Willy ShoMaker

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    Staten Island, NY USA
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    Trail riding, pleasure,training
  1. Help! My Horses Hooves Are Cracked!

    Do you have a good farrier who trims your horse? From the photo, looks like a serious crack from quarter to coronary band. There are fixes that can fill in the crack til it grows out so that infection doesn't get into the underlying tissues. I'd speak to your farrier about it.
  2. Peeing While Under-Saddle On Long Rides? (Horse, Not Human)

    By observing horses, I know that most of them don't like to get their feet wet. So, they will not pee on ground where the urine splashes on them. I used to ride my former mare for several hours on trail rides, and I don't ever remembering her peeing on the rides. She would wait til she got back to the barn.
  3. Thinking Of Switching Bits, But Which Bit Should I Switch To?

    Obviously, this horse needs to start from the ground up. You need to do longeing for respect and exercises on the ground that will get his attention and - when doing something wrong or disrespectful - he needs to be corrected and strongly so. You can't change a horse's behavior with a change of bit. The only thing that I would worry about with a bit is - is it comfortable and does it fit the horse's mouth correctly, and, He needs to be trained to accept the bit with the proper training and correct use of your hands with the reins. Also, he may be having soreness issues somewhere in his body and he's trying to tell you something when he misbehaves. Always listen to your horse. If soreness issues are ruled out, than I'd go with the training issues.
  4. Why Does She Stand This Way

    Please give us an update. How old is this horse? Also, I agree that I'd go with a chiro who knows their stuff well, and, have X-rays of the feet just to see if something is going on there. My gelding has had many on/off issues since having WNV several years ago, and injuries to his hind end. He does the same thing as your horse, one day bucking and running, and then he must hurt himself when I am not around, cause he will show up gimpy and stiff and sometimes work out of it. I regularly use a vet/chiro who is terrific, and finds things at times on him such as shoulder out, slight stifle injury, etc. We do stretching exercises whenever I am at the stable, and this helps him. He has been barefoot for years, and I use a natural hoofcare practitioner. On long trail rides, I use Boa Boots on fronts only. He is 19 yrs. now, and looks like a 10 yr. old. So, keep us posted.
  5. Hoofcinch? Anyone Heard Of This Or Used It? **update**

    Sorry, saw this post today......I know how you feel about letting your horse go because of pain and suffering. I, too, lost my favorite mare several years ago to founder. It is horrible! I did see the hoofcinch demonstrated on RFDtv last year. It was administered to a foundered horse on camera, and looked rather easy to apply. The owner of the horse was present and swore by the product. The sooner you put them on the foundering horse, the better the outcome. If it were available when my horse foundered, I'd try it in a minute.
  6. Should I Invest In A Larger Size Hoof Boot?

    I agree that you should let your farrier/hoof trimmer trim his hooves as usual, and don't worry about sizing until you measure his foot. How to measure them - in case you don't know - can be found on the web at boot sites or in catalogs. Take it from me,( who has had my gelding barefoot for years, and I use a natural hoofcare guy), that I had difficulty a while ago getting my geldings front hooves in the Boa Boots I had purchased, and that had fit him for a long time. I tried on a size up, and the boots were too big, falling off while longeing him. I have since struggled slightly to get the Boas on, but they fit "tight" so that they don't come off while trail riding. The boots are supposed to fit snuggly, so I'd stick with the smaller size that you are able to get on.
  7. Suddenly Stiff And Sore?

    I have lots of "stiffness" issues with my 19 yr. old gelding. Since he had WNV he has had muscle spasms regularly....mostly in his neck. There are times when I have ridden him and he seemed fine, but I'd get to the stable a couple of days later, and he'd come out of the stall as if he was on stilts, but most of the time he'd walk out of it. There are times that I suspect that he might get cast in the stall, but gets himself out of it, in the process, hurting himself. Therefore, we are not always with our horses, so who knows what they do when we aren't present. If my horse can get himself into trouble, and hurt himself, he always finds a way. There are those horses who never get hurt and stay out of trouble most of the time. I use a chiropractor several times a year, which has helped him since he was sick with WNV about 2006 or 2007. If your horse doesn't improve with hand walking, turn out, or rest and the vet can't find anything, I'd think about using a chiro or massage therapist. Keep us posted!!
  8. Hives

