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  1. 16 Year Old Mare Dropping Weight.

    Her teeth are done yearly. Senior feed does not keep well in our climate. Our grain is shipped in monthly on barges. We don't have a horse vet on the island we live on, only a couple vets who come by a few times a year (on vacation and visit us pro-bono, luckily). So prevention is our best medicine....we run a smll trail riding facility. Anytime the Vets see her they assume ulcer. Not sure whether it's front gut or hind gut, and as I understand it, the treatment for the two are quite different????.....Gastro Guard is a very expensive treatment option and not sure we can afford to treat her with it again....but we may have to. Might try that then cut off her grain completely and just leave her on free choice hay, calf manna and oil for vitamins and calories......Thank you for your post. Any other thoughts????
  2. 16 Year Old Mare Dropping Weight.

    We have a 16 year old mare who has been steadily losing weight over the past few years. We treated her with ulcer guard for 28 days, then tried generic Omeprizole a year or so later, and she just has never really ever bounced back. This is a mare who has had a few foals, had her last foal 8 years ago. She was an easy keeper until about 6 years ago when she started losing weight slowly.....she is on and off her grain. We give her a basic comlpete feed with calf manna and free choice timothy mix hay......we live on an island with no access to grass so no grazing.......she sometimes gets colicy symptoms when she's in heat and I should also mention that she get's stressed out if one of her 2 daughters is not nearby.....
  3. Saddle Fit

    Yes. OUr location makes it tricky. No tack shops here, no farrrier or horse vet either so we do face challenges, but we do pretty wel. We ususally order saddles online and have them delivered to a US address then bring them down in suitcases the next time we are up there........the shipping costs are outrageous so we avoid shipping them down here. Makes it hard to return them too. The best website for info on our islands is www.tciway.tc. If you want to check out operation here's our website. www.provoponies.com
  4. Saddle Fit

    We have a couple of draft mix rescues that we need to get synthetic western trail riding saddle for. One is probably a thoroughbred Clyde cross with very high sloping withers. The other is a Shire cross (we think), and also has very high sloping withers. My background is english riding, so I don't know much about western saddles. The Wintec western saddles we have are too wide and the pommel sits on their withers. I have done a little research and found that there is such thing as a gaited western saddle. Would these perhaps be a better fit??? We cannot afford custom fit saddles and they have to be synthetic because we ride the horses in to the ocean.
  5. Tying Up / Lack Of Sweat

    Thanks. That's a great article. We live on a remote island without access to anything horse related. We have to import everything. No horse vet on island. We have one who visits once, sometimes twice a year if we're lucky. We run a tourist based riding facility. Luckily we ride on the beach and most of the ride is walking in the ocean, so he never has to work very hard, and the water keeps him cool. I have emailed the vet we know to see if he has any insight. Of course we are not going to ride him for a long while. Thanks again!!! Here's a picture of him looking after a beginner rider on one of our trail rides.
  6. Tying Up / Lack Of Sweat

    No horse trailer. We live on a remote caribbean island without access to those amenities. But thanks. We let him take his time. Gave him bute and electrolytes upon returning to the stable.
  7. Tying Up / Lack Of Sweat

    We have a 14 year old pony who hardly sweats at all....and since we live and ride in the tropics where it's very hot, you would think that he would sweat a lot. He has tied up three times in the past 12 months or so. The first time, I noticed he was picking his hind feet up really high towards the end of a trail ride. After a couple of weeks off we took him out again and he seemed fine. Months later he fell to his knees while being ridden on the beach and stumbled trying to recooperate. I had the rider dismount immediately and hand walked him home, he was taking the same high steps with his hind feet. Gave him more time off. Again months later on another ride just noticed him picking up his hind feet high and tensing his haunches. He is a pretty stressed out guy to begin with; head shy, spooks fairly easily. He has a salt block. I am wondering if anyone thinks that the lack of sweat is realted to the tying up???
  8. Can A Hoof Abcess Start Out As A Pocket Of Blood...no Puss.

