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  • Birthday 12/24/1967

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  1. Mud Fever And Eosin?

    Okay... thanks! I did treat it with antiseptics too... the drying effect was really helpful though. I have seen some mentions of people using sulphur, that makes sense topically, but I have also seen some mention of feeding it to the horses as well...?? Have you ever done that or know anything about it's effectiveness?
  2. Mud Fever And Eosin?

    Sorry if this has already been discussed a lot, as a common problem in winter- I used the search function and didn't find reference to the particular treatment I want to ask about! This winter is the first my horse has spent outdoors 24/7. It is the first time I have had to deal with a big inflamed patch of mud fever on her pastern and coronet. I washed and dried it as best as I could, used antiseptic, took off as much of the scabs as I could, and as a last thought, splashed Eosin all over it. I can't even find much reference to this substance in english except in use as a dye. In Europe it is commonly marketed and used as an antiseptic- anti-fungal, used for drying out wounds. It is prescribed for putting on the belly button of newborns, for example, to help it dry and fall off; it is put on kids scratches and scrapes... that is why I happened to have some in my medicine cabinet. I was having trouble meeting up with the owner of the pasture, to discuss moving her into a dry stall for healing, so she was stuck out in deep mud for the days following that one treatment, so I was very worried three days later when I went to see her... But the inflammation had gone down, the open part had shrunk to about half the size it had been, and it was very dry. The contrast was so striking, I suspect the owner of the pasture is going to think I exaggerated the state she was in! So it seems eosin is a good treatment, but I am curious as to why there is no mention of it when I Google it? Has anyone else heard of it or used it? Could there be a reason it isn't used normally? (like that there is some side effect that is dangerous..) I'd appreciate any feedback I can get... thanks in advance!
  3. Fly Spray

    Last year I bought a spray with those chemicals in it when on a trip to the US (they are not available in Europe, considered too dangerous). The spray worked good against flies.... but the warnings on the label really make it clear you should use as little as possible and not get it on your hands and all that. I do not understand why someone would actually install sprayers in their barn with it! I only used it at the height of the season, when we just really needed it, and only a light quick spray. I usually use lavander oil, but in the middle of summer afternoons, even that becomes obsolete. I don't know if I will buy it again, but I just feel that the dangers of such products was not really hidden.
  4. Thanks Cactus Rose- I appreciate it. On this subject, I figured the horsepeople here probably have already discussed the subject of slaughter a million times and have some well developed opinions and knowledge that I could learn from. I have never seen a horse be shot before, and I was impressed by how quick it was- I am sure there was not time for the brain to register any pain at all.
  5. If we want to get into deeper psychological processes- there could be a LOT in play here! In America, there is the very heated controversy about firearms, added to the slaughterhouse issue. The personal right to have and use them and even kill with them. As well as the very masculine-valuing culture, in which feminine type emotional vulnerability, empathy, and desire to nurture or heal is de-valued as being weak, and strength valued as lying in ones ability to detache from those sentiments and "do what has to be done." Makes some people want to prove they can do that-publicly, confirmed by others. The more people get into a uproar of anger, the more they become the sentimental woosies, and him the strong guy, by comparision. When we get upset, it is probably exactly what he intended and enjoys. We're the "emotional herd" then. I had a thought too, that without the slaughterhouses, owners are forced to do this themselves more often. That would make me a bit resentful. Honestly I'd rather that be done out of my sight, by a professional with strictly regulated humane methods. In my resentment at having to do this and see it myself, I might get a bitter urge to make those who forced me to do it myself have to watch it also. If I have to, then they might as well to, since it was their fault . I don't know if that makes sense, and perhaps has nothing to do with this man.... or if it could on those deeper levels of consciousness we were talking about...
  6. I had no idea this was old! It is being debated and gnashed about all over the web. Well, I appreciated that it got people thinking about the subject of horseslaughter- evens ones that don't usually bother. It became an opportunity to inform them of the situation since the plants closed down. A lot of people just don't know. I am obviously pro-slaughter, though I have some criticism about american plants selling the meat to other countries to be consumed. My criticism is that these horses were not raised for consumption with regulatory controls, so they could be subject of all kinds of medicine treatments, like Bute, or hormones, antibiotics... they could have diseases or illness which makes their flesh not fit for consumption. The case of hormones or antibiotics may not alarm Americans, as they are used to those being their meat already, but in some other countries (particularly in Europe, and places where horse is eaten) such treatments are illegal to give to animals raised for human consumption. What happens it that the horsemeat from coutnries which do not have any regulations or controls on horsemeat end up selling their meat really cheap- cheaper than the carefully bred and raised ones in those countries.... and the consumers unwittingly end up eating junk meat. Of course, the consumers have the right and perhaps the responsibility, to inform themselves and buy accordingly- to choose the mroe expensive better quality. But most people simply aren't aware of this and focus on the question of whether or not to eat horsemeat- without considering whether or not it is packed with chemicals that aren't good for your health. I think it is valuable to spread info!
  7. THis is being discussed all over the web, and I was surprised that it wasn't brought up here. The actual video in entirety is hard to find now, it has been taken down by Youtube. I saw it this morning though. It shows a man (an employee of a New Mexico slaughterhouse) with a young horse, who says "For you animal activists, buck you!" (well, it wasn't a B actually...), then shoots the horse between the eyes. It drops immediately, dead, and he walks away. I don't know if the horse had any health issues, or reason he might have been put down anyway (and the guy just took the opportunity to make a point at the same time). The horse looks young, and shows no sign of suffering or problem. The method is shocking.... but I must admit that it has at least spurred people to focus on the issue and learn more about it and what the problem IS. On the other hand, they are also in a state of emotional turmoil, which makes it harder for them to be reasonable or logical. What do you think about this action?
  8. What Do You Think