    I would question what preservative means - is it a chemical, natural product???? or what. I'm sure your horse had an allergic reaction to this...and, Nick is right. Get a couple bales of your own hay and "test" the horse for a reaction. Good luck.
  9. Washing My Horse

    I used to give my former mare a soap (equine of course) shampoo about 1X weekly. But, the gelding I now have gets hosed off regularly, no soap, except about 2-3 shampoos a summer. When He needs it, I do use shampoo on his white socks, because they tend to get cruddy looking. Some of the show people at my boarding stable shampoo their horses about every week because of showing. As long as you use a mild shampoo and get all the soap out of the horse's coat, I wouldn't hesitate to shampoo about 1X weekly if needed.
  10. Bruising? Abscess? Need Help

    When you get this horse's hoof(hooves) healed up, and she is walking normally, I'd try using Keratex sole hardener. I use it on my horse and it is a great product. You can apply it couple times a week when you get down to see your horse.
  11. Repurposing A Broodmare

    I've seen several mares come through the stable where I board who have been in foal, given birth at the stable, and go right back to being used as a trail horse. Any horse can be trained, no matter the age, but if a given horse has been "started" poorly - with bad manners, etc. it will be more difficult to break bad habits than to start from scratch. This horse sounds like an easy project. Good luck with her!!
  12. Corneal Ulcers

    My heart goes out to you, having had eye problems with my gelding in the past. It is not a pleasant thing to have to deal with. Have you spoken with the vets about uveitus causing the problem? I believe that can cause ulcers. My own horse had to have an eye removed because he had WNV 6-7 yrs. ago and had issues of swelling in the cornea that wouldn't resolve. We weren't sure if he injured the eye during his battle with the disease or if the virus entered the eye. He was placed on medication for the swelling for a little over a year - which seemed to work for that period of time - but eventually the meds didn't help him any more. So, after a several week hospital stay to try to save the eye, it had to be removed. Thank the Lord he is rideable and has done very well with one eye. Good luck, I hope you resolve your problem.
  13. Horse With Runny Nose After Work Out

    Probably allergy. My former mare used to have allergies and had the same kind of thick, cloudy discharge that you describe. If the discharge becomes yellow and the horse begins to cough - then I'd worry that it is some kind of respiratory infection....vet needed.
  14. Is There Anyone Who Does Not Vaccinate Their Horses?

    I'm in agreement with Smilie. It is important to vaccinate for many of the diseases that mosquitoes spread, as well as those that have nothing to do with being near other horses (i.e. botulism, tetanus,etc.). My horse had the first series of WNV vaccines that first came out in about 2000. Staten Island was the "birthplace " of the disease in the US. He developed a very mild case of the disease even though he was vaccinated annually. This happened about 4-5 years after the WNV was first discovered in NYC. The vets in those days knew nothing or very little about WNV. My vet - who was called immediately upon my discovery that Willy was practically falling over his hind feet as if he was drunk - did supportive care and sent bloodwork to the lab for several neurological diseases since he could only guess what was going on. Everything came back negative, but I since found out that there is a certain window of time when the active disease will show up in bloodwork. I had consulted with the vet/researchers at Cornell University about this matter. My vet told me at the time that he didn't think Willy would be rideable in the future. Well, he is now 19 yrs. old and still going strong after recovering with the supportive care of my wonderful vet/chiro. So, use common sense and get the horse(s) vaccinated for those diseases that he could come in contact with.
  15. Stop And Stand Quiet

    From my own experience, a horse that moves off when you are moving around in the saddle, putting feet in stirrups, etc. is not a horse that is respectful of the rider. I have done groundwork for respect with my horse over the past several years, and when I mount him, he doesn't move a muscle til I ask him to go. Consistency in all that you do around your horse makes for a better relationship and communication with the animal.