Natalie is one of our loyal range ponies. She's a cow eatin' surefooted mare with a slightly neurotic but tractable personality, violent aversion to swamps and bogs, and a penchant for groans and sighs to express her distaste for work. She's honest and quiet and can double time as a pack horse with no issue. For our interns, especially Ben, she was a go-to the whole summer.
Unfortunately, right at the end of the season, she managed to hurt herself somehow in the steep terrain. Although her injured fetlock bore no marks, there was swelling and heat in the joint, likely the result of a strained ligament or tendon. We took her home and put her out on pasture, watching for any signs that the lameness was getting worse, which would mean a trip to the vet. However, slowly but surely she began to recover, putting on weight quickly (long days had dramatically reduced her normally round physique) and walking better all the time. Now, only a few weeks later, she walks with barely a trace of a limp and continues to improve every day.
Dependable horses like her don't come along every day. So we can only breathe a sigh of relief to see her recovering, thankful that we'll be able to count on Natalie again next summer. -Melanie #ranchlife #quarterhorse #grittymare #ranchhorse #partners 📷: @melzingaphoto