    How would she have gotten a hematoma in her hoof? Bruise?? You think I might have just popped the hematoma with the hoof pick. Sorry, I've only dealt with hematoma's in dog ears. LOL!!
  9. Was picking out a pony's hoof about to put her hoof boots on to lunge her. She's been out of commision for a while due to bone cysts in her hock. Two days ago a visiting vet (who come but once a year) injected her hock and I was about to lunge her to see how she looked. A little history on the mare: She spent a lot of time in the government pound on Grand Turk where they kept the horses on sand and got no hoof care (they were lucky to get food and water there- the pound has since shut down, thank GOD). She is, as a result, very flat footed, and has to wear hoof boots when walking on harder terrain. I work at a tourist based trail riding company on an island in the Caribbean and have no farrier and no vet. We rescue horses and ponies from situations that they should never have been forced to deal with. We do barefoot trims and boot the horses who are tender on the roads. We have had very good success rehabilitation some pretty bad hooves in the past. So, as I was saying, I was picking her feet, and she was being surprisingly reluctant, jerking it around a lot and she's normally a very docile mare. All of a sudden, as I was running the pick down the side of her frog, a big chunk of dirt came out and blood started pooring out of her hoof.....like a good 1/4 cup of blood. She instantly relaxed and let me hold her foot up from then on. We cleaned the hoof with betadine, packed it with triple antibiotic cream and wrapped it. She was pretty sound on it after we wrapped it. We thought abcess, but there was no puss. We thought P3 penetration, but I'm not convinced, because the blood was coming from where the tip of the frog meets the sole (wrong place for P3 right??).....She does have some concavity and a decent sole callus at the toe. Just not a very tall hoof capsule if you get what I mean. We don't have X-rays of her hoof to see exactly where P3 is. I did a little googling and now I'm thinking maybe she had a sharp object stuck in her hoof and when I picked her hoof, I dislodged it releasing the build up of blood. Could it just be a puncture wound?? When we cleaned her hoof we saw a slit where the blood was coming from, almost the same shape as the tip of a hoof knife....my boss had trimmed her feet a few days before and thought that maybe she cut into sole corium.......but the horse would have jerked back in pain and started bleeding right then and there right??? Not a week later???? She even let her romp around the paddock after the trim, and was sound. ANy insight would be helpful....wish I had a picture, but we wanted to get the hoof wrapped ASAP, no time to grab a camera. Going to epsom soak it tomorrow and re-wrap.
  10. Horse Eating Poop

    He's doin better. He's getting the power horse and has pretty much stopped the poop eating......except one time last Monday when he was pretty persistant about eating Ike's poop on a ride.....but I remember Ike used to eat his own poop when we first got him, so I imagine he must have some pretty special poop We got the selinium/Vitamin E in and figured out what everyone was getting with their diet alone, and are giving an extra 1 mg of selinium with the evening feed to everyone, which will bring them all up to between almost 2mg for the ponies to around 4 mg for the drafts.....we'll see. On a side note......trimmed Rapido's feet today, and His white line is looking sooooo much better.
  11. Horse Eating Poop

    I had read about the gutt flora thing with new foals, but wasn't aware that adult horses might do the same. We have a product called Yea-sacc which is probiotic/yeast powder that we have an ulcery mare on, so will maybe try him on that. The soil is limestone. There is literally NO GRASS on this island. The vegetation consists of dessert shrubs and low lying trees. The island has no fresh water. We are in the carribean so the water we drink, and give the horses is all filtered thrrough desalinization leaving little or no minerals in it....... So you can imagine our challenge. We have to ship hay in which is very costly and although they do get some, we have to supplement them with the complete feed and controlled starch feed. He's a trail horse and gets out 5 days a week....and yes, he may be bored with his job. Thanks for the advice......keep it coming
  12. Horse Eating Poop

