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xoxoxoBruce 08-28-2015 10:11 PM

That has nothing to do with genes. If the horse was running wild the hooves would wear away to keep them from getting over grown. They're the same as finger nails. If a man has a job that's hard on hands, like a stone mason or something, he wouldn't have to trim them.

Even if the horse was used regularly by the owner they would still need care, as most horses that are used, are shod. The shoe prevents a lot of things, but one is wear, so the hoof would grow until the shoe no longer fits and falls off. Then the Farrier trims the hoof back and fits a new shoe.

These horses obviously weren't shod or used, or cared for. Christ, even prisoners get an hour a day in the yard. This is blatant abuse.

Griff 08-29-2015 08:08 AM

That really pisses me off.

Clodfobble 08-31-2015 10:25 PM

Started reading (listening to) "Infinite Jest." Absolutely ADORE it. Even better than everyone said. Then I learned David Foster Wallace died in 2008. Stone officially bummed.

Sundae 09-05-2015 08:12 AM

Dads has a urinary infection and a chest infection :(
Mum's asked me to go down so she can make a long-awaited hospital appointment; he can't be left on his own at the moment.

Also, because this came on on Friday, she can't ask anyone else in the family to take time off work at such late notice to help out. And because it's a urinary infection, there is the possibility of accidents and cleaning up after. No-one wants to have to do that for their Dad, but at least he can deal with it better than if it was a family friend male OR female)

So off to Aylesbury tomorrow. I wish it was in better circumstances.
Am worried about him, worried about Mum, worried about the journey and worried about whether they will be able to come up to Otley next Monday, which is all booked and paid for - they certainly wouldn't get a refund on the most expensive part of the trip, which is the train tickets.

Signed, worried of West Yorkshire.

Gravdigr 09-05-2015 02:27 PM

Well, damn, Sundae...Hoping Dad shapes up quickly.

xoxoxoBruce 09-05-2015 03:26 PM

Yeah bummer, but no matter what happens you'll be there to help your Mum, so that's cool.

it 09-05-2015 04:07 PM

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monster 09-05-2015 09:49 PM

On the plus side, you'll get to spend time with your dad with no mum interference, you might get to see your friend with the leg tumor and you get to cook for your parents again..... and you get to be there for yout r mum if the hospital appointment stresses her out

DanaC 09-06-2015 03:58 AM

What Monster said:)

I know you're worried, hon. It ain't easy. If they don't end up coming to yours then at least you'll have been down to spend some time with them. Forget about the potential loss of train fare - it isn't the worst thing in the world. Sounds trite I know - especially from and to someone with fuck all - but it's only money.

Sundae 09-06-2015 12:57 PM

Antibiotics have kicked in with a vengeance.
Dad much brighter, Mum less worried but very pleased to see me. She told me quietly she thought he was going to die on Friday night (and she's not that easily spooked) because of the rattle in his chest. Apparently it sounded the way Nanny did when she was dying.

He can make it to the toilet with only minor help, and always on time.

Thanks for the mat idea, Trac - I'll suggest it to Mum. That wasn't the kind of accident he was having, but it's a great idea anyway.

And thanks to everyone else for perspective. I'm not as stoic as Mum.
Apparently both the paramedics and the Doctor spoke to Mum privately and said this may be the start of a decline, and it's likely that urinary infections will become more common now. So she's getting all the gear in, including a commode (because she can get it free from the Red Cross, even though he won't need it immediately now this is passing... if I can say that! Ditto a bedsheet and pads.

He's going to be assessed by a falls specialist (ABOUT TIME!) and they will probably add grab rails between bedroom and bathroom. Of course Mum doesn't know I've bought him glow-in-the-dark tape yet, but that will come in handy to outline them.

All is calm, all is bright. Waiting for our Indian takeaway to be delivered! Yummy.

xoxoxoBruce 09-06-2015 02:14 PM

Good to have a moments rest to gather thoughts and make contingency plans. Don't forget to breathe. ;)

Gravdigr 09-06-2015 02:29 PM

I was soooooooo wondering why the thought of a cleaner restroom floor was bumming Traceur's stone, but, I'm caught up now.


it 09-06-2015 05:58 PM

I got the accident wrong... Must have been projectile/ing.

I am glad to hear he is getting better Sundae. I am sorry for what he's going through, but ending are rarely pleasant, and overall he seems like he is a pretty lucky father.

monster 09-06-2015 10:09 PM


Originally Posted by traceur (Post 938131)
I got the accident wrong... Must have been projectile/ing.

I am glad to hear he is getting better Sundae. I am sorry for what he's going through, but ending are rarely pleasant, and overall he seems like he is a pretty lucky father.

it's a transatlantic difference, Trust me, I'm a Dr ......and I freaked a few people out at first when I said my kid had had an accident..... I learned (eventually)

xoxoxoBruce 09-11-2015 04:11 PM

After a lot of bullshit installing a new boiler in my house, which is the same make and model but nothing alike, the oil burner guy came this morning and fired it up. Done at last! Done at last! Thank God Almighty, I'm done at last!

Waiting for him to come back from his truck, I see a drip. Just one drop of water falling from where? The expansion tank tucked up between the joices, has a wet spot where the paint is bubbled, obviously from rust under the paint. I could patch with epoxy, or weld on a patch, but rust under the paint indicates rust from the inside, so the whole tank might be on the verge of catastrophe. But more importantly, it means I'm not done.

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