. Maisie was very lethargic all day, just lying in the field or stable, and I went and petted her a few times, until it was time for her injection, which she let me do very easily. But afterwards she seemed to lose her balance and almost fell over, turning around as if she was really uncomfortable. At one point her two front feet were crossed over! I was really in panic. I went and phoned the vet, left a message, no one called. Then I started some research ( I was a journalist after all) and got the number of a specialist horse clinic about 30 miles from here. I called them and they were wonderful and sent one of their vets out to see her. She pumped Maisie's stomach out (nothing abnormal), took a blood test ( I have been asking my vet to do that for days) and really gave her a very careful examination. The poor pony has a high fever again. Anyway, she wants Maisie to go into the clinic for ultrasound and further tests. She looked at the antibiotic the vet had given me and the dosage and said it was probably that which had caused her fit of staggering as he had prescribed a dose for an adult horse! And it is a medicine normally given into a vein, and I had injected it into a muscle (as he had told me to).
So tomorrow a friend is going to help me load Maisie into my van and take her to the clinic. That will not be easy so we will need lots of vibes, but at last I feel I am in the hands of professionals who really understand ponies.