    We have an 18 year old Standardbred we use as a trail horse for beginner riders. He has recently started to stop and eat fresh piles of other horses poop during the rides. When us guides try to shoo him forward he'll actually pin his ears and back up to kick or lash out to attack. This horse is very good natured normally. He's not eating any of the poop in his own stall. I know that poop eating in adult horses is generally an indication of something lacking in their diet.....mineral, vitamin. etc. We live on an island were there is no grass, so no grazing. We import Hay from Canada and feed a mixture of Manna Pro's Complete feed/contorolled starch feed and oats with a small amount of basic Calf manna supplement and a hoof supplememnt called Sho-Hoof. He has done well on this diet for 4 years. We recently strarted feeding him another supplement called Power Horse which we give to our Paso Fino's that present IR symptoms. The power horse is supposed to be good for horses with metabolic issues. We are currently looking into giving Selenium and vitamin E. A vacationing Canadian vet told us that the Hay we get from Ontario probably has no Selinium in it. He also suggested that we may have a vitamin E deficiency going on because of other problems (sore backs, tying up, sore joints). We calcuated that this horse gets around 2 mg of Selenium daily and we are aware of the seriousness of Selenium toxicity. If anyone of you have any insight into what specifically may be lacking in this guys diet, I would love to hear it.
  13. Would You Call This An Abcsess

    This is a side view of both front hooves so you can see the different hoof angles.
  14. Would You Call This An Abcsess

    Here is his hoof after 4 week follow up trim. You can see he is well on the mend......the sole is reconnected nicely on the inside of the hoof. White line looks good. He's 100% sound. Only thing is his two front hooves have two totally different angles because he was putting hardly any weight on his abcessed hoof for a good 3 months. The growth lines near the coronet are at a steeper angle than the older growth. Pretty neat. Thanks all for the advice. Serah Rose has left the Island so I may be seeking all your advice in the future.
  15. Would You Call This An Abcsess

    Wow. Thanks Serah for Posting. And thanks for all the comments. I'm Kel and I was the lucky one to open up this abcess in two trims two weeks apart. This little Paso is a trooper, and both Serah and I had suspected lameness in this hoof/leg for a while before he turned up dead lame one day. Definitely not white line disease although he does have that in his other fr hoof and we are dealing with that. I love the comment about 'unorthodox trimming'. What's a girl to do when there is no vet or farrier for 100's of miles and and ocean in between. Used to watch the farrier for hours and hours and have watched the Pete Ramey DVD's, but am going on nothing more than guesswork. I also pull beans out bare handed....LOL......Basically, I wanted to protect the coffin bone from inpsact and open as much of the infected area up as possible. I agree with the toe roll, but I took soooooo much off his hoof to begin with that I thought I might leave it for a bit and see how he moved on it before moving on. Ser bevelled the toe a bit today and I will look again at it tomorrow. Since Serah took this pic we have been keeping it wrapped and doing epsom soaks every other day.....he was romping around the ring today, cantering, bucking/farting etc etc. We keep our horses barefoot because we don't have a farrier on island. We use hoof boots for the tender footed ones during rides. even though we ride mainly on dirt raods and beach........I believe this abcess is a result of 'overly cautious trimming' When I actually removed the excess sole and frog and found his real collateral grooves, they indicated that he had a good inchand a half of sole depth at the heel and an inchor more at the point of frog, most barefoot trimmers call for 1/2-3/4 of an inch. We ride on farily rugged terrain and are always concerned about protecting P3......In this case, I think we were being too careful. In any case. I am wondering what you all think will happen to the sole that remains.....will it just grow out and shed or require trimming???? The white line as actually showing good connection all around in this hoof despite it's appearance. As for the grain issue. We really don't have any other option. There is no fresh water or grazing on this island......soil is limestone, so we have to feed processed feed and hay. We have never tested for IR, but suspect it in him and 3 more of our Paso Finos as well as cushings in one. Poor guys. Genetics!!!! When this horse bowed his tendon, he foundered in other hoof, also has a hisory of tying up........which is why we suspect IR. Anyhoo. Just htought I'd put my two cents in, and would love anymore input on treatment and prognosis.