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        05-03-2011, 02:13 PM
    Capades, I'm like you - I don't panic and my current vet says I have a gift for understatement. So, when/if I call, he listens! However, after a number of years with horses, have gotten pretty good at diagnosing the problem - until this last batch of horses, and I've been completely in the dark!

    I had a pony go lame several years ago, and the vet used at that time wanted us to put that poor baby in a trailer and haul her in. Um, no. Poor baby couldn't have jumped in the trailer to save her life. He finally came out...two days later. We had already called our farrier, who was pretty good at diagnosing lameness issues. Nothing broken, but our farrier and the vet got into a shouting match about wheter it was in injury to her shoulder, knee or hoof. Vet said founder, because she was a shetland. Farrier said no way, perfect hooves, no pain - gotta be in her knee or shoulder. Vet said couldn't be her knee, wasn't swollen. That left her shoulder. I didn't think it was her shoulder - there was no heat and no pain there. We had the pony on bute for a month. She eventually healed up and walked sound again, but we never did figure out exactly what was injured. We know she fell down the back side of the dam, but that's all we ever knew for sure.
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        05-03-2011, 02:18 PM
    Originally Posted by JustDressageIt    
    Why on Earth would one let a horse eat more when they're already choking? Hey, Bill, I see you're choking on your steak -how bout some taters to work it all down?
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    However if you are choking on a fish bone, then it is good emergency treatment to eat some bread, the bread will often just catch the fish bone and take it on down.

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        05-03-2011, 06:19 PM
    Good one Golden Horse. Speaking of choking, I would LOVE some more advice on how in the @$** to get the Bute and 8 antibiotics down this guys throat before I choke him. JK. He has managed to spit them all back on me... nothing like having honey and meds dried on your hair and down your shirt to start the day. I have tried carrot and apple bribes ( and then try to shove it in). I also filled the tube with honey (which I now know he hates more than medicine), I have held his head up, begged and pleaded but to very little avail. I am hoping that the vet doubled the dose in the hopes that I got 1/2 of it in him. HELP
        05-03-2011, 07:32 PM
    One of the easiest ways to give oral meds is to crush up the pills and mix them with some kind of treat (sweet feed with molasses would work great for that). I have never had any luck trying to just sneak the tablets in there or squirt the disolved solution into their mouth. I always ended up with more of it on me than in them.

    Personally, I would just get one small bag of sweet feed and only use it for giving the medicine. It wouldn't take a whole lot, maybe a couple or 3 cups to cover the medicine taste with each treatment.
        05-03-2011, 08:30 PM
    Green Broke
    Yikes, glad you got that fixed up! I, on the other hand, am fairly prone to panic when it comes to my animals and I probably would have arrived on the vet's doorstep at 3am, marched into his bedroom with my horse in tow and screamed FIX IT! I'm pretty good at doctoring most things, but the eye would have scared the CRAP out of me!

    Agreed with smrobs - anytime I need to give bute, I put it in sweet feed. MOST horses will eat it - I had a fat Arab gelding who'd hoover everything in site and would turn his nose up at sweet feed if he caught a whiff of bute. Who's brilliant idea was to make it in ORANGE flavor?

    I've also melted it into sloppy beet pulp mixed with sweet feed before and that ALWAYS tricks them!
        05-03-2011, 09:54 PM
    Smrobs and MacabreMikolaj- It worked, 2 cups of sweet feed, a little head bobbing when he thought he found it but very little dropped. Thank You both.
    Next, How the heck does one get close enough to put drops in the eye. I happened to just aim and shoot (basket) but I know that is not the solution and will be rare luck.
        05-03-2011, 09:55 PM
    PS- Thank God you all do not charge for advice. Money thinks I'm dead!
        05-03-2011, 10:42 PM
    When we had to do eye drops, what worked best for me was to do it with the halter on, lead rope snubbed up fairly close so that she couldn't throw her head up above my reach. I put my hand with the eye drops inside the cheekband of the halter, so that it kind of held my hand where I wanted it. I used the other hand to gently pull down the lower eyelid by pressing downward on the skin (that will be your tricky part, right, with the swelling and stitches). If the eye drops get into the channel/trough of the eyelid, the horse will blink and distribute them over the eye.

    Now, beware that if you get your hand caught in the halter and the horse gets carried away, you could break your arm and fingers... so make sure you can always get your hand free. And I gave treats afterward for standing still.
        05-04-2011, 07:46 AM
    I keep a bottle of molasses on hand just for giving meds. I have never tried honey so I do not know if it works, but I know molasses is a big hit.

    If I am just giving one pill I actually just feed it from my hand. Horse treat, horse treat, horse treat with bute, horse treat, horse treat (small treats obviously).

    Otherwise I do what Smrobs said, though I do not use sweet feed, I just add molasses to some soaked beet pulp and stir it all up.

    Meds in the eye can be very difficult. Obviously halter the horse and then back them into the corner of their stall and if you need get someone to be another set of hands.

    laceration, torn eyelid

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