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post #11 of 27 Old 02-25-2012, 10:16 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah.... I don't think I can take much more going wrong right now...

Just in the last month:
I have not been able to ride due to my horse's back changing shape - need a new saddle
Hubby is currently running 104 degree temp
The initial tests came back that I might have tryroid cancer
My crushed spine may be inoperable and I can look forward to a wheelchair in the next couple of years - I alreay live on so many pain killers that they are going to be moving me to Oxycotten because it will be nicer to my liver than the eight to ten vicaden I take now
The dog almost got cremed when he got out onto the road because I can't afford to put up a fence right now

I can't take a sick horse right now. They are my one escape from all that is wrong in my life.

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post #12 of 27 Old 02-25-2012, 10:24 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by CLaPorte432 View Post
I'm curious as to if her being stalled for the past few days, and then her running around for nearly an hour might have "over-did" it for her? It's kind of hard to say, but when she's out in pasture, she's able to move around a lot more then being in a stall so maybe the confinement, then all that playing has something to do with it?
She is known for spending HOURS running everyday - but the sheer volume of mud lately has curbed that. She is already on selemium - she is supposed to be a broodmare eventually (part of the purchase contract is the seller gets a baby out of her - and we get one too), though first she has to be saddle trained.

The more I think about it, the more I think she tyed up. I am thinking that assuming she feels fine tomorrow, we will just make a bit of a change. Tying up in draft horses can be brought to a minimum by adding protien and fat to thier diet - so I will pick her up a bag of alfalfa pellets and some rice bran. It will give her a nice treat in the morning and give her a shiny coat if it is not the issue, or it could help keep her from doing it again if she is prone to it. I just have to go a bit out of my way to get to a feed store that is open on Sundays.
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post #13 of 27 Old 02-25-2012, 10:27 PM
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Let us know how she's doing tomorrow!

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him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too."

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post #14 of 27 Old 02-25-2012, 10:36 PM Thread Starter
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I will. It will be afternoon West Coat time - we will hit the feed store and head out to spend at least a couple hours with her.

Come to think of it... the stable owner asked me a few weeks ago if it would be ok if she tossed my gelding some beet pulp and the filly some grain in the mornings as they were the only horses not getting something. She was feeling guilty treatign them different from the rest... so there are some carbs in the filly's diet.

My gelding prefers the taste of beet pulp to grain, but as the filly had never had either, BO figured she would be more willing to eat grain.

Anyway, thanks so much for the input. She was looking better before we left - or we would not have left, so I am sure she will be looking much better in the morning. If she tyed up, she should look pretty much perfect. If she tweeked something in the collision, she will be walking offf...

Either way, I will let you know...
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post #15 of 27 Old 02-25-2012, 10:43 PM
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Not to go off topic but were you serious about the "timeout" for your horses or were you joking?

On topic: My wifes uncle had a horse that had a selenium deficency. There was plenty of it in his diet but he couldn't digest it right. He had to get a shot of selenium before he was worked hard if he had been out of work for very long.

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LOL - the barn owner called it a "time out" but no, it was a joke. They were not turned out because the fence had to be fixed and she could not do it immediately - she needed her significant other to be home to help. Better to leave them in thier stalls for a couple of days than put them in an unsafe paddock.

This time of year, all the 'extra' paddocks are under several inches of standing water.
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I dont understand why the vet wasn't called. Could be a dislocation.
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post #18 of 27 Old 02-25-2012, 10:57 PM Thread Starter
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A dislocation would have produced an 'oouchie' point. Between the six of us, we would have found it. Trust me, we looked!

The vet was not called because she was not dying... there is not a vet in the area who I trust to touch my horses. At best the vet could have given her a shot of pain killers rather than the oral ones I gave her.

Should she show ANY signs that her life is in danger, a vet will be out there so fast it will make his head spin - heck, he may not even know HOW he got there...
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post #19 of 27 Old 02-25-2012, 11:08 PM
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Other potential is a pinched nerve in her back somewhere... even applying pressure looking for "ouchies" might not find the "right" nerve, depending on which one. :/ I was leaning towards tying up... but the nerve thing also sprung into my head.

I hope she is better tomorrow and it is just a one-time thing for you guys!!!
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post #20 of 27 Old 02-25-2012, 11:15 PM Thread Starter
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When I left the stable today, I was thinking nerve, but I am now pretty sure she tyed up. Just in case it is a nerve, a good back massage will help - and if its not, it will help with her taming. The chiropractor is not due out to the stable for three more weeks - he comes once a month. When he gets here, she is going to be the first in line!
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