Day 3: The bute seems to be completely out of Dexter’s system. He is very tender on the hard ground today, on all four feet. He’s okay on the soft ground, but still achy. I took him to the pond and asked him to stand in the cool mud. He seemed to enjoy that. I put Harley, a mini in with him for a companion. This is good for Harley as he’s about to founder himself, and for a horse, having the company of another horse is good for their mental health.
Mud Therapy: After taking Dexter out to the mud at the edge of the fishpond one time and letting him soak his feet, I didn’t have to do it again. He stands in the mud on his own now, for about 20 minutes at a time. I wonder how he would compare the cool soft mud to the Styrofoam pads. Really, we don’t wonder at all...we know.