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  1. Dog With Severe Anxiety

    Could he benefit from more exercise? I'm not an expert by any means. Someone mentioned Cesar and I know he also uses a treadmill for his dogs. Have you tried this? I dont' have one, I wouldn't be able to do it, but I've heard it does wonders. Whatever the case, I hope the med changes help and things get better for all of you :) Oh, what kind of dog is he? Would he benefit from having some type of a job to do? Maybe agility work? I dunno, I'm throwing out suggestions.
  2. Hemangiosarcoma

    Dondie, I'm sorry to hear about your boy. It very well could be what your boy had also. It's one of those cancers that comes fast and comes hard. New Bolton has tissue samples of the cancer they are keeping so that when they develop the technology to learn more they have that much more tissue sample to work with. Thanks for the kind words as well. It's still very numbing to know she's gone and she isn't coming back.
  3. Wound On Coronary Band

    Never fun learning those lesson the hard way been there done that myself with other things.
  4. Wound On Coronary Band

    My mare went dead lame overnight because of an abscess before. Once it blew she was 70% walking normal right away, but 100% after a couple days. And yes, it can cause heat abscess is an will drain puss and other ickies. The epsom salt will help draw out the infection. It needs to stay open so all the yuckies can drain out of it. Causes...can be a myriad of things....something worked its way up its hoof like a small stone or sand. There's plenty of abscess stories here on a search and you'll know lots and lots! It's what I usually do :)
  5. Wound On Coronary Band

    exactly what chocomare said!
  6. Wound On Coronary Band

    could be where an abscess blew out. I've always been told to keep it as clean and dry as you can.
  7. Update On My Quarter Horse

    So back in January I posted about my quarter horse mare, whom among other things, started bolting. In May I was introduced to a trainer in our area whom I had never met before and right away I knew this was the guy that was gonna help us. Fast forward 2 trainer has done some work on Onyx's hooves which we feel played a large part of her sour attitude and her feet almost look normal now and more importantly...seem to be functioning normal! The trainer believes in getting rid of the majority of your riding issues through round penning. So starting out we did a lot of that with short rides (10 min or less) just to make everything a positive experience for my mare. She still has work ahead of her. We think a lot of her problems were due to lack of training from the get go and possibly some negative experiences riding in the past. We are working on exercises to get her relaxed when in the round pen, under saddle and in general when we work with her. She is a bit mare-ish and currently still has a bit of an attitude about being worked, but it's gotten sooo much better. Glad I finally found a trainer to work with us and show us a better way :) And very glad I didn't give up on this girl. I believe she is going to be a wonderful trail mount real soon.
  8. Hemangiosarcoma

    I think we were posting about the same time small! I had read that article as well. There's more literature about the cancer in dogs than horses. I am very content in knowing that we did all we could and my dear girl didn't suffer after talking to my vet and just the little bit of info I got off the net. I just like to arm myself with knowledge once I encounter something and was just reaching out to share our story or hear others (if any). New Bolton is doing an autopsy and I should have the final report in about a week or so.
  9. Hemangiosarcoma

    thanks for the replies. I guess it really is a rare cancer. I googled it, but didn't get much info there either and the vet has been wonderful answering my many new questions I wake up to ask him, but more often that not he just doesn't have the answers. All I know about hemangiosarcoma is: it is aggressive, there is no treatment, it is deadly and the onset is very fast. Well, maybe now if someone else, god forbid, has this happen to their horse, they will know they aren't alone.
  10. Hemangiosarcoma

