I have one such thing that I keep forgetting about. I've had it for 30 years, sitting in a jar, sometimes in a drawer, sometimes on a bookcase. I was reminded of it while reading The Hunky Hanoverian's post about her horse Rio's surgery.
It's a splint bone.
Or rather, part of a splint bone. About a 2" part.
My first pony, Sunflower, had a bit of a bad year around 1989. We figured that she tried to kick another horse (being the cow that she was), missed the horse, and connected with a wood plank on a fence. Which resulted in a broken splint bone in her left hind leg. This was only the start of one of those "crappy things happen to horses" years.
|The Sunflower pony.|
So off to the local vet clinic she went. I was only 14 years old at the time, so I don't remember much of the true scenario. I imagine that she went under general anesthetic, but I don't know for sure. I know I was completely unaware of the risk that it would involve, as I had only been riding for about 3 years. She stayed at the clinic for about a week and came home to be rewrapped daily by me (I remember using Cool Cast bandages). After a while, it became apparent that she was experiencing some pain where the bone had been, so the nerves were cryogenically frozen along that area, and she forever more had 4 hairless dots along the outside of that leg.
And the surgery cost $800.
|I don't think I'd ever taken the bone out of the jar until I took these pictures.|
At least, that is how I remember it all, from my child's perspective of 30 years ago.
My party favour when I picked Sunflower up at the vet was the chunk of bone in a jar of formaldehyde.
The writing on the masking tape on the jar says "Sunflower, Left lateral splint bone, April 11/89". I guess that was my birthday present that year - my birthday is April 8th (bad things tend to happen around my birthday, I tend to get really paranoid around that time).
Over time, the formaldehyde has either leaked out or dried up. I didn't realize the condition of the jar until I took these photos - not sure if all the cracks actually go all the way through the jar or not.
|Whatever formaldehyde was left in the jar I dumped out when I took the bone out. Oops.|
Do you think it would be weird if I were to take it to the vet with me on my next visit and see if they would top up the formaldehyde?
This bone cost $800. I'm not getting rid of it anytime soon.
What weird horse things do you have in your possession?