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post #1 of 10 Old 04-02-2012, 07:16 AM Thread Starter
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IR, Thyro L and floppy crest!

As many of you know, I have an IR pony. We have been controlling her diet and giving her Micro Phase and Quiessence as a suppliment. We just started Thyro L about 2 weeks ago after going to the vet and discussing options to get her to lose more weight.

We have her on 1 scoop of Thyro L per day, which doesn't seem like much, but that's what the vet recommended, so there it is. Since she's started the Thyro L, she obviously hasn't lost any noticeable weight in 2 weeks, but her crest is sagging to the side of her mane now. It reminds me of the Killer Whales in captivity that have their dorsal fins to one side. Is this normal? It doesn't seem to bother her, but it does look rather odd. Just wondering if anyone else's horse had the same reaction to Thyro L.
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post #2 of 10 Old 04-02-2012, 07:53 AM
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I've seen donkeys that have had a flopped crest. I had one. With a donk once it's flopped it's flopped to stay. No idea about horses.
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Did the vet do the bloodwork that indicated hypothyroidism?
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Did the vet do the bloodwork that indicated hypothyroidism?

She does not have hypothyroidism, but she is IR, and she needs to lose about 100 more pounds. We have controlled her diet and put her on Quiessence, but that hasn't made a budge in the last 100 lbs at all (including grazing muzzle, limited grazing and hay, soaking hay ... that last 100 does not want to go). He prescribed her on Thyro L for 6 months so she would actually lose her crest and croup fat. I am hoping that the crest will eventually shrink and go away (please!) and then the flopping over won't be a big deal. I have also been training her, very slowly, for endurance. The vet wants me to have her do more vigorous exercise. She does a 5 mile hack a few days a week, and she is working on trotting most of the way, and I will up the mileage when I feel she's comfortable and not getting at all winded. But somehow I don't think the exercise is making her crest floppy. I can only think it is the Thyro L because it flopped when she started it. I have noticed it is 'softer', and I can actually massage it, but it hasn't gotten smaller - it's just flopped.
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I know a miniature stud who had such a thick mane that his crest fell over. The owners ended up shaving off his mane, then they had it grow back on the other side. I don't know if that will help in your case or not, but I know they had luck.
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I know a miniature stud who had such a thick mane that his crest fell over. The owners ended up shaving off his mane, then they had it grow back on the other side. I don't know if that will help in your case or not, but I know they had luck.
I think I might try that after fly season if it doesn't 'right' itself with weight loss! Thanks!
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You're welcome. I hope it helps :)
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You feed thyro L you need to feed according to the instructions my 1350 horse was on 5 scoops a day......one scoop a day isn't even enough for maintenance.

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You feed thyro L you need to feed according to the instructions my 1350 horse was on 5 scoops a day......one scoop a day isn't even enough for maintenance.

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My vet prescribed the dose, but I thought it was a bit low (she's currently 750 lbs). I suppose I will call and ask him.

This pony has been nothing but trouble ... ponies!! Ack!
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Well if your pony is only 750 lbs that is almost half of what my horse weighed......so my guess is two scoops would be appropriate........but there is a dosing on the jar.......its based on the weight of your horse and whether you are doing theraputic or maintenance.

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