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  1. My cat recently had an upper respiratory infection. My vet gave him a shot. One shot. This is a new treatment and it lasts two weeks. The cat was doing much better by the next day and I did not need to do anything else. It was sooo much easier than trying to get pills down him or ointment into his eyes. I really cannot remember the name of the shot. I can look it up if you need to know.
  2. Tucker Endurance

    I have a Tucker endurance saddle Zakima. I love it. I've had it for about three years. I like the fact that it allows me a centered seat with my heels in good alignment with my hip instead of naturally throwing my legs forward (as I see so many gaited riders doing). I ride in either my Tucker, or my dressage saddle. The horses gait well in either. My pasos are rather wide and my Tucker fits them perfectly. As far as comfort goes for my behind, the Tucker is very comfy. My behind was fine even when we got lost and a 2 hour trail ride turned into 7 hours. (My behind was fine, but the rest of my body and my mind were indescribable. ) I use a saddle pad that I can hose off and put on the next horse, so I'm no help with the "natural" materials.
  3. Slim Shady Update (for Zakima)

    Thank you Zakima!! I gave him a hug for you. [Huggy]
  4. Let's See Your Driving Horse.

    Zakima, I started a thread to update you on Slim Shady. I absolutely LOVE your black and white horse. Is that an MFT? Gorgeous!! and I love that head portrait of Patriot. That's definitely one for a great frame and a special place on the wall. I'm so glad he is getting to work a little again. I just got a new PASO. I am always the place of last resort for all the "untrainable" horses. That is how I got Magic and how I have gotten this new horse (and most of my horses). If I had my druthers, it'd be a black and white like yours. But, I do love them all and they are all fine, upstanding horsie citizens now (cept this new one, but he will be). Unfortunately, I am going to have to rehome Magic to make room and time for this new one. She is sooo much fun. I will miss her a lot when (if ) she goes (My hubby doesn't read this board. I'm pretty sure.)
  5. Here's Slim Shady: Slim Shady has been out of action since "APRIL." He had a run-in with a mule and came out on the bad side. The "mule" was our Mighty Mule gate opener which was not hooked to the gate (due to an electricity problem which we haven't fixed even yet). Anyways, the mule was sticking out from the gate post that day and Slim ran between it and a tree and impaled himself. The vet cleaned and stitched the wound within an hour and we thought all was fine. But NO................. it was not fine. Yucky stuff kept coming out of the hole left open for drainage and just never stopped. Despite months of antiobiotics and three different procedures to track the pus line and clean it out and pack it................... the wound would not heal properly. Here he is between procedures. The pink is swat. So, about ten days ago, we took him to the hospital and they did a complete surgery and discovered the reason the wound would not heal. This 2-1/2" x 1-1/4" piece of aluminum (from the gate) was deeply imbedded into the leg muscle. Here is a picture after surgery. The top of the drain is where the draining hole was and Juan's finger is pointing to the location of the huge hunk of aluminum. It could not be seen, nor felt from the outside of the muscle. The vet had opened the skin all around there three times and found nothing. Now, he is healing and feeling much better. I'll take the stitches out tomorrow and maybe in another week, he will be ready to go back to work. Hooray!!!
  6. Bridling Issues?

    I would say that he is telling you "That thing is uncomfortable and I do not want it on me." Have someone check it for fit. One of my horses began giving me a horrible time bridling after we had used a new bridle a few times. On closer examination, I discovered the browband was just a little too tight. When I changed that out, the bridling problem went away after just one time of use. Have someone check the bridle fit. Either that, or you are not being kind enough in putting it on. Those ears are sensitive, even if the horse is stoic and puts with a lot generally. You could also be banging his teeth when you are trying to put it on. Are you using an overcheck. Is it too tight and so pulling the bit uncomfortably up in his mouth? There could be any one of lots of different reasons for his behavior, but I believe you will find it rooted in discomfort.
  7. Let's See Your Driving Horse.

    Hello all, just checking in. I haven't been on much at all since the board change. I have eight horses at home now, so it sucks up my time. I enjoy seeing the pics of your horses, so here's one of mine. My Shetland mare "Black Magic." I took these pics a couple of days ago. The weather is fabulous for driving/riding right now in Florida, so we have been hitting the trails again.
  8. COLIC! My 2 year old filly!

