Tuesday, March 31, 2009
- Unable to get up by himself
- Normal temperature
- Startled easily
- Walked with head and neck extended
- Eyes "rolled back"
- Rapid breathing
Tetanus toxemia is caused by a specific neurotoxin produced by Clostridium tetani in necrotic tissue. Horses are the most sensitive of all species, with the possible exception of humans.
The incubation period varies from one to several weeks but usually averages 10-14 days. Localized stiffness, often involving the masseter muscles and muscles of the neck, the hindlimbs, and the region of the infected wound, is seen first; general stiffness becomes pronounced ~1 day later, and tonic spasms and hyperesthesia become evident.
The reflexes increase in intensity, and the animal is easily excited into more violent, general spasms by sudden movement or noise. Spasms of head muscles cause difficulty in prehension and mastication of food, hence the common name, lockjaw . In horses, the ears are erect, the tail stiff and extended, the anterior nares dilated, and the third eyelid prolapsed. Walking, turning, and backing are difficult. Spasms of the neck and back muscles cause extension of the head and neck, while stiffness of the leg muscles causes the animal to assume a “sawhorse” stance. Sweating is common. General spasms disturb circulation and respiration, which results in increased heart rate, rapid breathing, and congestion of mucous membranes.
Usually, the temperature remains slightly above normal, but it may rise to 108-110°F (42-43°C) toward the end of a fatal attack. In mild attacks, the pulse and temperature remain nearly normal. Mortality averages ~80%. In animals that recover, there is a convalescent period of 2-6 wk; protective immunity usually does not develop after recovery.
That is a first for us, we've always heard of it and we give all of our animals tetanus shots if they have surgery or such. The lambs always get a tetanus shot when they are banded. But Trooper hasn't had one. Guess we will have to include those on foals from now on.
Dr. Edwards says if he keeps eating the prognosis is good. He will have to have 5 shots today and tomorrow.
Bob and Trooper are now on their way to the vet so I will update the post as I find out more info. I had to come to work.
Monday, March 30, 2009
He is still improving though it seems so slow. But when we look back at the photos we can see how far he has come. He was five weeks old yesterday.
If you look close, the little girl has a white tip on her tail. I think we will name her "Tippi" after Tippi Hedren, a movie star like her mom's namesake. Of course her tail tip will be gone soon, since she was banded yesterday.
We are pretty sure that is the lamb crop for now. Lilly and Grannie don't appear to be pregnant, so our count ended up 8 girls and 5 boys. Not bad for our ram, Ralph's first lambs.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Score is now 7 girls to 5 boys...
Reba's twin sister, Raquel was moved into the "nursery" pen and should deliver this week. She is our smallest ewe and we pray that this first time lamb will be easy for her.
Reba and Raquel (named after two famous redheads... McEntire and Welch) are daughters of Mudpie, who is still in the jug (pen) nearby. Her little ewe lamb (right>) is doing fine, though she is very petite. I haven't come up with the perfect "T" name for her. Maybe Toy, Tiny, Teeny or something like that.
Her mom, Mudpie needs extra groceries since she is "elderly" so we are keeping her separated from the big flock for a while longer. She doesn't seem to mind.
He is very curious about everything, including his Tunis neighbors who were in the yard grazing when we took him out for a walk.
After exercise he got lots of good scratches from Bob while mom Jasmine watched enviously. (She got some too later).
Thursday, March 19, 2009
The grass is greening up now that we had some good rains last week. And the sheep and horses are loving it!
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
The shamrock is a symbol of St. Patrick’s Day because Patrick used its three leaves to explain the Trinity.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
I will try to get photos later, it was quite dark in the barn this morning. We are getting more rain, Praise the Lord!
Thursday, March 12, 2009
I guess that I will now have time to ramp up the web design business. I already have a website in place at http://www.unicornerweb.com/ and if anyone is interested in some web work, please let me know!
We hear that he and his new buddy, Sienna are best friends.
Here is Bob's new business card for his photography business. we will be setting up a website soon at http://www.unicornerphoto.com/. The gorgeous mini model shown is our friends, the Cox's stallion, Dragon. We are expecting a foal sired by Dragon from our gorgeous palomino mare, Locket. Dragon is super special to us because we now own his mother, Easter Acres Midnite Satin and she is one of our top producing mares.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
The draft girls are starting to shed off already. This is Xena and Freda enjoying a spring day before the front came in this morning and brought cooler weather and the rain.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Additionally, the attendees were entertained and educated about horses too. Linda Brown of A Wizards Spell Ranch and others presented Gypsy horses to the visitors and to the management of the Houston Stock Show. They are hopeful the breed will be invited to show at next year's Stock Show.
Monday, March 9, 2009
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Ruse had a darling little ram on Monday. I was a bit under the weather with a nasty virus and Bob had to help with delivery.
It has taken me several days to feel better so I'm trying to get caught up on some posts.
Early this morning as we were about to go on a photo shoot near Houston, Ruffles decided to go into labor. Bob had to go on without me. After 2 1/2 hours of hard labor and assistance of me and the good Lord she delivered this beautiful, big red boy... backwards.
Grammie and the moms had a great time decorating with the flowers and colors of pink, purple, yellow and green.
Don't you love the cupcakes?
Lots of friends and family came to celebrate Avery and Rylie's first birthdays.