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  1. I have an 18 year old TB gelding, He's in great shape, not fat not skinny. He gets turned out about 4 hours a day (he won't stay out for any longer than that...) and riden 2-3 times a week. On Sat I went up to the barn and his rear left leg was swollen from his coronet band all the way up above his hock. A small amount of heat, he was not lame on it at all. After 2 shots of banamine and more turnout the swelling is almost gone. This is the first and only time he's had any swelling in his legs. Last year we had one issue when his sheath swelled up really big. Gave him a shot of banamine, turned him out and it was back to normal in 48 hours. I'm a little worried he is going to start retaining fluid. I'm trying to pick someone's brain to see what we can do if he DOES start retaining fluid. Turning him out all day is not an option for him. Its like he's got a timer, at 3 hours and 45 min he heads right to the gate and will paw and push on the gate until you let him back in. He's never stocked up, his joints are great (even had th3e vet x-ray them when we bought him and she was amazed at how clean his joints were). He gets 10-12 pounds of orchard grass/timothy hay and 4 pounds of ADM Prime Glo per day.
  2. Apha Look Up Please!

    Hot Fudge Chip - Stallion, Tobiano, registration number 00772691 Zips Sugar Chip - Mare, Gray, Q3451467 (may be a QH, not real sure...) I'd like to get a pedigree on both stallion and mare. We have a new colt at the barn that is out of this cross. Also, anyone know anything about the stallion Hot Fudge Chip? All I can find is the QH stallion by the same name, and he was a pleasure horse. This colt is suppose to be a barrel/speed horse bred...
  3. I Had To Wait Till He Was Actually Here.

    My goodness! Daniel looks like a pony beside him LOL I'm glad they are getting along :) Kudos to you and good luck with him
  4. Small Black Spots On Mares Skin!

    My daughters gelding gets these, mostly after he's been ridden. Its just dirt on their skin coming to the surface. It almost has an oily feel. We spray him off if he gets sweaty and it comes right off. No skin issues with this boy. He is fed senior feed (He's 17), flax, rice bran, loose minerals and salt.
  5. Sweet Itch/mtg -pics New Symptoms

    Hooray for this thread!!! Its what I read years ago and how we cured the mare at our barn :) And that flaky skin is normal when the NTWs start to die off. It looks like the skin is sloughing off, but new pretty skin is underneath.
  6. I Think My Horse Has Ulcers...

    I've heard a lot of good things about smartgut, and its affordable. Also, with Aloe Vera Juice, I've used that before. A half of a cup over her food morning and evening. You should be able to pick that up at any health food store.
  7. Equipride

    Just showing off my boy :)
  8. Equipride

    My mustang gelding gets a feed scoop full of beat pulp, soaked, a cup of rice bran and a scoop of equipride once a day. They feed twice a day, so the other feeding he gets another scoop of equipride and a half cup of rice bran. He looks amazing :) Shiny coat, great energy (but not hot) good hard feet, too.
  9. Equipride

    I put my two horses on Equipride about 2 months ago. Right about the time my mustang gelding choked (unrelated to that, he pigged out on dry beet pulp, which he is not suppose to get). It claims that you can just give them equipride in the stall and they will hold their weight fine. My mustang, who is an extremely easy keeper, lost weight when given equipride and 10-12 pounds of hay a day. I had to add in rice bran as a fat supplement and he finally put his weight back on. His coat is shiny, a LOT shinier than last year, and he really feels good, as does my daughters older TB gelding. He actually shed out in dapples this year, and looks like he's about 10, and he's in his late teens. I'll keep them on it, but as an addition to what they are getting, not as a replacement.
  10. Sending A Barefoot Horse To The Trainers

    Oh yes, she's def a keeper! She is absolutely amazing. That's why my horse is going to her again to be finished out AND why my friend is sending her colt to her to be started. :) She did the impossible last year. She taught my big, reactive, scared mustang to relax and think. Two other trainers said he would ALWAYS be reactive and would probably never grow out of it. He's just green broke, so we have our moments. But I spend more time asking him to SPEED UP, than relax and work :) Never thought I'd have to encourage him to move faster LOL
  11. Hobbles - Need Info