    You said she cribs. Do you have a cribbing collar on her? In cribbing, they are swallowing air. That can make her colicky for sure. She may crib more when she is nervous for example in a thunderstorm. You said she had lots of gas, then felt better. If you have a trailer, you can take her for a ride and that will many times, solve a gas colic because of the bumps.
  9. COLIC! My 2 year old filly!

    You said she cribs. Do you have a cribbing collar on her? In cribbing, they are swallowing air. That can make her colicky for sure. She may crib more when she is nervous for example in a thunderstorm. You said she had lots of gas, then felt better. If you have a trailer, you can take her for a ride and that will many times, solve a gas colic because of the bumps.
  10. HELP!!! my horse is trying to kill my boarders horse!

    I have this very same problem with Tristan. Like your gelding, he never kicks, just uses his teeth horribly. I would NOT put the mares in with the two geldings because in Tristan's case, he will then go after the mares as well and rake them with his teeth. After he runs the gelding off, he will start punishing the mares to (in my mind anyways) keep them in line and to enforce his ownership. I now keep two mares in with Tris and I keep one mare and three geldings together. The three geldings have no issues between them about the one mare at all. In fact they nicely wait in line for a turn when she is "willing." Occasionally in the last five years, Max (the hated gelding) has got into Tristan's pasture (by way of a gate carelessly being left open) and the scenario is still exactly the same as the first time he was in there. There are times when Tristan will graze in the same pasture with the mares and Max for a couple of hours, then just take into his head (for some horsie reason)to go after poor little Max. He doesn't stop if he gets Max cornered. I've never seen him stop of his own accord. I believe he would kill him if he could. I have an exceptional and unusual relationship with Tristan and all I have to do is step in-between them when I can find a space and say his name very sharply and he will stop immediately and turn away. (DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME!! IT COULD BE FATAL). Maybe four times in the last five years I have had to do this and poor non-aggressive Max has been badly savaged each time through no fault of his own. His back is scarred up as a result. The two herds are in separate dry lot paddocks with stalls available to them at night. There is a shared fence between the two paddocks and there is no problem at all when there the fence (3 board - not electric) is between them. The pastures also adjoin and I have no problem at the fence line (no climb with a board on top, not electric). IMO, this will not stop. Your horse does not like this other gelding and he's not going to get over it. Keep them separated. BTW, I had Tristan and Max tested and they are both, most definately, geldings. In fact Tristan has absolutely no (breeding)interest in his mares even when they are in season. (LOL! I can't explain why all the other geldings have their "fun" with the other mare, so don't ask me.)
  11. HELP!!! my horse is trying to kill my boarders horse!

    I have this very same problem with Tristan. Like your gelding, he never kicks, just uses his teeth horribly. I would NOT put the mares in with the two geldings because in Tristan's case, he will then go after the mares as well and rake them with his teeth. After he runs the gelding off, he will start punishing the mares to (in my mind anyways) keep them in line and to enforce his ownership. I now keep two mares in with Tris and I keep one mare and three geldings together. The three geldings have no issues between them about the one mare at all. In fact they nicely wait in line for a turn when she is "willing." Occasionally in the last five years, Max (the hated gelding) has got into Tristan's pasture (by way of a gate carelessly being left open) and the scenario is still exactly the same as the first time he was in there. There are times when Tristan will graze in the same pasture with the mares and Max for a couple of hours, then just take into his head (for some horsie reason)to go after poor little Max. He doesn't stop if he gets Max cornered. I've never seen him stop of his own accord. I believe he would kill him if he could. I have an exceptional and unusual relationship with Tristan and all I have to do is step in-between them when I can find a space and say his name very sharply and he will stop immediately and turn away. (DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME!! IT COULD BE FATAL). Maybe four times in the last five years I have had to do this and poor non-aggressive Max has been badly savaged each time through no fault of his own. His back is scarred up as a result. The two herds are in separate dry lot paddocks with stalls available to them at night. There is a shared fence between the two paddocks and there is no problem at all when there the fence (3 board - not electric) is between them. The pastures also adjoin and I have no problem at the fence line (no climb with a board on top, not electric). IMO, this will not stop. Your horse does not like this other gelding and he's not going to get over it. Keep them separated. BTW, I had Tristan and Max tested and they are both, most definately, geldings. In fact Tristan has absolutely no (breeding)interest in his mares even when they are in season. (LOL! I can't explain why all the other geldings have their "fun" with the other mare, so don't ask me.)
  12. OLWS. Didn't make it. (Left up for Ed. Purposes)

