Somebody gave me a fright today…



MOOOOOOOOOOOM I don’t feel too good….

There was a lot of digging and a little bit of tummy biting going on.


Eventually there was a little roll.  So little that I didn’t catch it on camera.


I changed the plan for the day and walked him for about twenty minutes in the arena.  He was so depressed and miserable.  To be clear, Flurry has been a complete gobshite for about a month now, spooky and on his toes while being ridden.  So much so that I’ve taken to lunging him before I ride.  He’s only fed hay, but it’s really good quality hay, plus there has been a small flush of green growth in their paddock since the weather warmed up, so I put his excess energy down to the classic ‘Too Much Food and Not Enough Work.’  We cut his hay by half about ten days ago, but this utter lethargy was not due to reduced food.  This was definitely a mild colic.

I was alone at the farm. I took his temperature (normal) and listened for gut sounds (present, but not much activity).  I called Alex and we agreed that 20ml of Calmagine was a good idea.  I knew where all the drugs and needles were but I DON’T DO INJECTIONS.  I’m a wimp.  And I’ve always had someone to do it for me.

Gulp.  Time to put on my big girl pants… measured out Calmagine.  Swabbed neck with alcohol.  Got clean needle.  Took a deep breath and went TAP TAP TAP on the injection site with the side of my fist, as I’ve seen done a million times.  Stuck the needle in.  Wow, it went in much easier than I expected… Attached syringe, checked for blood on ‘pullback’ if that’s the right term for it… depressed plunger slowly and steadily.  Removed needle, massaged injection site.

Job done.  Boy, am I blessed to have two horses that are stoic heroes when it comes to injections.


I’m feeling better already, Mom! nom nom nom nom

I left the little monster nibbling short grass in a well grazed paddock.  Enough to keep the digestive system ticking over, but hopefully not enough to overload it.  I have to wait in for a package delivery this afternoon but I’ll go and check on him as soon as that arrives.  But I think we’re okay.  Fingers crossed.

10 thoughts on “Somebody gave me a fright today…

  1. From a total needle-phobe — giving and receiving — I commend your success at giving the injection! When we had horses on Adequan (monthly injection), Brett always did it for me. Thank goodness. It is amazing what we can do when we have to, though. Hoping Flurry is back to his usual self (sorry) soon. Gobshit is better than colic.


    • I’m glad SOMEONE understands me! I’ve always felt like a wuss for not wanting to do it, but I’ve always had George around to do it for me. Too bad he’s in China at the moment!
      And yes, normal ass**** Flurry is much better than very-sad-sorry-for-himself Flurry. Little monster ❤


    • Thanks! I’m happy that I now know how to do an injection! Every cloud has a silver lining… and he’s definitely ‘normal’ this evening.


    • I’m not sure Flurry thinks I’m a good mom (“WHAT??? CANTER CALMLY? BUT THERE ARE WOLVES IN THE WOODS!!!”) but believe me I am pleased that I did it. And sooooo lucky that he is not as needle-phobic as I am!


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