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post #11 of 15 Old 05-08-2010, 08:44 PM
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I'd get her checked out by a vet. The tying up after 30 mins of work freaks me out. But from what I've heard a lot of different things can cause it, so it may have been something else that caused her episode and hopefully you'll never see another. I think you can test for PSSM too

Otherwise, I would just take her on long walks w/ a little trotting and keep working it up. She should get into shape really fast. If not I'd guess there is something actually wrong with her.
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post #12 of 15 Old 05-08-2010, 09:26 PM
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I have to agree with Kevin. She hasn't had any real work to speak of all winter so she is probably just really out of shape. I would start working her harder and if she doesn't start showing some improvement, then you might consider having a vet check her out.
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Originally Posted by ponyboy View Post
Why not?

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post #14 of 15 Old 05-09-2010, 09:51 PM
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If she's not getting any grain is she at least getting some type of multi vitamin? If not, that may be helpful.

I agree with what some others have said about her just being out of shape. My Paint mare can go forever now but that's after a year of steady work to get her into shape. Last year she would be soaked in sweat after trotting for longer than 15 minutes! Now she's good for at least a couple hours of serious work! ;)
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post #15 of 15 Old 05-09-2010, 10:11 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by ponyboy View Post
Why not?
Quite frankly, I don't believe in feeding grain unless necessary. Not only is it a completely unnatural substance for a horse to be consuming, it's one of the leading causes of colic. None of our horses work hard enough to warrant needing it, they survive fat and sassy on free choice hay and grass. In my opinion, people who stuff their horses with grain are making excuses - a horse can work DARN hard before needing a substitute for basic hay and grass.

They have free choice mineral/salt blocks (mineral, iodine, cobalt). I also started her on an electrolyte supplement mixed with a small portion of beet pulp since she tied up. I haven't had an issue with her since, and we've had some pretty hard lunge/round pen sessions, harder then the day I rode her.

I don't think she's ever going to win awards for her stamina, I've just never seen a horse, even an unfit young one, with such lousy stamina. It's not just the sweating, it's the breathing. Like I said, Shay-las 3 year old sweats pretty easy but she doesn't pant furiously like Jynx.

Thanks for the advice, I'll just bring her up slowly with lots of jogging and see how she progresses through the summer. Our farrier is in love with her feet and said SHE would make a good endurance horse (my Arab has such lousy feet, he advised strongly against it) but it's looking like that will be a laugh!

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