Saturday, February 6, 2016

Not So Special An Event

Well I hit my first road block in my ride every time I am out at the barn. Winston has been having issues with his eyes off and on for a few weeks. They puff up and get teary, we put ointment in and they clear up. Today he showed up with nearly two eyes completely closed. I attempted to put ointment in, but the tears were washing it away.
I waited to see how he looked later. Dottie and DaVinci got new shoes, I dropped hay, filled hay nets and water. Winston came into the stall with his knees wet from rubbing his eyes. He looked miserable. I finally called the vet. She called back and I explained the situation.

The vet figures it is allergies since all his tears are clear. She advised giving him bute to help with the swelling and an off brand zyrtec. I saved on a farm call, but still ended up meeting the vet 30 min away to get more eye ointment. Then since I was near by, I went to Costco to get the allergy medicine. That was a mistake, this being Superball weekend. I spent twenty minutes in line to buy my one item. Just under two hours later, I made it back to the barn. And there went my ride time...sigh.
Fingers crossed Winston looks better tomorrow, so the vet does not have to visit Monday.

Meanwhile, a real special event will happen tomorrow. During my day's drama, Mom and Peggy were attending a winter clinic for the James River Driving Association. An awesome guy was giving a course on whip handling and cones courses. We have taken some of his online courses and he is a great teacher. About the time I got back to the barn, Mom sent me a text saying she signed up for the cones driving the next day. WHAT!!! That means we have to get the trailer out, hopefully. Well it turns out someone else who paid for the session, gave away the spot for free. So Rosemary and Mom will have an adventure and I am prepping my cameras.


  1. I had to feed Zyrtec and ended up buying Kirkland brand at my vets recommendation and saved a lot of money.

    Kirkland Signature Aller-Tec Cetirizine Hydrochloride Tablets, 10 mg, 365 Count , Pack of 3

    1. Yes, that is exactly what I bought. My vet recommended the off brand so I braved Costco to get it. So happy there is this alternative available since we have to feed it to him for the next two weeks.

  2. aw poor Winston :( my mare very occasionally gets puffy eyes for what we also suspect are allergies... and actually just keeping them clean and clear with baby wipes seems to help a little too