Kymbadina;1227348]You know he is kinda anxious. Its like he's jittery. Once riding he's better. But I swear if he could see air it would be scary.
I don't think they will be opposed to a blood test. If the tumors are begnign I'm sure his cost will go up -_- because right now it's RUMORED to be begnign but no solid in writing proof. So if he IS IR, it will only bring his price back down so I'm sure they would be interested. They love him :) something like a metabolic issue wouldn't sway their oppinion I don't believe...just a ration balanced, not crazy amounts of grazing(he is kept on a dry lot when not in stall so no need of a muzzle) and not insane amount of carrots and candies. Right?Correct but they have to realize how easy it is to give "just one more" and pretty soon the whole bag's involved - lol
I'll research it more so I can better explain it to them but its nothing life threatening as long as its managed correct?Correct again. This is the best and most accurate, overall web site that accurately discusses metabolic issues.http://www.ecirhorse.com/# You could start a metabolic thread and I can pretty much promise every person with a metabolic horse will respond with a "what works" program differently. I have two metabolic TWH's and they aren't managed quite the same. However, both do wear grazing muzzles and eat the same base supplements. Herbs and NSAIDS are a bit different because one is 12 and the other 24.
I didn't know carrots were loaded with sugar...I never knew they are full of sugar until I had to start dealing with these metabolic issues.
I kind of want to put a sign on my geldings stall because everyone and their mother wants to give him treats to see him lift his upper lip to do the fehlmans(spelling??) Response....which he does no matter what you feed him..and he is kept on a low startch/sugar diet(because he gets to be a brat on anything else)..That's the toughest thing about being in a boarding barn. Two of my horses spent 5 yrs at a small country barn a long time ago and there were "feeding treats" problems there - lol
I will let everyone know as soon as the vet is out. And ill try to get a picture of his tumors..Thanks, I am curious. If they are right on his butt and not under his tail, I would think they are benign. I sure hope so for everyone's sake and I just thought of something else. Have the vet check inside his ears for melanomas and way down deep under his tongue. My 24 yr old TWH had a "tumor" waaaay down at the root of the tongue when I bought him as a coming 3 yr old. It grew back slowly over time and when he was around 17, he had to be sedated to have it removed again. He is now growing melanomas inside his ears and has a small one over his eye. The vet does not want to mess with them unless they start growing at a rapid rate or burst open. This is the horse with Equine Metabolic Syndrome and has the enlarged pituitary gland. EMS is a very slight variation of insulin resistance whereby the horse suffers muscle wasting, in similar fashion to Cushings but isn't cushings Anyway, if you see this in time, have the vet check his ears really good and down under the tongue:) I sure am not trying to sound like a Naysayer because I really like the horse and I'm on his side 110% - just want to point out some things that the vet may or may not think about if he's never dealt with them before