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Bud is back in orthotic shoes, and they seem to be helping. They make him look like he’s wearing bedroom slippers, but he doesn’t care.

I’ve been known to wear my bedroom slippers most of the day when I’m home.

I guess it runs in the family.

These boots are called Soft-Ride Equine Comfort Boots, and they are the bomb. The gel cushioning protects Bud’s old, tired, sore feet.

 X-rays Confirm the Pain

Our vet took x-rays on Monday, which confirmed that Bud’s feet are indeed sore. He has an abscess on one hoof and a gas pocket on the other. So his feet are wrapped in poultices and snug in the Soft-Ride boots.

The Whole Family is Hobbling Around

Right now in our immediate family – that would be two humans, one old cat and two old horses – everyone has some type of mobility issue.

In other words, we’re kind of a mess!

Arthritis and injury are definitely taking their toll.

Suffice to say that no one is going anywhere quickly these days! But maybe that’s okay. It seems that I continually receive reminders to slow down and be present to the moment at hand. And now my body is underscoring that reminder.

For now, Bud is doing better.

He is in less pain; we hope the abscess is healing; and he is getting lots of TLC.

One day at a time is our motto.

The "bounce back boy"

Right now we’re living in the land of wait and see.

Last week I told you that Bud, our now twenty-nine year old Appaloosa, was having trouble walking.

Thank you so much for your comments and good wishes.

We have an outstanding support team in our vet and farrier and with their help and expertise Bud is doing much better.

He seems to be relatively free of pain and even manages a little giddy-up on the way to the gate for his grain.

As Laurel commented last week, Bud is the “bounce back boy.”

But he isn’t completely out of the woods yet.

He has Cushing’s Disease which severely compromises his immune system, placing him at risk for a whole host of unpleasant maladies.

Right now we’re watching him to make sure he doesn’t founder, a serious vascular disease of the hoof, and a potential complication of Cushing’s.

It may mean taking him off the pasture with its lush emerging green grass for a while. We’d have to take Pepper with him because otherwise he’d be stressed and wouldn’t eat.

Right now though, it’s wait and see.

It’s encouraged me to reflect on how I live. In truth aren’t we all doing the “wait and see” method of life?

There are no guarantees.

We live each day as best we can, and yes, some are inevitably better than others.

But ultimately we must take each day as it comes.

“One day at a time,” the AA mantra suggests.

And yet again, Bud is showing me the way.

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