    Not too sure I would put hobbles on them just yet. Doesn't sound like you know if they would even accept something around their fetlocks. Hobbles aren't meant to restrain a horse from kicking, they can still kick with them on. Best to teach them to allow their feet to be picked up first. I really like Clinton Anderson's groundwork, you might look into that. Flip that rope all over them, especially the feet. Once they accept that, then I'd put a cotton rope around their fetlock and ask them to pick their feet up that way, keeping yourself out of harms way. Only after they accepted this, would I even consider reaching down and picking up their feet.
  12. Sending A Barefoot Horse To The Trainers

    I trim him myself and go up every weekend. She welcomes the owners, and makes sure they are part of the horse's training. I was up there every weekend but a few last year and will be doing the same thing this year. Every other week is the longest I will go without making the trip. Helps that my friend is sending her colt to the same place, we can share the drive :)
  13. Chronic Hoof Crack

    GULP!!! Look how pulled forward his toes are!!! No wonder that crack isn't going away. All kinds of pressure on the front of that foot, and it keeps putting pressure on that crack causing it to crack again and again. Heels WAY under his feet, bulbs starting to sag cause he's trying to find support for the back of his foot. Its just NOT there. Sorry, but if your barefoot trimmer has been trimming this foot for a while, its time to loose faith in him and find someone that REALLY knows what they are doing...
  14. Sending A Barefoot Horse To The Trainers

    Well, I spoke with the trainer and without asking her to do it, she volunteered to boot him. She's not a big "lets shoe him" type, and she plans to do a lot of arena work with him, so doesn't think there is a reason to shoe him unless he REALLY needs it. So, for now, we're going barefoot with his renegades for trail riding. If, down the road, she decides the boots just don't work, then we'll put shoes on him, but only if the farrier agrees to leave the sole alone. Otherwise, I'm looking at glue on, or something along those lines. I really don't want to ruin his feet, they are a thing of beauty :) Greywolf - your horse was transition to rocks, mine isn't. Our pasture is soft (for the most part), then he's in his stall. Sometimes he's out in the big arena, and that's hard, but its not all the time that he's out there. If it was pea gravel out there, or even dirty sand, I'd have him out there every day. Its red clay, tho, and when it gets slightly wet, its nasty muddy, gets slick and deep fast, and then it kinda defeats the purpose. We do trail ride, but I don't get near as much ride time as I would like. If I could take him out 3 times a week, then I wouldn't worry about it. We do have gravel and road to work on, her trails, tho, have big ole rocks that he has to climb. He's game to do it, but he came up pretty sore last year and I don't want to go through that again... Thanks for the advice, I really appreciate it I hope the boots work for him, tho, and then I won't have to stress about tacking shoes on him.
  15. So, I am sending my mustang off to the trainer again to be finished out. He's barefoot and I'd REALLY like to keep him that way. He has amazing feet, frogs are really starting to grow in nicely. However, he's stall and pasture kept, so doesn't have a lot of opportunity to develop sole made to go over rocks and gravel soundly. The last time I sent him to the trainer they started trail riding him and he bruised really bad, had a bruised bar for about 3 months, it took quite a while to clear it up and it was borderline abcess. I'm seriously lucky it DIDN'T abcess.... I don't want that to happen again and have been thinking of having him shod before he goes. I do have boots for him, but if they don't put them on right, they are gonna twist or come off and will cause even more problems. What do you think? Shoe, then rehab when he comes home? Also, since shoes only protect the outside of his foot, would I be better to put a shoe and pad on him? Or just a shoe? I have a farrier friend that will come tack a shoe on him to my specifications, I won't allow anyone to trim his sole, even setting him up for a shoe. I just hate to put a shoe on him... The thought of tacking a shoe on that pretty, healthy hoof just makes me wanna cry...