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  1. Tie-back Surgery

    Rhonda thanks for messaging me and resurrecting this topic. I really do hope that my experience will be of help to those who are considering having the surgery. Im interested to hear, was it your friend? Sister? that was considering having the surgery done? Do you have an update? For anyone else following this post, its been 3 years, WOW, didn't realize it was that long ago. Jack recovered beautifully from his surgery, I had him scoped after his recovery, all healed nicely. As I mentioned in my post he was bottom of the pecking order, always steared clear of the other horses as he knew he couldn't breath well enough to run away. Once Jack was turned back out with the group and realized he could breath, OH MY...he decided it would be great fun to run up to his friends, bite them in the butt and run away it was so wonderful to see him feeling so good. Jack is still bottom of the pecking order but plays and runs with the other horses and refuses to be pushed out of food. I will say his riding behavior has changed, which the vet warned me was possible. The super quiet trail horse that I had is not quite that anymore. He definitely has more spunk and now he has the energy to be naughty. But we love him dearly and he will always be with us. I do recommend this surgery, I know I was sooo nervous to have it done but now that its over, I wouldn't change a thing. It was the best decision I could have made for Jack. He can now live the life a horse deserves.
  2. Rimadyl Or Deramaxx-7/19- Update

    3 months ago I put my 13 year old lab/collie on moloxicam 7.5. I cannot believe the difference in my dog - overnight!! He couldnt hardly get up on his own from a laying down position and now he is running like a puppy chasing his cats and even climbing stairs. I have no idea what the side effects are to this drug and refuse to research them as at this age, I want him to have quality of life. Cost is $22.50 per month. I love seeing my dog jumping around like a fool again!!! Best wishes to you!
  3. Tripping After A Trim..

    You could try a simple test of her soles. Put hoof boots on her, or if you dont have hoof boots, just make some temporary boots out of eva foam(I think thats what its called, you can buy garden kneeling pads), vet wrap and gorilla tape. Dont let the gorilla tape touch any part of the hoof or leg, wrap in vet wrap first. Anyways, the point is, if you put on some type of protection and ride her and she doesnt trip, it could mean that her soles are tender. Which of course "could be" due to the farrier cutting out some sole. Years ago I had my horse shod, he started tripping and over 3 or 4 months it got worse to the point that it was dangerous. come to find out the farrier was hacking out so much sole in each trim and I wasnt noticing! One of my horses dropped a shoe size from this practice! Needless to say, I pulled the shoes, put hoof boots on my horse, the tripping stopped and I never had the farrier back. Best wishes to you!
  4. Rabbits With Chickens?

    Oh my! Thank you for the info!! Back when I had my first apartment as a teenager I had a pet rabbit and cat in the house. The rabbit was constantly trying to mate with the cat, I thought that was odd. I cant even imagine seeing a rabbit and a chicken!
  5. Yes, I know, this is way off topic of horse but Im not a member of any rabbit or chicken boards, LOL!! So Im hoping some horse people out here might also know something about rabbits and chickens. I was just caring for my neighbors critters. They have a rabbit in a very small cage in the barn, but they have a large chicken room and also a little run in and out. I was thinking, could the rabbit go live out with the chickens? They currently have gotten rid of all thier older chickens and are getting baby chicks soon. Could the rabbit go live with the baby chicks? Its not a very big rabbit, but is full grown I think. I just feel so sorry for this little rabbit locked in a tiny cage in the corner of the barn with little sun light. I believe its the same old story, kid wants it, loses interest and its left with no attention and it so loves attention. And if it could live with them, would chicken feed hurt the rabbit? Right now he eats horse grain. My only other option would be to build it a big rabbit hut and give it to them and tell them someone gave it to me and I thought they could use it.
  6. Bar Splat In Front Of Frog

    I happened to be at a friends barn yesterday, was picking her horses hoof. I do not trim this horse, she has a regular farrier, been in business for probably over 30 years. Horse is shod most of the year with pads and a few months of bare. Also, farrier is on a regular basis. The farrier is due now at about 8 weeks. The bar of the foot runs along the entire frog and then at the front of the frog attached to the bar a big splat going almost to the toe. The splat is about the size of a silver dollar. The only way to explain it is to lay a silver dollar at the tip of the frog on the sole. Its attached to the sole and above the sole by maybe 1/4 inch. I have never seen this before. Now I have heard that a horse will develop a sole ridge at the apex and to leave it as long as its not overly long. But I have never seen anything splat out like this. Currently, as with a grown over bar, it can be slightly lifted with a hoof pick around the side edges. So this is for my own curiosity. I dont think I will be trimming this horse but I am curious as I have never seen anything like it. I have seen grown over bars but not grown forward at the toe bars! Would this be somthing to work on removing over time as in a grown over bar? OR leave for protection? What would cause this sort of growth? Is it lack of trimming the bars and the pads not allowing them to wear? Sorry I dont have pics. It is on both front feet. Horse does not show any kind of tenderness or lameness.
  7. Not long ago I read a post, Im pretty sure here, that someone mentioned athletes foot spray for thrush. Im a huge fan of athletes foot spray for scratches, I dont use anything else, and luckily dont have to deal with it often. I know the ramey goo is part foot cream and part neosprine, so I would assume a full dose of spray wouldnt be dangerous to a hoof or central sulcus. And I was thinking, how easy would that be to treat thrush, Just clean the frog and spray on. I personaly have used thrush buster and feel that it does a good job. Has anyone used athletes foot spray for thrush? Any success? Opinions? Just curious about this treatment.
  8. Abby And Fungus

