lov4horses

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    Horses, Camping, Trail riding
  1. Dominance in Herd

    We purchased a gelding this spring and he has become dominant in the pasture, only when he comes up around the buildings (lean to, stalls, water). If they are out in the big pasture he seems to mind his own business. This has become a problem because he will keep others for the water, and fights to the point he is leaving nicks, and bumps on other horses. I have gone out with a lounge whip and pushed him away, that will work until I'm not standing out there and it will be right back to chasing and fighting. It is not a option to separate him at this point but I don't know what my other options would be. Any suggestions?
  2. Strangles

    Thanks for the all of the information Smile. I was aware of all of the controversy regarding weather or not to treat with Penicillin, many people told me to not to use it and to just let it run its course. I trusted the opinion of my vet and I stressed to him my concerns. His feelings that once the abscess had ruptured it is safe to treat with antibiotic and enable to horses immune system to eliminate the disease (as stated above in your post regarding treatment). My horse has lost a lot of weight but is still eating and drinking and seems to be getting some spunk back (talking to the other horses from his pasture, out picking grass, loped yesterday in the pasture). So this is why I was really taken by surprise when I had a new lump to deal with. He has been getting all of supportive care through out this process (hot packs, flushing abscess, mashed food, bute (as needed for fever) and then last the penicillin). I have no idea why he only had me do only 5 days, maybe because it was such a high dose? I really hate to question his advice he is the only and the best equine vet in my area. I talk to other vets and they all told me do whatever this Vet instructs me to do as he knows equines. I will give him a call this morning and see where we will go from here. This has been such a long process I was hoping that we were toward the end of the tunnel. Thanks again, I really appreciated all of the knowledge on this board!!
  3. Strangles

    I'm three weeks into my 6 year old gelding having strangles. I have been working with my vet. A week ago he started to drain under the jaw (in three spots). I was advised by my vet to start penicillin 30 cc twice a day for five days after he opened. Thursday would of been 5 days and things were starting to look better, the bumps were still slightly soft under the jaw but seemed to be improving. Tonight I went out to check on him and he has developed a good size lump in the throat latch on one side, the other side appears to be very concave (or sucked in). I had felt a smaller lump along the neck line in the beginning but it had seemed to diminish. This has me very concerned and I'm hoping to hear if any experience with a similar situation. Plan to call the Vet first thing in the morning.
  4. I just purchased a horse who has high withers. I have no experience with fitting a saddle to a high withered horse. We will be using him for western pleasure and trail riding. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
  5. Lame Horse

    Wanted to give you an update. We had him X-rayed yesterday and he has a torn lateral ligament. Vet said to give him another 30 days off and recheck him agian. Thanks for all the posts and trying to help.
  6. Lame Horse

    Sorry.. I haven't been ablet to post pictures. We are heading to get X-rays next week. So I will keep you all posted.... Thanks for reading my post and offering to help
  7. Lame Horse

    He is not shod. He is just out on pasture. I will try to get some photos of him over the weekend and get them posted. Thanks.
  8. Lame Horse

    I have a 5 year old gelding who were were riding this Spring. He came up lame about a month ago. I have had two different farriers out and they found nothing in the hoof. No thrush, no abcess, no founder, brusing. The second farrier sugessed buting and riding him. Thinking it was a sore or pulled muscle that needs to be loosed up, with light exercise. So after a good week, not seening much change. He of course is less stiff/sore when given bute (only giving 1mg tablet dailiy). He seems to be sore on both fronts (left much worse that right). Wanting to hold heels up at times. Will rest both back legs alot, and seems to lay down in the pasture more often then the other horses. He seems to be slighly aggitated at times when we ride him. Has offered to crow hop a few times. Not sure if this is due to colder temps and feeling frisky, or if it is pain realated becasue the next time he will ride off with no problems. I have not yet scheduled with a Vet. Closest Equine Vet is 2+ hours away. Not sure how much longer I should let this go with our getting a Vet involved. Does anyone have any idea's.........Lymes? Navicluar?
  9. Will Not Flex! Help!

    Wanted to give you all an update on my guy. Last night I had a Chiro out and had adjustment, massage, and acupressure done on him. They told me he was out in the hip, atles (the reason for not being able to flex), and stifle. Basically a mess. I will be doing massages of the atles, and carrot streaching everyday for a week and then have him adjusted agian in 2 weeks. Was not really sure how much I believed in this type of treatmemt. But toward the middle of the maggage, and acupressure he was licking and chewing, like the pain was being relieved. Hoping to see some improvement over the next few weeks. Thanks for all the great replys I really appreaciate all the suggestions.
  10. Will Not Flex! Help!

    I guess I haven't really seen him scratch/ or turn to get a fly.... I will have to try and pay more attention.
  11. Will Not Flex! Help!

    He is scheduled to see a Chiropractor when they retrun to our area. Hoping it will be soon. I could try the treat thing.. Although he is not a big one for taking treats. But it would be worth a try.
  12. Will Not Flex! Help!

    I have a new horse we are working to soften. It almsost seems like he can't physically trun his head. All my horses know the One rein stop, and I have never had a problem teaching it. But this guy will trun his head (only so far) and stick his nose out in the air. I can hold and hold and he will only bring his head only so far. He will trun, and truns, and will finally stop but never give his face. I have worked on the ground on and in the saddle with no luck. Any suggestions??
  13. Horse That Can't Flex... Help!

    I have a new horse we are working to soften. It almsost seems like he can't physically trun his head. All my horses know the One rein stop, and I have never had a problem teaching it. But this guy will trun his head (only so far) and stick his nose out in the air. I can hold and hold and he will only bring his head only so far. He will trun, and truns, and will finally stop but never give his face. I have worked on the ground on and in the saddle with no luck. Any suggestions??
  14. Horse Tilts/cocks His Head To The Side

    Went out and observed him yesterday. It really appears that he has sight out of both eyes. The eyes look clear and healthy. He does seem to be touchy around this ears (one side more than the other). But I was able to feel and look in the ear and I couldn't see or feel any bumps or sores. I think I might start with a chiro and see if that does the trick. Thanks for all responses!
  15. Just bought a 12 year old quarter pony, and I notice he tilts his head to the side alot. Not only under saddle but when you approch him in the pasture, when grooming at the hitiching post, when tied to the trailer, when riding. It's not all the time, but enough that you notice it. Wondering if anyone might have an idea what could be causing this. I just got him so have not had any dental or vet look at him. Where should I start? He doesn't seem to be in any pain that I can tell.