Yesterday I went to town, which always means sacks & assorted "stuff" to unload. For some reason Gus seemed to think that his help was needed. It is difficult to open the side door on a van, gather up as many sacks, etc as you can carry, & get the door closed again, before your "helper" either grabs one of the sacks, or you get one of the sacks caught in the door as you try to shut it quickly, so the "helper" can't grab a sack. It's a very clumsy project, & I have never been able to get them to agree to leave me alone when I'm unloading the van. I dropped the mail all over the ground, & figured it would be safe, since it's inedible, while I took what I was carrying into the house.
Came back out & Gus had a newsletter of magazine size in his mouth, swinging it around in the air, like a flag. By the time I got to it, between his snotty nose & what looked like hoof prints on torn pages, it's not very readable anymore. Wouldn't been so bad, but it's actually our neighbor's mail, we're picking up for them. I don't know how he could cause so much damage in such a short amount of time................!!!
As for his snotty nose, he has managed to get a cold or as they call it in equine circles, rhino. He was punky for a couple of days, but has bounced back, except for the snotty nose. I've tried to clean it, & he seems to like it just the way it is. I tried putting lotion on it because he's rubbed it enough to make it sore. EEEEEKKKK!!!!! you would have thought I was using acid. In fact he was such a pill, he had to stand tied until he would quit pawing the ground & stand still. He dug a big hole to show his displeasure, & also would not except any treats.......or what he obviously thought of as bribes.
Chester is continuing to improve, & is walking with almost no limp at all. We are planning on taking him up to the equine center in Gilbert later this month, & have him evaluated. I'm not going to quit giving him antibiotics until I'm told to. So we'll see what Dr. Taylor has to say.