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post #21 of 28 Old 01-07-2012, 10:23 PM
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i'll be the voice of dissent here, your horse looks like a 20 yr. old, props to you, and also for purchasing a 39 yr. old horse, just goes to show that good breeding and good management will take you a LONG way, literally. Now to the dissention, As with any elderly being, when they go, they tend to go QUICK. Changing/adding things to what sounds like a very plain diet makes me think that you would be putting added stress on organs that process those types of additives, such as the kidneys, liver, and of coarse the ever sensitive equine GI system. i would use blankets and maybe some anti inflammatory drugs if she REALLY looks off, but remember that these are used for the most part to maintain a working horse, and she is beyond the working stage, sorta what it sounds like, hospice status. But, what do I know, just some thoughts.
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post #22 of 28 Old 01-07-2012, 10:33 PM
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Originally Posted by Endiku View Post
Delriah is one of the older living horses at the moment, but unfortunately her previous owners did not update her registry annually, and so she is no longer registered under AQHA.
I have 2 older AQHA horses as well, and I found out a few years ago that the AQHA actually marks down horses as 'deceased' at a certain age if they don't have a show record or other evidence that they're alive. I wonder if you could produce bill of sale and photos and convince AQHA to update her record? It actually might be something that they'd be interested in doing, since they're promoting the breed right now, and doing some campaigns to get AQHA horse owners to increase registrations, offering discounts on transfer papers to get them updated....

You're doing a great job - she looks awesome.
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post #23 of 28 Old 01-07-2012, 10:34 PM
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oh my goodness, she looks amazing for 50!
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post #24 of 28 Old 01-08-2012, 02:37 AM
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What an amazing horse. Just feel around for what's most comfortable for her. Possibly controlled grazing and paddock time. I would seriously consider the Legend, because it has done miracles with our boys, and it's only needed every six months... I think... It works in a matter of days, and the horses benefit greatly from it. At her age, I don't believe there would be much of a drawback to use it.

If she feels more comfortable outside, then keep her comfortably outside, possibly with a blanket, but if you believe she'd be more comfortable inside, then just keep it heated and padded, and provide her with lots of food that will be a comfortable retirement. :-D
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post #25 of 28 Old 01-08-2012, 02:50 AM
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Iain -- why controlled grazing and paddock time? This horse looks wonderful and needs to be able to move.

Heated stall? For one thing, the OP is in Texas. For another, having one temperature inside and then asking the horse to go outside where it is 20 degrees colder is not good.
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My appologies guys, I didn't realize that this thread stayed active ;)

jbolt- we aren't looking to make her ridable again, just to keep her comfortable. I agree, too man additives might hurt her in the long run- but I do think that we should do anything possible to keep her as healthy and strong as possible and Legend does sound like it might help, as well as one or two other light suppliments. As for purchasing a 39 year old...well, that's actually quite a long story. When buying Del, we believed that she was a early to mid twenty year old horse who has been a lesson horse her entire life, but was just a bit too 'hot' for the kids at the particular farm we bought her from. In reality she was almost fourty, and had been a well known cutting horse for quite some time, as well as a trail horse, lesson horse, novice/intermediate competition horse, and a few other things. Just goes to show you that you definately can't go by looks!

Ladytrails- That's very possible, though it may be hard considering that she probably hasn't been updated in atleast twenty years, most likely more. And we've only got photos of her from the years we've had her. Still, its something to look into! Wouldn't it be neat to have her registered again? She's very probably the oldest living QH at this time!

Iain, I do agree with the controlled grazing time, since we have all of our horses on limited pasture (over half of them are miniatures, and so we are very careful) but I do think that she should be allowed as much exercise as she is willing to/can handle. We have her schedualled for her first shot of Legend on Wednesday, and I hope to see some different fairly quickly. I think we still plan on keeping her pastured since thats all she's ever known while living with us, and if we do stall her it will most likely be a very basic set up with straw and a 12x12 stall or something close. Being a non-profit we have very limited funds and although we love her to death, paying $600 plus for board just isn't something we can do!

I'll keep everyone updated on Del's progress!

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Originally Posted by Endiku View Post

Ladytrails- That's very possible, though it may be hard considering that she probably hasn't been updated in atleast twenty years, most likely more. And we've only got photos of her from the years we've had her. Still, its something to look into! Wouldn't it be neat to have her registered again? She's very probably the oldest living QH at this time!
That's my point; I think the AQHA would LOVE to hear about this! They publish a magazine, America's Horse, which always has tidbits about special AQHA horses. I would think they would really want to work with you on getting her back in the registry books! It would be interesting to us AQHA members on so many angles - the health & versatility of the AQHA breed, the need for people like you to make the commitment for years and years, and the AQHA is trying to publish a new program to track sold horses so that their original owners/breeders can get them back if the current owners ever have to give them up or don't want to deal with the expense of a retirement or end-of-life horse. Wouldn't it be fun to get the recognition for that half-century?
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post #28 of 28 Old 01-08-2012, 03:54 PM
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Have you ever heard of Regenex? It's a gluclosamine/chondroitin/msm supplement, but the amounts are higher then any other that I have seen and it's at a really decent price for the product. I use it on my mare and she is doing so much better.

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Manganese (Amino Acid Chelate) 10mg*
Glucosamine Sulfate 5000mg*
Chondroitin Sulfate 1000mg*
MSM 5000mg*

For the best results with a gluclosamine supplement, you want chondroitin and msm in it as well. My mare really likes the taste of it as well, which I found odd because it stinks. LoL.

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