Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Chilcotin Holidays

Horse care: Giving a shot to Meg

During my first week as an intern at the ranch, a majority of the staff member team left on a 5 day-horse pack trip to set up Spruce Lake Camp. A few of us stayed to take care of the ranch. I was pretty overwhelmed with everything that we had to do because all of it was new to me. I wasn’t used to having responsibilities such as giving information to clients or even horse care etc.

One day, a few horses came back to the ranch from the wild. They stayed there for a couple of days to eat green grass and enjoy the Mountain freedom. We soon realized that one of the horses, Meg, injured her leg and it looked pretty deep. The owner, Kevan, explained to me that for an injury like that, we need to give a shot of penicillin to the horse everyday for about a week and try to keep the wound as clean as possible so it can heal properly. I helped him to give her the first shot. I was wondering how she would react since she is known to have a strong personality and might kick when she’s not happy. But she did nothing of the sort! She was too focused on her bowl of oats to even notice that we were taking care of her!

Then, we had to clean the wound. As much as I expected the shot to be the worst part for Meg, it turns out cleaning the wound bothered her much more. We put salt water on the wound with a syringe so that the dust and bacteria wouldn’t infect her leg and then throw a handful of sugar to prevent anything else from going into the wound.

The next day, staff members came back from their trip and I had to give Meg her shot by myself. I was really scared at first because I only saw Kevan do it once, and it was really impressive. I wasn’t sure I could do that on my own. That’s why other, more experienced, staff members went through the procedure with me once again and reminded me of the details I need to pay attention to in order to do take care of Meg properly. I had to try again three times because her skin is so tough that I had to take a run-up to place the needle correctly! In the following days, I had to teach another staff member how to do it properly so we can all participate in Meg’s healing process and keep a close eye on it. It was really impressive for everyone to have a responsibility like this.

Coming to the ranch and having this experience, I learnt how to believe in my skills and how to share them with someone else. Every time you learn something at the ranch, you can share it with another person who will pass it on to others. You can apply this process to anything and everything, that way, you learn a lot, not only from your personal experiences, but also from others’. Before, I didn’t know much about horse care and how to deal with an injury like Meg’s, and never would I have imagined myself giving a shot to a horse or putting salt water, even less sugar, on it.

Doing this over and over again for a bit more than a week, Meg’s leg got better and better really quickly! After only a week and a half, the wound almost healed completely and hair was growing back! Thanks to that, she recovered and went back to the bush in no time!

Raphaƫlle, 19

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