    I always thought mybest friends were guys, but sooner or later, they mostly turned out to be guys interested in more and biding their time, waiting for me to realize that (or for a moment of vulnerability on my part). I just found men are less complicated than women, friendship seemed simpler. I had to learn how to respect certain boundries with my male friends, and to be very careful not to let flirtatious behaviors come out of me without me being aware of it. It actually dawned on me that I had some flirtatious ways when I observed a girlfriend of mine who was always having guys she wasn't interested in misinterpret her intentions, and she didn't know why. Ways of looking at them, ways of smiling, fluttering her eyelashes, asking for help.....she didn't even know she was doing it. Made me much more rigorous with myself and now I do have male friends, but less of the secret admirer kind, less misinterpretations.
  9. How Do You Educate People?

    This really touched me! I am personally so thankful to the people who chose to give me advice and aid in the beginning...... they are so rare. It does make me want to do the same for someone else someday.....
  10. How Do You Educate People?

    Sounds like you found a good way to do it!
  11. The Santa Claus Thing. . .

    We did the whole Santa thing with our kids, but looking back, I don't think they ever really believed seriously. Some part of them knew it was a game and they liked playing along and "fooling" themselves for a while. I mean, really, when dad suddenly disappears on Christmas Eve, and in comes Santa who has the same eyes and smell as dad... it doesn't take a genius to figure that out. They never seemed traumatized figuring out the truth, I don't even know when that happened.
  12. How Do You...

    Sometimes I find it helps to gain an understanding of why they are the way they are? Make an effort to exchange, to talk, to learn their story...... We still might not like the way they are too much, but it can get easier to just accept that they are.
  13. Should Inexperienced Riders Wear Spurs?

    Makes sense. The instructor I started with was of the opinion that since the horse was used to them, and I would have to learn to use them correctly eventually, I should start with them from the beginning, to keep me from "developing bad habits". Since then I have tried to make sense of this with my mind, and could only come up with bad habits as being kicking the horse, or like with using a very mild or unprecise bit, one can get used to "pulling" more when they are learning- which makes them use too heavy a hand when they are introduced to a leverage bit! So his thinking may have been start off obligated to use a lighter hand, or a lighter heel, and you'll not have to learn to lighten up later? I dunno.....I hate to see a newbie jerking on a horses face, or digging spurs into a horse though. I'm just trying to see varied circumstances.
  14. Should Inexperienced Riders Wear Spurs?

    Theoretically, I totally agree with the opinions that a beginner shouldn't. On the other hand, my experience adds a different slant- While I was learning, I wore spurs, and I was so worried about accidently touching the horse with them, it really made me very conscious of what I was doing with my legs, learned to keep my feet facing forwards (not toes out), my heels down, and using other parts of my legs- not my feet, in giving cues. I formed habits that were useful. I didn't touch the horse with them many times (I think I could count it on on hand, as the horses reaction would scare the heck out of me and make me very very careful) Perhaps it depends on the beginner, their level of sensitivity and all, but in my case, I found it had some benefits.....
  15. Excuses For Ones Actions..

    I see the point in the OP, and I definately am for accepting responsibility for ones choices! The financial gain possible in lawsuits could be a factor of encouraging that sort of thinking and behavior; the tv commercials by lawyers promising you can get money this way is a cultural trainer of peoples. Now, that said, it is not an excuse, but a possible explanation. Not the same thing, and yet often confused with one another. Even in exercising personal responsibility, as Goldentoes pointed out, examination of explanation is an essential process in finding the roots of behaviors and determining ways that it can be changed. I love the concept of total free powerful will that if enough effort is applied, can override and be impervious to all outside influence, but reality and numerous years of scientific study is showing us to be social animals with an undeniable vulnerability to the exterior influence and our society. Even when we think we are free of it, it is sneaking in through the subconscious and will stear our minds and bodies in ways we won't even be aware of or recognize. I really am attached to taking responsibility, as I find it empowering- if I can find the way I am responsible, then that means I have the power to change outer events and people! But even that can lead one astray. When my child was in fifth grade, his teacher began to claim he had behavioral problems. He never had before, and was the easiest and most obedient child at home. But repetative meetings were scheduled, to find out why he is not listening to her, why an invisible wall just pops up in front of his face when she tries to tell him what to do. At one point, the teacher met me with a psychologist, to try to determine what about me is causing his problems. I was totally cooperative, feeling terrible, wondering what I was doing wrong. All kinds of things were suggested- am I having an affair outside my marriage that he might be aware of and troubled by? Is there marital problems? Do I not exercise discipline at home? Am I abusive? None of these seemed accurate, but I was putting myself in question and becoming a nervous wreck as time went by and I couldn't find what I was doing wrong.It never crossed my mind to blame the teacher. Until the end of the year, when it was released that his entire class, except for two girls, would be held back another year. Apparently they ALL, according to her, had behavioral problems! None of them had ever had any before her class or at home. So as the next year started, I guess the school did some investigating of her methods, and decided it was her problem! She was screaming like a maniac all the time, and her logic and reason didn't ever add up, and this was causing many of the kids to just block her out ultimately. They forced her to take early retirement, and moved the kids to a different teacher, with whom they all bloomed and did great for the rest of the year. He's been an exemplary student ever since. I don't like the idea of blame- it makes it sound like the goal is to condemn someone to **** or something, but if we can take the search for "blame" out of it, and look together for explanation, maybe it would help us be more objective at times, with less moral judgement threatened?