    That sure is a cute little guy. I am keeping my fingers crossed for him that he is not a lethal white. Here's some pics of my mini. I bottle-fed him because his breeder was going to put him down because............ they thought he was a lethal white baby. He was white when born and was sickly. I took him and nursed him and he's six years old now. Unfortunately I can't find his newborn pics. Here he is a couple of years ago. You can see he is beginning to get some color. Here he is today. This is really the first year we have seen so much color. His mother was brown and white paint and his father was a bay with a blaze face. Grandsire (of papa) was a gray and white overo. I'm not even sure anymore what to call his color,but it is red based. There's kind of a pink tinge to the color. As you can see, he was not an LWS baby, no matter how white he looked at the time.
  13. OLWS. Didn't make it. (Left up for Ed. Purposes)

    That sure is a cute little guy. I am keeping my fingers crossed for him that he is not a lethal white. Here's some pics of my mini. I bottle-fed him because his breeder was going to put him down because............ they thought he was a lethal white baby. He was white when born and was sickly. I took him and nursed him and he's six years old now. Unfortunately I can't find his newborn pics. Here he is a couple of years ago. You can see he is beginning to get some color. Here he is today. This is really the first year we have seen so much color. His mother was brown and white paint and his father was a bay with a blaze face. Grandsire (of papa) was a gray and white overo. I'm not even sure anymore what to call his color,but it is red based. There's kind of a pink tinge to the color. As you can see, he was not an LWS baby, no matter how white he looked at the time.
  14. fleas

    I'm in Florida and you haven't seen fleas til you live in Florida. They come here from all over the country and they like it so much, they stay. Since I brought shelties with me to Florida from New York State and I also have two german shepherds and they all live in the house with me, I have fought the flea battle and I have finally WON!! Use your monthly flea treatment. I use Advantix. It works no better or worse than the others. I also buy Capstar. Make sure you treat any pet that comes in the house including and especially CATS. Go to Home Depot or Lowe's and buy a gallon jug, or two (depending on size of home) of flea spray, (Enforcer Flea spray for homes). It costs between 9 and 10 dollars a gallon. You want something that will also kill eggs, something with a growth inhibitor, which it does have. Then you spray the entire house according to the directions. You will have to stay out of the house til the stuff dries (a couple of hours). Give your pets Capstar also that day. Capstar has no residual effect, but will kill the fleas dead within a half hour that are on the dog. You can give one a day if you want to. Spray again in two weeks, so if anything did escape, you get it. Then, you will have peace for several months, then do it again. [ 06-07-2008, 07:40 PM: Message edited by: Remmie ]
  15. Addisons Disease In Dogs

    I am going through this now with my sheltie. Same symptoms. At first the vet thought he had a slipped disc even though there didn't seem to be any pain. He tested my dog by standing him up and then turning his paws backward. My dog did not turn them the right way. Dogs should put their feet back in the right position immediately/automatically. My vet put him on prednisone and we rested him for a couple of weeks. After weaning him off the prednisone, there was not really any change. Except the prednisone caused him to drink like a fish and so the water was overwhelming his bladder completely so he was leaking everywhere. Well, he wasn't really getting any better. Wobbling while walking and losing his hind end sometimes and leaking urine sometimes. So, we did x-rays last Friday. He has severe arthritis in his back in the lumbar area. I didn't think he was in pain, but apparently he was very uncomfortable, causing him to hunch his back up and not use his hind end properly. I have him on pain pills for now and he is like a new dog. (I've always had him on joint supplements). However, I haven't been able to talk to my vet since we did the x-rays last Friday. He was in an emergency surgery when I picked my dog up, so I just looked at the x-rays with a technician and left and we've been playing phone tag this week. My vet is a friend, so no bill, and I don't like to bug him too much. Hope your doggie friend is ok. I was sooo worried about mine and with a little pain meds, he is better than he's been for a couple of years. I thought he was getting old at 9), but he was mostly just hurting.