Tuesday, May 1, 2012


This post is a little update to the progress of Athena.

She came home with us on Friday and we had her corralled in with the two boys for the first night.  Saturday we decided, to work with her it would be easier to separate her so she would be less prone to infection and we could keep a better eye on her behavior.  We moved her to the small coral closest to the house and had Frankie and Twist in the center coral. We had Buck in the pastures (we have two and kept them open between)

Saturday we cleaned up her wound and walked her and the boys for a little while on a lead and then decided to move Buck in with the boys to get them associated.  Buck was in the very back of the acreage so it took us a couple hours to get him walked back up to the corals. (It was lightly raining and he has a bad hip so he was in a little bit of pain.) 

Once we put Buck in with the boys we noticed him running around with them.. or so we thought.  It turns out he was trying to show that he was the "King" and was not being so nice.  We figured out too that it was because she was looking for a "boyfriend" and he thought he'd be the perfect guy.. (Okay old man! haha even though your 15 years older and have a bad hip!)  Eventually we had to move him off by himself to get him calm after he wanted to show Josh how bad he was and charge at him.

Anyway, during that whole fiasco of Buck being a booger, Athena had gotten upset when we were moving him and decided she wanted to show that she wanted to be near her boyfriend and kick the fence.  Well, we didn't know that she had kicked the fence until last night when we went out to treat her gun shot wound, which is doing splendidly! 

We noticed she was favoring her back leg, when we looked at her leg we didn't see anything was wrong and was thinking she may have sprained it.  Well... this morning Josh went out to feed and treat her and feed the boys and he noticed that there was a clean cut right above her hoof.  We're not too sure why she would be favoring it now instead of after it had happened, but we sprayed some of that AWESOME Vetericyn (yes we went to the store right after work last night to get some!) on the cut to keep it clean and from getting infected.

Besides being the sweet, shy, beautiful little lady that she is that's all the news on our rescued girl.  You'll have to say posted to find out what happens.  Will she calm down?  Will she even let a saddle on her?  Or will she just be a cute "lawn mower"? (Which is okay if that's what she needs)


 The new wound on her leg is a little worse than what we initially thought, she had kicked the fence but she had also kicked her lean-to (picture below). The Josh's got her cleaned up and bandaged.  We're going to be giving her penicillin for a while and have to keep her leg wrapped, but after it was cleaned and wrapped she didn't favor it NEAR as much.  We cleaned and prepared a stall in the barn for her to stay for a little while and turned the radio on low for her to get used to voices.  She was pretty content and pretty sleepy too when we put her in the barn. (Long day and hurting can make anybody tired!)

Here is Athena getting her new wounds cleaned.  She did SO good!
She even relaxed enough that she was grazing on the grass!

Such a pretty girl!

She kicked a pretty good hole.  Josh and I decided last night that we're just going to tear this lean-to down a rebuild a newer/safer one.

I'd like to note the Website that has some good information too. 
WikiHow's 'How to Gain the Trust of an Abused Horse'

I also want to note a very informative and useful Blog:

Lots of really good information!!

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