Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Scars are Tattoos with Better Stories

Since showing the videos this week of Tika, I've heard it a lot. "What's that bump she's got?"

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Well...it's a wattle. Or is that waddle? I'm not sure, except it flaps around down there and is a bit odd. It's like what you'd see on a turkey, except not the snood part, but the wattle part. I think I spelled it with a double D before, but now that I think about it, a T seems to fit.

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Tika's wattle was visible while in the corrals, but why she had it couldn't be determined until she was here at home. A scar on her elbow, and a line stretching upwards until it reaches that little flap of skin, help tell the tale of Tika's sometimes difficult past. Something had sliced her elbow open at some point, and the wattle was formed as the skin healed.

Not only has Tika got the scar on her elbow, but on the back side of her gaskins, on both the left and right sides, are two more nasty scars, indicating that our lovely girl at some point likely tangled with barbed wire.

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Life in the wild was not all glamor for our pretty girl, but thankfully she was able to break free (or perhaps some kind soul spotted her and cut her free?) from the wire and heal up. I've considered having the wattle removed. I don't think she feels anything in it, but I'm worried about it becoming caught on something, and that of course has the potential to cause pain. For now it continues to stick out like a sore thumb, though, attracting attention and starting conversations.

Latest video...and again, music by Teresa Farris:


6 comments:

Pony Girl said...

Actually, I thought it looked like a bump in the other video, but seeing that new pic, it DOES look like a wattle! Fascinating. Poor girl, although she wears her battle scars well! She's so pretty. Wishing you the happiest of holidays!!

Danielle Barlow said...

Merry Christmas to you, and wishing you a good year to come with your horses :)

Mrs Mom said...

Merry Christmas Tracey, Darling, City Boy, Geek Boy, and all the critters there!!

Kate said...

It looks like it would be fairly easy to have removed. May you and your family and beasts all have a merry Christmas!

Rising Rainbow said...

Merry Christmas to you and yours, Tracey!

phaedra96 said...

She is soooo pretty. What is a few scars as long as they do not cause her problems. I do think the wattle thing needs to go. I would hate her to rip it off and do some serious damage.