Playing With The Big Boys

Playing with the big boys

Apologies for my lack of posts or blogs recently, we have been quite pre-occupied!!

After Surgery 1

After Surgery 1

Typically our plan to start the season hasn’t gone to plan (much to my annoyance of the increasing need for tippex in my diary!!) Poor old Siren hasn’t been having much fun over the last few weeks. It all started on his holiday shortly after Burghley. We noticed he had a one sided discharge from his nose. Siren has always had a nasal discharge due to a chronic sinus problem, but it was getting worse. He then had the dentist who discovered a slab fracture of one of his back teeth on the side of the nasal discharge.

To cut a long story very short he was referred for a CT scan of his head. This confirmed the slab fracture. He was put on antibiotics but the infection returned. We then decided it was in Sirens best interest to have the tooth out and sinus drain. This unfortunately involves having a hole drilled in his head to allow drainage of the sinus, recovery was expected to be very short and hopefully the season would start as we have done for as long as I can remember, at Oasby.

Post surgery 2

Post surgery 2

But we should have known, anything including Siren’s head isn’t straight forward. Fast forward a few weeks, 2 more surgeries on his head, 2 more holes drilled in his head, 2 more courses of antibiotics, and I think/hope/pray/beg that we can see the light at the end of the tunnel. All drains and staples are removed and he has eventually got his mojo back.
We had a few weeks of hunger strike which made him look like I could be reported to the Rspca. He goes off his food very easily and isn’t greedy over anything. I really cannot thank Anna at Topspec enough for putting up with my extremely fussy horse and persevering with us he is eventually eating again and is, very slowly, putting on some condition.

Thankfully regaining his appetite

Thankfully regaining his appetite

I must thank the amazing team at Rainbow Vets for dealing with Siren when he isn’t always the most accommodating! But special thanks to John Millar, Partner and vet at Aireworth Vets (longest standing sponsor/past employer) as he received far too many phone calls from me at all hours when panicking! Thanks John

So…. After all that we have brought Si into full work. Still some snot but this seems to be reducing (if you see me riding Siren at an event look out for my mum, she won’t be far away with Sirens hanky!) He hasn’t really lost much fitness as we have managed lots of hacking so we are straight back into it.

We have entered Kelsall AI in a few weeks and also Chatsworth CIC***. After having to withdraw more events this season than in my eventing lifetime, I’m hoping I don’t have to withdraw from any more!! I didn’t want to rush him, and although fit and well, he haven’t even seen a cross country fence yet so I think Belton Advanced this weekend might be a bit much.

Starting to look back to his normal shiny happy healthy self

Starting to look back to his normal shiny happy healthy self

Siren is no worse off than before, just minus one tooth, minus a bit of skull bone from his 4 holes he has had drilled and once his clip has grown back no one will be able to tell. He has been brilliant throughout all this. He couldn’t be blamed for not letting anyone near his head again but he continues to be the star he is.

Hopefully my next blog will be a event report from Kelsall …. Here’s to hoping!!!

Much love,
Charlotte and Si

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