    For daily treatment I have never used iodine, I have used koppertox and then packed with a small piece of gauze. It worked pretty good but if you really want to get it done quick and effectively, a white lightening soak is the way to go. Usually one soak will do it.
  9. Getting A Scope Done On My Gelding

    Best wishes to you in a good outcome. I had my horse scoped a couple times last year, wasnt bad at all. The vet asked me if i wanted to look, of course I didnt! But she insisted. Pretty darn interesting to see the inside of my horses throat. For the second scope I took my horse to an equine hospital they had a scope that showed up on a tv screen, that was very interesting.
  10. Abscesses!

    Oh yes, we are getting rained on too. I was so hoping for snow, just let it freeze and get it over with, but no, just more mud! Since you have been using the same farrier, then its probably not farrier error/imbalance. My only other thought would be if you could put down some sawdust in thier shelter to let thier feet dry a bit. But of course, then that turns into the bathroom, I know my horses will come out of the pasture to go where there is sawdust, like a cat litter box! I wish you the best of luck and will think of you when the snow finally comes and the ground freezes!!!
  11. Abscesses!

    I know everyone always says this but can you take a few pics? Many times in my experience, imbalances can lead to recurring abscesses. Im in NY just along the PA boarder so I really can understand mud and the ground not freezing, what a weird year we are having. But it sounds like you may be up against something more than mud. Did you change farriers from when you had your horses shod to when you went to barefoot? Hmmm, laminitis on both hinds. Im not sure what the chances are of laminitis in the hinds but I "think" its pretty slim. Someone please correct me if Im wrong, havent researched that in quite some time and my brain gets cob webs!
  12. Baby Has Injured Herself Again!

    Greenhaven, I can sympathize!! I have one of those horses, within 1 year, he got an infection in his leg due to a cut just above the hock, required going to an equine clinic. Then he had to have tie back surgery. And then he ended up with a tooth infection which included 2 trips to an equine clinic 8 weeks of treatment! But for the tie back surgery he was on stall rest for 7 weeks, my nice sweet quiet boy turned into a maniac! I was allowed to take him for hand walks after a few weeks, how bad could that be right??!! Oh my! Took 2 people to hand walk one horse around the yard, or should I say it took 1 horse to drag 2 people around the yard, LOL! It was quite a challenge. I guess the only thing I can say is when all is said and done, the stall rest will be well worth it, the time will pass and your horse will be free again soon. Hang in there!
  13. Another Thrush Question

    Thrush Buster, yes, its harsh but it works great.
  14. Storey, 20 years old and sound like that. I love it!! Great to hear that maybe there is a chance for others. Glad you shared.
  15. Its been quite a few years since I have done research on this type of issue so I cant really recite much but I can say, this type of issue is what caused me to go to shoeing school. I had purchased a horse who had dropped pasterns on his fronts only. I felt so sorry for him I had to bring him home. He did not have DSLD. He had superficial flexor tendon damage. I cant be sure if the damage came from the dropped pasterns for if the dropped pasterns caused the tendon damage, the chicken or the egg?? But, I found that riding the horse, although he didnt seem lame, did cause him swelling a day later. So I quit riding him after 2 rides and went on to try to make him comfortable and pasture sound as his condition worsened with turn out time. I had 7 farriers try a variety of shoes to make him sound, none could...thus, shoeing school for me. I kept his heels as long as possible and shortened his toes as short as possible, i kept him barefoot. After 5 months, he became pasture sound and ran across the pasture which dropped me to my knees in tears. He did go on to live a few more years as a pasture pet only. I gave him away, the only thing I know is he did live to his mid teens if not longer. Although I do currently have a friend now who has a horse with dropped pasterns and he is being shod by a very reputable farrier. He is ridden 3 or 4 times a week but light riding and no longer than an hour. Its my understanding the farrier said it wont be long before the horse can no longer be ridden. The farrier also believes his issues were caused by bad shoeing at a young age. I dont know if this story has helped at all. I do know that I have read that this can be inherited and there area people out there still breeding horses with dropped pasterns. I think the sad part of this condition is, I dont believe there are many horses out there that have a good outcome. Oh, if the owners do continue to ride him, I would say support boots would be a huge help. I will keep them in my prayers as I dont think there is a bright future for this horse.