At Fault

Darcy during our midnight vigil. She clearly wonders what all the fuss is about.

This weekend, my horse Darcy colicked. To non-horsepeople, that sounds like no big deal. She had a tummyache. But because horses cannot burp or vomit, colic can actually be a life-threatening condition. Darcy was clearly in a lot of pain. My vet had to come on two emergency farm calls, entubate her twice (which Darcy does not like), and palpate her (the long, scary glove procedure).

When the vet left the last time, she said the next six hours would tell the tale. And if Darcy showed signs of pain, we would have to trailer her to a vet hospital for either IV fluid treatments or surgery. Horses don’t do well with surgery, and many end up having to be put down.

I was a wreck, but thanks to my vet, my new barn owner, and my husband, after a long, cold night in the barn watching her, Darcy came through just fine. And I spent the next few days wondering what I had done to cause her to get sick. Was it food? Not enough water? The change in weather? The change of barn? A flake of new hay? Bad karma?

Horses are large, delicate creatures, and they colic. I now have a better strategy for keeping her healthy (and a very large vet bill). So I’m going to stop worrying about whether or not I was at fault and concentrate on keeping her well.

Coincidentally, At Fault is the title the third book in the Southern Fraud Series. It will feature–you guessed it–an auto insurance fraud case, and if my husband has anything to say about it, a lot of muscle cars. (I prefer the muscly men though. Ahem. Vincent.)

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  1. Hmmmm…Vincent…

    I am so sorry to hear that Darcy was sick, that is scary! I am glad that she is ok. You can beat yourself up over it, but sometimes horses get colic (sometimes kids get sick, I tell myself this all the time), and you can only do the best you can to protect them.

    Love the new title. Cannot wait. Can we get a muscle guy (Vincent) IN a muscle car? Cause that would be all kinds of win!

    1. I think that can be arranged. Bert is going to love coming up with the cars for At Fault. As a fan of the Dukes of Hazard, I guarantee there will be a 1969 Dodge Charger RT. Different paint job though.

  2. I am so glad Darcy is better! I can’t even imagine what you must have been going through.
    I agree with Jessica. Can we get Vincent in a muscle car? Think I might have to go watch Fast & Furious now and see Vin Diesel in a that SS! Love the new title!

    1. Let’s just say that I was freaking out the whole weekend. I held it together while the vet was there, but I was a mess the rest of the time. I thought I was going to lose her.

      I’m so glad I didn’t. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Being a parent (whether of an animal child or a human child) is terribly heart-wrenching sometimes, and we always question whether their troubles are somehow a result of something we did. I’m glad you are able to move past that self-doubt and just be relieved to have Darcy back to health.

    Love the title for book 3 and especially the promise of more Vincent!

    1. Well, I wouldn’t say I’ve moved past it totally, but I’m trying. I don’t know how you parents do it because dealing with a sick horse was pretty darn bad. But your own child…? I can only imagine.

      I hope to have DB to you soon, but I’ve been a bit distracted…. Still trying though.

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