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Of Beads and Beans and Floats... and Horsing Around

Friday was a marathon of equine veterinary care.

We started our morning early... bringing the herd in from the upper
pastures, where they had spent their night.

Everyone was exhausted, which was good...
 because we had scheduled a full morning of equine maintenance.

First on the schedule was Chloe and her continuing sarcoid saga.
Of course, in typical Chloe style, the most difficult part of the morning
was catching her and getting a lead rope attached to her halter.
She always knows when something is up.
She's the smartest donkey, and doesn't forget anything... ever!

Dr. Becky gave her a sedative which made her a little "loopy".

(In case you haven't yet met Dr. Becky...
she is Hubb's sister, a veterinarian... both large and small animal,
and a Board Certified equine surgeon.
It goes without saying that we never could have had such a
menagerie without her loving care through the years.)

Once the sedative began to work,
I led Chloe out into the front pasture, where Dr. Becky
gave her anesthesia.

We rolled her onto her back and propped her up with hay bales,
while MaryAnn came over to inspect the O.R.

Friday's procedures would include removal of incisional staples
(her infection appeared to be...

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