You and the ‘Gang’ ♥

  6. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    Thanks, Sharon! I love it, too. Monica really has talent.

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