Runaway the Mini-Horse | Dr. Oakley, Yukon Vet

published on July 2, 2020

[country music]

DR OAKLEY: We're back
to see your baby, right?

YVETTE: Yes, Runaway

Uh, he's one of our studs
and on one of his sides,

he sort of has this
little bubble–

DR OAKLEY: Oh

–that he's had since day one

[neighing]

When we got him, brought
him to the ranch here,

we noticed that he had a
lump on his side that–

well, once a year, it sort
of just drain on his own

But we didn't know what it was

He's not scratching it and he's
not rubbing against it, so

But it's there
DR OAKLEY: Huh

Yeah
DR OAKLEY: OK

We'll get our stuff ready, then
– OK

Sounds good

NARRATOR: While Sierra heads
to another appointment,

Michelle and Maya approach
Runaway's barn with caution

[horse grunts]

[dramatic music]

HANK: We call him
Runaway because he, uh,

escaped out of the pen
when we first brought

them here from Alberta
and, um, (LAUGHING) yeah,

he's a handful

Easy, boy

NARRATOR: The
mini-horse isn't used

to being handled or restrained

DR OAKLEY: Just– just
stay out, actually, Maya,

'cause I don't want
to get run over

Oh, yeah

He's got quite a–

oh!

What the, what the!

Yeah, that's like a little
hole going in there

[dramatic music]

As I'm looking at
Runaway's side,

I see what looks like a
little bit of, like, a–

a flap

It almost looks like
a cropped dog's tail,

just kind of hanging there

Yeah, lift, Maya, 'cause–

you see that?

And as I moved that around, I
can see that there is actually

an opening into his
side, and that tells me

that there could be a puncture

There may have been something
that– that went in there

and sort of created that flap
and because there's still

something in there, it's
never been able to totally

close over and heal properly

You'd think that
after four years

the body would push
it out, though

DR OAKLEY: Mm, not always

It just kind of walls it off

But that's not always
the case, for sure

Yeah

It seeps and it kind
of– just trying

to feel if I feel anything

HANK: I can't believe how
good he's being right now

[laughs]
DR OAKLEY: I know

He's kind of not sure
what the heck to do

Like, there's not
a lot of body wall

there between the
outside and the abdomen,

and horses do not tolerate
anything in their abdomen,

like peritonitis

Horse gets anything in their
belly and they're dead

Yeah

DR OAKLEY: So I don't
think it goes all

the way into his
belly, but I think it's

just underneath there enough

So what do we do?
Sedate him–

DR OAKLEY: I would say–
– –open him up

Yeah, not today

But I think we could
definitely come back

We can knock him down, you
know, look with the ultrasound

Then we could, hopefully,
flush that out

And if there's
something in there,

then it would heal right up
– [inaudible] take it out

DR OAKLEY: It
will heal right up

His little mane is
just so gorgeous

HANK: I can't believe
he's being this good

[horse grunts]

DR OAKLEY: Hank keeps saying
how good Runaway is doing

No, you don't like that

But I can feel Runaway
is just so tense

Every muscle is just,
like, ready to explode

Yeah

Well, I'm going to
get out while I can

You want to come for a walk?

Come on, buddy

[clicks tongue] Wow!

[screams]

HANK: Oh, that's
a good [inaudible]

DR OAKLEY: Oh-oh

Uh, I think Runaway just
lived up to his name

[laughs] All right

Well, I'm glad he
behaved himself

You want a rope?
[laughs]

Sort of

It's broken

Where'd he snap it?

All right

Right there

DR OAKLEY: Thanks, Hank

NARRATOR: Runaway can live with
his condition for another day

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