April 2, 2012 3 Comments
Today’s the day of Derby’s surgery. He was a bit surprised to see me at the barn this morning, but wasn’t bothered when I interrupted his breakfast with a grooming However, it was funny, as soon as I put his halter on – which was newly festooned with fleece, he knew something was up. And when the shipping boots went on, the jig was up.
Derby loaded like a star, standing quietly while I fumbled with the bull-nose clip. Liz’s friend Christine, who operates Teener Thoroughbreds, hauled him to Merritt Equine for me, and she reported that he was nice and quiet during the ride.
Once at Merritt, Derby was greeted by a thermometer wielding vet tech before he got off the trailer. She had to wait a few minutes for him to un-clamp his tail (he’s a modest fellow) but within short order he was allowed off the trailer.
We checked in, and Derby was shown to a stall. He settled in nicely. He’ll be there overnight, and we’ll bring him home tomorrow at lunchtime.
Despite the fact that this is a relatively minor procedure that is fairly common, I’m still on pins and needles today. The surgery is scheduled for early afternoon, and the surgeon will give me a call with a report once it’s over. Until then, I’ll be keeping my fingers corssed that Derby’s day continues to proceed smoothly and uneventfully. 🙂