In the morning, I was awoken by a strange scratching/tapping noise at my bedside window. I was honestly horrified and expected to see some insane person’s face staring through the glass, but what I saw when I slowly moved the curtain aside was not at all what I expected. I felt like I was in Jurassic Park rather than Belize!
Later in the day we got to hangout with some of the sweetest horses I have ever met.
What I said after today’s field day:
Prior to today’s field class, my horse experience was limited to a volunteer job where my contact with the horses was limited to brushing them, dressing them in riding equipment, and leading them. Despite my lack of veterinary experience with horses, I think that my experiences with being close to horses helped me to feel more comfortable. I was actually way less nervous than I expected to be, but I did have some trouble with checking the capillary reflex because I was nervous about putting my hands in her mouth. In my past experience with horses, I had always tried to stay away from their mouths just because I didn’t really know what to expect from them and didn’t want to upset them. After about 3 minutes of me fearfully pulling at poor Hot Coin’s mouth, I was able to open her mouth and check her capillary refill time, which showed she was hydrated which is great! I was also fearful to take her temperature but ended up being fine…I don’t know why I imagined that the horse would kick me or something! After the physical exams we were able to view a castration of a male horse. While watching this, I realized that I don’t think I could pursue a career in large animal/equine medicine. I just do not think I could handle doing surgery on animals that large, unless it was an emergency and they really needed help.