|Dr. Black & Farah|
Just two-hours later, I got a call from the lady who helps out at the barn. She'd found Farah down - down in the worst possible place - in the doorway between her stall & the paddock - in a very steep spot... Being an RN - Candace got a halter on, got her up & called! We made record time getting to the barn & called Dr. Black on the way.
Farah was standing, but looked dazed when we arrived. Very stiff - her stride in the rear short & choppy. She was shivering in the wind, I was so thankful that we had her blanket in the truck! We started walking her - more for our benefit than hers. She pooed a nice pile - that was good to see! She became more alert, her eyes brightened as the sun set...
I called our Go-To Man - Dean Essex, DVM. Even long-distance he diagnosed a reaction to either the sedation - which she'd had before, or the carrier for the vaccine. He told us to stop walking the mare & wait for Dr. Black - who made the 40+ mile trip in record time. Gut sounds - good, temperature - normal, heart rate 44 & not dehydrated. Her HR had been 40 at the clinic. There was a slight swelling at the injection site. He too, thinks it was a reaction to the carrier (I don't remember the correct term.) in the vaccine. He also took a blood draw just to be sure there wasn't something else going on.
There was an inside stall open, Farah had stopped shivering. She was given Banamine & was much more comfortable by the time we left. I think we were home maybe an hour - when we both had to go back to check on her. She looked so much better - we watched as she took a nice long drink of water. Sweet relief!
We drove out again - first thing this morning & seeing her head over the stall door was as good as it gets! The swelling at the injection site was completely gone. Temperatures had warmed back up, we removed her blanket, gave her carrots & put her back into her stall. She busily began eating the wet beet pulp we'd brought & her hay. Dr. Black called to follow-up; saying that her blood work came back normal. We'll be watching her closely for the next few days.