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  1. Lameness

    Tried more turnout. It actually kinda backfired. He is a bit goofy, started kicking and racing around.. wiped out all together. Got up okay after that, but we've been putting him into a smaller enclosure to try to discourage too much silliness. He doesn't appear to be lame when he is trotting on his own on the grass, but he also does not do it for long so it' kind of hard to observe. The vet ruled out hoof issues, but did encourage the ferrier to trim the angle on the front toes more. So he's been doing that, as instructed. Also did some blood work to rule out some kind of systemic problem, just in case!
  2. Lameness

    I agree with you both on not riding until the vet comes out and looks at him some more. Both fetlock joints were injected. X-rays showed some arthritis, but she also said she's seen much worse and still was able to get some pain free, useful years out of those cases. But I understand, every horse is different.. He is kept in the stall with turnout. Right after the injections we were instructed to keep him on stall rest for 2 weeks, then hand walk for 2 weeks, then light 15 minute rides for 2 weeks.. Did all that as instructed. Essentially repeat of last year's regimen. Except last year it actually worked :-(
  3. Lameness

    So my 28 year old Appaloosa gelding appears to be permanently lame. :-( Or maybe I am just really really discouraged right now. Basically about a year ago he was fairly lame on one of his front legs. Vet came out, did some x-rays and recommended injection into the joint. Said that it could work for anything from not at all to up to a year. He became completely sound for a full year! But almost exactly at a year mark he started "head bobbing" at a trot again. This time the vet recommended injections into both front feet. Well, now it's been almost 10 weeks and he is still not 100% sound. He will go 3-4 strides okay, but then the head bobbing starts up. Not as bad as before, but still. Even more alarming, he started tripping a lot. We rode for 5-10 minutes today and he tripped twice pretty hard at a very light trot. To give you more information he is ridden lightly 2-3 times a week on the trails. We ride English. He likes to go, otherwise I would just stop riding him. He normally is very forward and will try to break into a canter at times. He hasn't tried to do that ever since early May when he became lame again. Any thoughts are welcome and appreciated. The stable's owner is worried that with all the tripping it might be no longer safe to ride him. We are calling the vet this week to have her take a look of course. So I am just looking for your thoughts and opinions.
  4. My horse might've eaten rubber bands, now what?

    Most likely nothing. It will pass through. It would have been more alarming if the horse ate long strands of something. Round small rubber bands will pass and I am guessing you won't even find them.
  5. Bolting?

    Ha! It's been a really long time.. almost forgot I posted this. Three years later we are still together, he has learned a lot and so have I. We went from lounging before every ride to not needing to do that anymore. Thanks again for everyone's advice. I am really glad I stuck with it. It was 100% worth it.
  6. What Do You Do To Keep Fit?

    I am a runner (20 + miles a week), plus one of my two part time jobs is dog walking. I do try to get to the gym, but I only enjoy it on a rainy day when nothing can be done outside!
  7. Pom Grooming Help..

    Not sure if that's what Pom's owner is looking for, but I am a veterinary assistant and we often shave dogs for people who can't take their pets to groomers because of bad behavior. we are a little more ready to deal with naughty dogs, but also more aware of why they may act this way. As someone mentioned, something like hip displasia or arthritis can make them little monsters. Long story short, if all else fails, the dog can be premedicated with either Diazepam or Acepromazine to make him a lot easier to handle and to make is a lot less stressful for him. Most veterinarians will dispence a few pills to the owner with no problem, provided the canine senior citizen is up to date on lab work.
  8. Bolting?

    Thanks, Dondie. However, my experience is not nearly as bad. In fact for the past two weeks we've been riding fine (in company for now) working well on the lunge line and learning to respect my space. Hopefully tomorrow I am going to try riding him solo and see how it goes. I do agree with you that I have a choice of walking away from this situation, and I fully intend to do so, if by the end of March I still feel like I am riding a bomb waiting to explode. The past 3-4 rides we had I was actually able to relax and not feel like something is about to go terribly wrong. I am giving this relationship another month simply because I hate quitting and know that there were at least two other riders who rode this gelding before me for at least a year or two and were sad to part with him. I think we need a little time and a lot of work. but again, as I said, if in another month i still dont' feel safe riding him the way I enjoy, I will be walking away and looking for another situation.
  9. Bolting?

