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post #1 of 17 Old 04-10-2012, 09:44 PM Thread Starter
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Red face Just a little reminder to check your horses...

This is just to serve as a little reminder to folks to really check their horses over occasionally. Today, Dobe was getting shoes put on because we have a long day of cattle work planned for Thursday. At one point, I was scratching him all over while the farrier was shaping a shoe and I found a small lump on his belly, directly where the bottom of the front cinch would go. It was a new thing so I took a closer look.

Come to find out, he had laid down and gotten a small sticker stuck in there and it had begun to abscess. Thankfully, it was only about the size of a pea when I found it, but if it had been left alone, no telling how large it could have grown...or if it would have been painful for him on Thursday.

But, now, all is well. I drained the abscess and cleaned it up and he should be good to go.
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post #2 of 17 Old 04-10-2012, 09:48 PM
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Yep - very good advice for all pets. I *try* to get my hands on each of our animals daily, if only for a few minutes, so I can know they are all okay and catch things when they are small problems rather than after they've progressed to disasters. Besides, it's a nice way to make sure each one is getting a little "them" time with specially attention just for them.
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post #3 of 17 Old 04-10-2012, 10:00 PM
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That is good advice. Check for tics to. It's that time....
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Every time I go see my babies, I give them a good inspection, head to hoof, nose to tail.
I run my hands all over them, overlapping my thumbs so I don't miss anything, feeling for hot spots, lumps, and any other abmormality I may come across.
Hooves are closely incpected and picked out, ensuring that no pebbles or cactus stickers are stuck in there.
Once in a while I need the pliers to pull out a pebble or sticker, but its rare.

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post #5 of 17 Old 04-11-2012, 08:22 AM
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wow, glad I don't have to worry about cactus stickers! I check my horses over pretty good too, I've already started finding ticks this year :/

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post #6 of 17 Old 04-11-2012, 08:35 AM
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Ticks are going to be nasty this year - guess they have to make up for lost time due to last year's drought - the mild winter didn't help any, either.

Going to take Nutmeg and Dancer to the vet in the next few days - vet is running his annual special this month, so the price is really good. (Checkup, standard Vacs and Coggins for $90 - I think a fecal is included, too, but if not I'll pay the extra for it). He's got some pour on stuff that is supposed to work really well on ticks, and I think my whole herd is going to need it!

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Ah, I'm paranoid about anything I find on my horses!

Its a good reminder though, thanks!
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I bought a horse who had some issues. As I was talking to the previous owner they had said his 10 yo kid used to ride the horse who was 17. Apparently he bucked her off after riding all day. Then they loaned him out and he crow hopped a little over about a 4 week span so the guy returned him. Come to find out he had a stick buried in him right in front of his sheath and no one caught it. I bought him cause any horse willing to deal with a kid all day wih a stick jammed into him during walk trot and lope was a dang good horse!
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Ticks are going to be nasty this year - guess they have to make up for lost time due to last year's drought - the mild winter didn't help any, either.

Going to take Nutmeg and Dancer to the vet in the next few days - vet is running his annual special this month, so the price is really good. (Checkup, standard Vacs and Coggins for $90 - I think a fecal is included, too, but if not I'll pay the extra for it). He's got some pour on stuff that is supposed to work really well on ticks, and I think my whole herd is going to need it!
It's only April here and we are already fighting brush fires... I think we are headed into a record drought season....

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Farmpony, I would not wish drought on anyone. I'm just glad ours is broken...at least for now. Hay prices this winter nearly killed us...so did vet expenses. Our area had an epidemic of dryland distemper - vet had never seen so many horses come down with it. (It even made the local news!) The only good thing about our drought was that there were no ticks on the horses...probably because we kept them up in the lot where they pretty much killed out the grass and there were very few trees.

I've already found several ticks on the dogs and a few on the horses. As soon as older daughter can bring her truck over to hook up to the trailer, ours are going to the vet.

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