I’m going to apologise now for the long post!
Today I was looking back at some old photos of my boy and thought I would share his “lump” story and more with u all! I can’t take credit for barely any of his fattening process cause that was up to the beautiful EAQ team and foster carers, they did a great job!
Archie came to Equine Action Qld in December 2013. Archie was bought pretty much straight off the track and the family that bought him didn’t realise the up keep of an off the track 6 year old thoroughbred. He then developed the lump on his head (read on further) and was surrendered to EAQ.
Mum ( Melissa Hanwright ) and I were at an EAQ meeting when our president Di Walduck mentioned that someone was coming to have a look at Archie and we should come along and meet Archie. The potential adoptee didn’t work out so mum and I thought why don’t I come and play with him another day and see what I think.
Anyway a few weeks later we organised to go and play with Archie and I felt like he was the right horse for me, and for the record no, I didn’t ride him before we got him cause at that stage that wasn’t all that mattered to me!
A few weeks later Archie arrived and my life changed, saying goodbye to my beautiful first big ‘horse’ Rio and welcoming Archie into my life! May I just say that Archie is the best thing that has ever happened to me!
For those of you who don’t know, or don’t know the whole story, Archie was diagnosed with the condition, Suture Line Exotosis, the vet said that over time the lumps would go down and yes it has gone down. He originally started off with one lump then it reduced into two smaller lumps, which he still has today.
I was told that the swelling is caused by the growth plates growing together and continuing to grow into each other.
I was recently also told that the swelling that we r seeing on the outside is the same amount of swelling that we aren’t seeing on the inside.
These lumps have proven not to put my boy Archie in any pain what so ever in fact he loves it when u give them a good rub! I’m lucky enough that they r higher on his head and his forelock actually cover most of them but they r definitely receding.
To wrap this all up – Archie has been the biggest learning curve for me and I’m so proud of how far he’s come!
I can never thank the people enough that played towards me getting Archie and helping me with Archie so I’m not going to name cause I’m sure I will forget many people!
Thank for listening!