    Thanks Mudder, this is strangely encouraging. Maybe I can make something out of this horse yet. :-) Today's session did not go as well. But part of it was my fault. I came over to lunge and ride him, started lunging, did both right/left. After that I attempted getting him to reverse one more time, and he just would not comply. We were both sweating 30 minutes later, me just trying to get him to walk to the right on the circle, him continually coming in a facing me going "Aren't we done??". I managed to get him to trot rather lousy around a few times, just not to finish on the bad note. but after that I chickened out of getting on him, wasn't sure how his behavior was going to be since I did not succede lunging him for more appropriate amount of time. I totally should have tried. But this time I was alone, my back side still hurts, you name it. But mostly I was being chicken sh**. Monday I'll have some help again, and try one more time.
  10. Fecals/microscopes

    I do my own fecal floats for dogs/cats/horses or whatever you want. but I work at a veterinary hospital and just bring the poop to work with me, then do it myself at lunch break or something. If you want to get a cheaper microscope, check out e-bay for a refurbished one or a school supply websites/stores. For most horse parasites (I say most, because some of the protozoan things are very small) you dont' need anything very powerful or expensive. Good luck, I love doing fecal floats! :-)
  11. Bolting?

    So far so good! We had a productive lunging session-the barn owner helped me out, since I haven't lunged many horses before. I did have a lot to learn about getting him started. After that we both went on a ride and she showed me a mostly fenced-in filed that I can work him in, and we did some circles at walk/trot, practicing my one-rein stops. He was a little "fresh" on the way home, but I just circled him around a few times and he settled down nicely. :-)
  12. Bolting?

    You all make some valid points! I do think this gelding is not used to getting out as much, and is also challenging my authority. I wish I could always( or almost always) ride with someone, but I am in a barn with only two other horses, both belong to the same person and we have very different schedules. I somewhat agree on not necessarily wanting to fix the problem, after all paying money to ride someone else's horse is only fun if it's mostly well behaved. Not if it's constantly looking for ways to get you off! By then you feel as if you should be the one getting payed. I did speak to the barn's owner, who is not a trainer, but certainly knows a lot about horses. She is going to meet me tomorrow for a lounging session, and then she suggests I try riding him, and turn him in circles, make him go back in the opposite directions and such at the first sign of trouble. She says she has ridden him a few times, and he has tried similar behavior with her, and that's how she solved it. Basically she thinks that lounging him before the ride should take the edge off, and after that just work with him under saddle near home. So we'll see how it goes tomorrow, because to be honest I am kind of ready to quit.
  13. Auctioning Off A Weanling At A Business Auction?

    That does sound like a dumb plan. If they wanted to "donate" the horses they should have sold them off and donated the money. At least at a live-stock auction everything is set up to handle horses, cows, etc. Not a stupid parking lot. What a strange idea!
  14. Bolting?

    Thank you so much for your advise. I am aware of and have used one-rein stop on a different horse. So I am hoping to be able to stop him if I was actually on his back! Most of the time I suspect that he'd buck me off or rear up until I was off, just like he did last time. I will try lounging him before getting on him and see if I can control him at a walk, and positively staying close to home for now.
  15. Bolting?

    Hello, I titled my post "bolting?" because I am not really sure what exactly is going on. I shareboard a 21 year-old Appaloosa gelding. I've started riding him in late December. At first he was really good, not lazy, no bucking/rearing/etc. But both the owner (who hasn't ridden him since 2003) and the barn owner has warned me that he can get very naughty at times, mostly bucking some, laying down in mud/snow and such. About a week or two ago (I ride 2-3 times a week, alone, on the trail) he started to let out a few bucks here and there, mostly at the beginning of a canter. Not a big deal, more of a crowhop. However, last Wednesday he went completely nuts on me, throwing me off, galloping off into traffic! What exactly happen, I am not sure. At first I though he must have spooked at something, but now I am actually wondering if he bolted, because he wanted to go home faster. We were out for about 40 minutes, doing canter, trot and walk. He was okay, not perfect, a little "spooky". Then we turned around ( I always turn at different places). He tried trotting, I would not let him because I could tell he was in some hurry to go home (he usually is, and settles in a bit). I turned him in a couple of circles and we went on at a hurried walk. Suddenly he just sort of jumped to the side, I tried getting him to settle, at which point he went on bucking, jumping around and maybe rearing a little. Next thing I know I am on the ground, he yanked the rains out of my hands and the rest is history. Today I went to at least walk him on the trail (he has been turend out since Wed., but I have not been out on him, I honestly was a bit bruised from my fall and needed to replace my cracked helmet). He acted all goofy, on the way back got even worst (we were out for 10 minutes or so) long story sort, i actually dismounted and walked the rest of the way! Not sure what this is all about, or how to handle it?? Some information about my situation, I do not have a ring, or any enclosure to ride in, only the trails. I can lounge him before I ride, but I am not an expert at that, so I haven't been. Should I? My plan for tomorrow was to come and lounge him without riding. Thanks and sorry it is kind of long. Ruhorserider.