Non horsey things have taken over life recently, hence the lack of recent posts. I've still been working with horses daily, but not much has changed from the last post.
Griffin ate grass right in front of me again this evening, but this time, I sat on the ground right outside the panels and held a hunk of grass in my fist extended between the panels right next to his grass pile. As he inched closer to the edge of the pile nearest me, at one point he sniffed my hand (from a couple inches away) then took a couple steps back, then advanced to eat again. Then a couple minutes later, after he sort of forgot I was there, he raised his head checked out my hand, but got too close and he bumped it with the side of his mouth. That scared him a little, so he stepped back, walked away, then took his time coming back to eat grass. I decided that was good enough, so I made things easier by getting up to pick more grass as a nice little reward.
Kachina is doing better. Her large lymph gland has slowed it's drainage and I don't see any other lumps under her jaw (which is pretty easy to examine, since she lost all her hair from the underside of her jaw). She still coughs and is generally sick, but her coughs aren't quite as phlegmy, so I think she is getting better! It'll still be a few weeks before she's not contagious anymore though, I think. I still ask her to sniff my hand every time I am in her pen getting hay for her, so we've got a system down where she knows that I will back off her if she stops and looks at me. She still gets a little worried at first and will turn a circle with her butt toward me, but then she'll turn around, back up and face me. And I can always get her to sniff my hand, then I leave. If I crouch down when I ask her, she gets very relaxed. I must be much more intimidating when I'm standing.
So far, the tame horses are showing no signs of strangles. Catlow is coughing some, but she was coughing before they ever came. She seems otherwise healthy and I've been feeling lymph glands daily with no lumps. Maybe we dodged it...but then, the incubation period is 3-21 days and it's only been 14 days so far (one source I found said incubation period is 3-14 days, so we might be in the clear). Unfortunately, after Kachina recovers, she can still shed bacteria for up to 6 weeks. Thankfully though, the bacteria seem to be pretty weak in the environment when exposed to drying and sunlight. So, if we've kept it at bay so far, unless it's just incubating in Cody, Chico and Catlow, I think we might yet escape any further problems! Griffin never did start draining. He has a cough and snotty nose, which could be a very mild form of strangles, so I'm careful about him too (treat him like he's contaminated).
Ranch Journal ~ February 19, 2018
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