    Hello, I just wanted to share my Prancer's story in hopes of hearing someone else's story if anyone else has gone through this or at least to put it out there since I couldn't find much info on the internet. A little background on my mare...she is a 24 y.o., arabian mare, never been bred and never any health issues aside from an occassional scrape/cut and maybe a cold or something. She has never foundered, coliced...none of that in the 15 years I owned her. I got her when she was 7. She was utd on all shots, working, farrier, dental. Monday 8/6/12 at 11:30 I went out before I went to bed to say goodnite to her. She has eaten her dinner that evening (grain and hay) with no problems. When I left her that evening, everything was fine. Nothing was "off", her attitude was normal, appetite normal, bowel movements normal. Tuesday 8/7/12 @ 6:30 am - Woke up to feed. Went to the barn and she was waiting for me at the fence as she usually does. I gave her her grain which she happily started munching on. I got her hay ready and put it outside for her. At this time I noticed she had a smear of blood on her right side. So I started checking her over to see what was going on. It was then I noticed she has blood in her right nostril. So I put her halter on and grabbed a wash cloth so I could clean it up. As I began cleaning, I noticed she had blood in both of her nostrils. I got her cleaned up and also took her temp which was 99.1 (normal for her). At this point I called my vet and since she wasn't showing any other signs of anything and the bleeding appeared to have stopped, e decided maybe her sinuses for inflammed. At 8:00 I went back out to the pasure to check on her. Since I had cleaned her nose up real good I could tell that there was not any fresh blood coming out of her nose. So I left for work. At 11:30 I called a neighbor and asked if she would come check on Prancer. At 11:45 she got to the house to discover Prancer lying down in the pasture with more blood in her nose (not a gush, but a drip). I was in meeting and didn't get this message until noon at which point I called my vet who rushed out to my house. It took me 45 minutes to get home. My vet checked her hb which was 66, her temp was 102.1 and her lungs sounded bad. She gave her a shot of banamine which showed a new issue....she bled out some at the needle point. My vet didn't know what to do as this was more than she was equipped to handle. By 1:25 I had my mare loaded in our trailer on our way to New Bolton in Kennett Square, PA. She was a real trooper in the trailer, but was getting weak and tired by the end of the ride. At 2:30 we arrived and The team at New Bolton started examining her immediately. Her hb was now 72, her temp was 101. they had taken blood work that showed her platelet count was low and she was anemic. They put her on fluids. They did a scope which verified the location of the blood was coming from her lungs. The doc told me she either has an infection, autoimmune disorder or cancer. Then they did an ultrasound which I guess showed some abnormalities. By this time Prancer started shaking from the pain and she was getting resless. The doc asked to do an xray which showed her lungs were very damaged and she had to be put on oxygen during the xray. It was at this time around 5:30 we decided the only thing left to do was to let her go. Everything was a whirlwind and happened so fast. Has anyone else experienced a horse with hemangiosarcoma? My vet assured me there was nothing I could have done to predict this and that we did everything we possibly could. Thanks for reading.
  11. Horse Hair

    thanks everyone. Since I posted this a friend of mine has actually offered to give me a giftcard to tailspin. I'm off to check them out now along with your other suggestions.
  12. Horse Hair

    Hi everyone. It's been a long time since I've posted on the boards. Just yesterday I had to part with my beloved horse after 15 years together. I have a lock of mane and also some tail hair. What types of jewelry designs and keepsakes have you done with your horse's hair?
  13. A Different Buddy/barn Sour Question

    Thanks Smilie...I had incorporated some of what you said when I rode. Glad to know I'm not way off base with my thinking. I appreciate ya'lls input :)
  14. A Different Buddy/barn Sour Question

    Honestly, I've tried this method and with this lil mare, the idea of work doesn't phase her. In her mind, the faster the better, even if it is tight circles and things.
  15. A Different Buddy/barn Sour Question

    So in an effort to expand my knowledge I've been posting more on here lately. No one's told me to leave yet so I guess I'm not that annoying I've began the hurdle of working with my arab mare who has buddy and barn sour issues. She doesn't have violent issues like bolting, rearing or bucking, but she does holler, prance, and is just a PITA. I can get her to leave the barn and her barn mate, but obviously when we turn to come back towards the barn she speeds up. This is where my curiosity comes in. I've read a lot of the other responses to how people deal with barn/buddy sour which is to work the horse where they want to be and rest elsewhere. When I try these methods on my arab, it just seems to amp her up and there is no end in sight. She will outlast me every day of the week. A friend of mine told me what she does is she turns the horse around and makes them stand facing the opposite direction. When the horse stands still calmly, she will turn the horse around in the direction she was originally going and repeat as necessary. I've kinda modified this version while romping around my house. My 2 horses are kept behind my house and I've been riding my arab in the front yard where she cannot see the other mare. I walk my arab toward the back yard/pasture, turn her around and make her stand. Then I ask her to walk away from the barn, stand still. I keep doing a version of this until finally when we head for the barn she doesn't know what I'm going to ask her to do and her pace doesn't change. I've just been doing this at a walk. I feel that this method is working in my situation, but i guess I'm curious if others feel this may just be a fluke and I'm getting lucky. Or if by doing this I'm setting myself up for failure in the future? Or does this seem logical to anyone? Thanks! Donna