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        06-26-2013, 07:11 PM
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    Ugh. I didn't get to come out to the farm for Kenzie and Sour's appointments today because mom 'put her hand down' and refused to let me go. I got sick during leadership camp last Tuesday and have just been getting worse. It started as just a cold, then a sore throat and sinus clogging, then coughing. I started coughing really badly yesterday so she didn't let me go today and took me to the doctor instead. I have bronchitis...AGAIN. *sigh*. I swear my immune system hates me. If theres even a 1% chance of me getting sick somewhere, I will. So I've been home all day resting and shoving antibiotics down my throat in hopes that I'll feel better in the morning and be allowed to go back out and work. I'm currently a councelor/riding instructor for our day camps so I know they're going to really need me. We'll see.

    ANYWAYS, that being said, I didn't get to ask about the weird spot on Kenzie's side, and I didn't get to observe. One of my friends that I trust very much (she recommended this chiro to me and uses her for her imported warmblood dressage horse) went out and held the girls for the chiro though, so they did both get seen, so that's good. According to my friend Sour was a real pain about it at first, which is unfortunate, but Kenzie did great. Both of them did need adjusted and it was in the tuber sacral area, but Kenzie was also sore near her poll and stifles too. The chiro said she could feel some very tense muscles and possibly some scar tissue on her left hip, which is interesting. I wonder what caused the scar tissue. That's about all I know right now though. I'm supposed to call her tomorrow for a full update and for her to let me know whether or not she thinks either of them need another visit.

    My friend did send a few pictures of Kenzie back out in her pasture after her adjustment so I'll show those to you guys. I was hoping she'd take some during the procedure but I guess she was busy, especially with my little poop head of a pony xD she's not fond of vets, and I guess she got the same 'aura' from the chiro. Lol.

    Just as a disclaimer, the chestnut gelding in the photo isn't mine, he's the BO's son's and I don't have any control over what is done with him or where he is. He gets along ok with Kenzie so he gets dumped in there to graze when his owner isn't using him. I don't agree with tying the lead rop up around the neck rather than taking the time to undo it, but I can't prevent it. Hopefully it never comes undone or gets caught. These pictures show just how light Kenzie is getting though.

    Showing a little rib in this picture.

    She never cribs (that I see anyways) in the 'pasture' even when she isn't grazing, so I guess she's just majorly claustrophobic and cribs to cope or something? That gives me even more reason to want to avoid ever stalling her if at all possible though. I think she's go berserks.

    She's not QUITE as shiny as Bud, but pretty close ^_^ he's one of the few horses on the farm that is on a 'special' feed, and I think he eats Omleen 200 since he is a competition horse. Whatever it is, it works because he's one glossy, muscular horse! Funky cross though...he's an ASB x QH
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        06-26-2013, 08:10 PM
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    LOL, whoops.... meant to type 'put her FOOT down' not hand. Sorry about that.

    Also, I just got a notification that Kenzie's new halter has been shipped. Yay!
        06-26-2013, 11:53 PM
    Kenzie looks much better!!
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        06-27-2013, 07:18 PM
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    Good to hear! Question: are those lines on her rump what people refer to as poverty lines?

    I've been looking at cribbing collars and researching cribbing itself, but I'm kind of wondering if a collar is even going to help. Everyone at my barn that I asked told me their horses still cribbed with the collar, and research (which could easily be wrong) tells me that cribbing is often a sign of ulcers, deficiencies, acidic stomachs, or excess gas. Should I be looking into putting her on some sort of ulcer medication or something? If so, which one? She had ulcers as a 5 month old which caused her to crib, so I can definitely see that being the culprit this time. Why only when she's penned up in a small area though? She doesn't crib in the pasture, but cribs excessively in the run in, which is bad since she's having to spend 4-5 hours a day in there due to us needing to turn some other horses out in her paddock.

    Here are some more pictures of her today in the feeding pen that I took. Nothing special, but whatever xD she's been coming with me every day to 'help' water the rest of the horses lately which she seems to really enjoy, then coming into the feeding pen for breakfast before I turn her out for the day. The paddock has pretty much no grass left in it anymore, but she has hay so I guess its alright.

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    The color of her back is all kinds of funky for some reason. At least her spine is covered now?

    This is the hay quality. I don't think she likes it very much, and I can't really blame her but hay is getting expensive and hard to get again >.> she doesn't seem to be eating a whole lot of it, but its hard to tell since she's on an ad lib round bale with another horse.

    Do you guys see how...bumpy this side of her ribs looks? I can't figure it out :/ it doesn't seem to hurt at all, or feel all that bumpy when I run my hands down her side, but it bothers me.
        06-27-2013, 07:42 PM
    Sky had it too when he was getting back into weight.

    I don't really know what it is..
        06-28-2013, 06:07 PM
    I've been looking at cribbing collars and researching cribbing itself, but I'm kind of wondering if a collar is even going to help. Everyone at my barn that I asked told me their horses still cribbed with the collar, and research (which could easily be wrong) tells me that cribbing is often a sign of ulcers, deficiencies, acidic stomachs, or excess gas. Should I be looking into putting her on some sort of ulcer medication or something? If so, which one? [/QUOTE]

    Honestly, the best medication I've found for ulcers is straight up aloe (and it's cheap!). You can administer it in a variety of ways (using distilled water, etc.), but what has worked best for me is to get an aloe leaf, slice it open, use the flat end of a knife to scrape out the gel, and then mix it up in a bucket of soaked alfalfa (or you could mix it up with grain, whatever you want). When treating my OTTB, I gave it to him a few times a week.
        06-28-2013, 06:43 PM
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    I've actually used aloe and slippery elm before as an ulcer treatment for a Tb before, so that's a good idea Heymckate! I can't find any aloe right now though, and my own plant has been depleted thanks to my frequent sun burns xD any idea of where to get it, or do you think pure aloe juice would work well?
        06-28-2013, 09:06 PM
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    How do you know if a feed has a lot of carbohydrates if it isn't listed? I'm thinking maybe lowering the carb concentration in her feed might help if she does have ulcers. Maybe I could cut her Mare and Foal feed back to 2.5-3 lbs daily instead of 4 lbs and increase her alfalfa pellets or beet pulp more? She's up to 2 lbs BP right now, and 5 lbs alfalfa pellets.
        06-28-2013, 09:20 PM
    Can't help with your feeding questions, but just wanted to say she's looking so much better! Like a real horse again!
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        06-29-2013, 10:19 AM
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    That's such a good thing to hear. I feel like at this point in her rehabilitation I would be able to post her in the critique section and get the fairly typical answer of 'your yearling is ribby so you need to feed her more groceries' rather than 'O_O your horse is nearly dead. You have no business being around horses' which is the response I would have gotten even two months ago xD She still looks NOTHING like the now 20 month old that she is, but we're making progress. She looks older than 5 months anyways...maybe a young yearling?

    I don't know. If you guys didn't know Kenzie, her story, or her age, what age would you guess her to be? I ought to ask a few people at the farm who don't know her age, just out of curiousity :)

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