Okay, time for a positive post. Since I was a bit freaking out over Saleem’s blood test, possibly indicating a slight fault on his kidneys, I have had the vet send me a copy of his test, so I could go over it with a magnifying glass on my own. I know, obsessive, that’s me.
Anyway, the one number on the test where he was off the scale was calcium. Way too low. Off the scale low. Which might indicate kidney issues. But… I have to admit, I don’t think so. I have been watching the horse like crazy the last week, and he doesn’t drink more than the others and his urine is pretty much the same color as the others… and going over the rest of his test, he showed a few vitamin imbalances, so now I am going over what I feed him again, making some changes to make up for what we were missing.
And I decided to keep an eye on him, but to stop driving myself crazy. He is not sick. My vet didn’t think so. For now, I am going to listen.
So, I decided that we needed to get away from home and be alive, other than worry all the time. I asked my friend LHK if she wanted to go to the beach with us.
Usually I would freak out over the prospect of having to drive my horses anywhere, and I would have to be forced, but this time I suggested it and I didn’t back out or panic over it. This is one of the wonderful things about Saleem. He is just so cool. Such a nice horse to bring along, no matter where we go. And LHK’s horse Louvre is completely cool with the trailer, so we went today.
The sun was pretty hot, for April, Saleem loaded fairly easily even though we haven’t trained trailer loading with him since November, and here we were.
Now, Louvre have not been out much, she has been used for breeding mostly, so even though she is 14 this year, she is as unsure of a lot of things, as Saleem is. That includes water. Foaming, moving water…
Knowing that my horse is small, I threw in the towel and got my feet wet, showing him the way. I was going to get wet anyway, once he jumped in. He is just not that tall.
Once we were past the first terror of the moving water, Saleem had the best day ever.
Such a wonderful horse. So easy going, so open minded, so trusting… I have never had a horse who is this fantastic to be around. He just takes everything in stride, and it is never stressful to work with him.
Thanks Lotte, Amalie, Aston, and Pia, for a wonderful day, and for proving to me that Saleem really isn’t sick. We played in the water for almost an hour, and he didn’t get tired. I am feeling much better about him now, I really am.
I’ll stop worrying for a while, and just enjoy how wonderful he is.
And sorry, LHK, I just love this picture of you guys!