Accidental Experience

Hey guys

How on earth is week four starting already?! This semester is going so fast, I can’t believe we’re almost half way. I’ve been a lot more involved in extra curriculars this year which I think contributes to the time flying by. I’ve joined the rugby team, which is so much fun – training is twice a week,  Monday and Wednesday, and it doesn’t start until 7pm which means it doesn’t get in the way of anything else. I’ve also joined the equestrian club, and I’m starting polocrosse lessons this Thursday which I’m really looking forward to. I’m starting fencing this week and I’d love to start climbing again but to be honest I don’t know if I’ll be able to fit it in!

As far as lectures go, I’m still enjoying the modules, which is a huge step up from last year – as I mentioned in a previous post, I was really struggling with motivation towards the end of last year, but I’m feeling so much better now which is a huge relief! Exotics is still the most fun – we’ve now dissected a rat and more recently, a seal pup – that absolutely stank, but it was really interesting. They have so much fat, even on their heads! The other modules are less hands on, but I’m able to relate them more to what I’ll be doing in practice.

Recently, I’ve been getting lots of “accidental experience” – my mare, who’s 23 and doing fantastically for her age, has been having issues with her feet since last winter. She had never been lame in her life before last year, but now she’s been getting abscesses. The current one is particularly bad – none of the ones she had last winter ever surfaced, but I ended up called the vet for this one as she was hopping lame even on painkillers. My new vet (who is amazing! she’s a new grad and my new favourite person) came out and scraped the sole which released a load of gross pus. That made her instantly better, and I left a poultice on her, but a few days later she was back to not putting any weight on it. The farrier came out very early this morning and scraped more of the sole away, which made more pus come out, and he also said that he thinks another abscess will erupt up by the coronet band – his theory is that some grit got into the wound and is now travelling up the hoof. Not great news, but so much better than being told “I have no idea why she won’t put her foot down”!

I’m having to be ultra organised because I’ve committed to so many activities as well as having my chores with my animals at home, so my bullet journal has been an absolute life saver. I’ll go into more detail in the next blog post as I have to run for a lecture now, but I hope you’re enjoying my second year antics so far!

Love,
Cici xoxo

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