I have no idea! Part 2!

When we left off with my last special needs horse post, Stampede had heat in his leg from the area of his missing hair down into his hoof and was quite lame but my vet was missing due to a personal illness. The vet continued to be missing for about another week and a half but thankfully she’s okay now.

So I continued treating everything – so soaking the foot, wrapping the foot, wrapping the leg. All the things!

Foot soaking fun

Mid foot soaking selfie

Then we did pop an abscess!

Fresh abscess hole

Popping the abscess basically put us back to the slight lameness he had when the vet came so I waited for the vet to return. When the vet and I finally got in touch though the x-rays were not remarkable at all. Everything looked fine, the vet said the only thing she could be picky about is that he had slightly more sole on the outside of his foot. So we decided as a last-ditch effort we would ask the farrier to bring down the outside wall a bit and add some pads. Thankfully my farrier is awesome and came out a couple of days later and made the changes.

Lots of issues in one small area of the pony

I gave Stampede a few days to adjust to the shoeing changes and he decided to let his hind leg crud go wild.

Boo on permanent leg crusts gone wild

Finally I got on the beast and did a lot of walking and a tiny bit of trot which led to the video on my instagram (link to right) of Stampede almost falling on his face. He was sound though!

Then there are those moments where your #specialneedshorse forgets a foot… #stampede makes sure I have good balance!

A video posted by Kristen M. (@stampyandthebrain) on

Stampede’s preferred activity

Stampede’s back however was not ready to just jump into riding so we have been doing some lunging.

He’s a weirdo who likes lunging

So we’ve been lunging a few days a week until today when I showed up to work him and we were missing something…

Trouble leg strikes again

Someone lost his first shoe in many years, and of course on the cursed leg. Off I went to his pasture shoe hunting. Two full surveys of his small pasture yielded no shoe which was odd. I came back in and someone joked it might be in his stall. Guess where the shoe was? In my horse’s stall. How does this happen?

The good news is the boys are due for a trim and reset Tuesday so the farrier will be out soon and I do have the shoe. I also already have bell boots at the ready. Leave it to Stampede to keep me guessing!



  1. Wilbur, Ellie, and Emily

    Glad he’s on the mend! That “falling on face” video tho- oh ponies. 🙂

    1. stampyandthebrain (Post author)

      Yeah my one friend who took the video is bad luck for me, lol. She took my stampede trip while cantering video a couple years ago. Special pony!

  2. falllinefarmblog

    Ive been battling abscesses this month from all of the muf we have had and Marcus is a MORON to soak. Like goes nuts, knocks over the pan/bucket/etc and then spooks at it…sigh.

    1. stampyandthebrain (Post author)

      Stampede is annoying to soak. I use a huge rubber tub and then I distract him by pulling his mane. If I use a smaller tub or bucket he will hit the edge of it then spook and water will fly, lol.

  3. Tracy - Fly On Over

    Gracious Stampy! Get your sh*t together, man!!

    1. stampyandthebrain (Post author)

      He has trouble growing up and keeping it together, lol.

  4. Emma

    Omfg that video tho!! Maybe it’s time for leg transplantation???

    1. stampyandthebrain (Post author)

      My favorite part was that he tripped on the right front as opposed to the left front he had been lame on. Needs a whole new body or something.


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