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post #11 of 103 Old 03-18-2013, 07:45 PM Thread Starter
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You and me both! I don't get why they hang out down there either. There are hay bales scattered across 49 acres and they stay in the barn lot and walk through the mud. Not the prettiest horses all covered in mud! There is one hay bale there but it's on a huge concrete slab that used to be the barn. They stand on that, so they arent standing in mud eating the hay, but they have to walk through it to get to that one....I just don't get why they would want to stand at the muddiest one, when there are three more in the drier parts of the fields?

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post #12 of 103 Old 03-19-2013, 02:47 PM
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You're sure she's 15 and not 25? I base this question on the dip in her back. She looks like my gelding did at 28.
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post #13 of 103 Old 03-19-2013, 02:55 PM
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There is a very ggod looking horse waiting to come out!
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post #14 of 103 Old 03-19-2013, 08:14 PM Thread Starter
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You're sure she's 15 and not 25? I base this question on the dip in her back. She looks like my gelding did at 28.
No, not VERY. She could be. But I measured her back to check for swayback, but she was within normal range. I think it's just because she is so skinny, it looks worse. Is that what you mean?

The vets and farriers around here arent very precise when it comes to aging a horse... lol... I think she is around 15-20, myself, judging by teeth and rib spacing. But it doesnt matter how old she is. As long as she is good for the kids! :)
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post #15 of 103 Old 03-27-2013, 02:52 AM
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let us know how she is doing ! Find a tooth chart for comparison, at age twenty thier teeth from a side view look more > shaped age 15 and it is a rounder shape . And at age 20 groove will be down the entire tooth, after 20 the groove starts to disappear . Also the teeth get a triangular shape to them instead of a more oval or square shape when looking at the teeth with the mouth gaped open..
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post #16 of 103 Old 03-29-2013, 05:09 AM Thread Starter
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let us know how she is doing ! Find a tooth chart for comparison, at age twenty thier teeth from a side view look more > shaped age 15 and it is a rounder shape . And at age 20 groove will be down the entire tooth, after 20 the groove starts to disappear . Also the teeth get a triangular shape to them instead of a more oval or square shape when looking at the teeth with the mouth gaped open..
Maybe I'll take a picture of them tomorrow. :) I need to take an updated picture of her anyway! Thanks for wondering! She did have another abscess the other day, but I figure we're going to have problems like that until her feet are rehabilitated completely. She has a contracted frog, and flat footed.... Which is fine in the winter around here bc the ground stays soft, but it's starting to dry up now....

BUT she was only down for one day! And it popped rather quickly! So that's good! Can't wait until that is a thing of the past though!

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post #17 of 103 Old 04-11-2013, 01:15 AM Thread Starter
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You're sure she's 15 and not 25? I base this question on the dip in her back. She looks like my gelding did at 28.
This is her yesterday! Two months into her "rehab".... I did get to check her teeth and she is between 25 and 30, so we're saying about 27yrs old. Still can't beat a kid safe horse for $100 buck! (Altho my mother in law paid $100 herself, so $200 all together). She's old, but she's worth it. My niece has always wanted to ride but was always scared of the horse. Cricket has changed that! My niece is riding every weekend now! She is loosing her fear and gaining confidence bc of this horse! My son, who is two also asks to get on her, AND I let him sit there while I lead, bc she is just so calm!

AND the best part is that when she finally leaves this world, she will leave a family that loves her unconditionally, gave us a great gift of sharing our love of horses with the kids, AND she will die of OLD AGE NOT STARVATION!

We DO have a problem that has come up! I was brushing her, and trying to remove the last scabs of rain rot, but HUGE HUGE patches were coming out. It seemed like she was shedding her winter coat, until I put my fingers in to feel for a scab, then gave the hair a tug and came out with a HUGE handful of hair! She had two bald spots, I assumed where maybe bite marks, but the hair just kept coming out when I pulled! I finally looked really close to see why it was coming out when there was NO SCABS! OMG!!! She has lice!!! BLAH! I dosed them with all the mtg I had left. I don't think it'll help lice at all, but it's all I had that had a chance of working, and so I put it on,, mostly to make myslef feel like I was trying.... I'm sure it's the biting body type. But She may have them in her mane. IDK! I'm buying some shampoo tomorrow morning AND powder AND shaving her winter coat off (only bc everyone else is already shedding out)... I'm only going to shave to about summer coat length. But OMG she looks so bad! She had HUGE bald patched on her back! I'm scared it will be completely bald when I shampoo it tomorrow! I'm buying sunscreen for her too. Feel so bad that we didnt know about them! Maybe she just got them, idk... all the other horses seem clear. So I'm going to assume it's bc she's old and not in great health. But I'm powdering EVERYBODY anyway... Oh, this poor girl. I just want her 100% so she doesnt have to suffer anymore and enjoy her golden years!
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She's looking a lot better! To me she looks high-withered which just looks plain wonky with her being thin, but will look much better once she is filled out and muscled up.

Sorry to hear about the lice, but thankfully she is now with someone who will do something about it.
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post #19 of 103 Old 04-11-2013, 08:41 AM
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She looks great! Yes a child safe horse is worth their weight in gold.
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post #20 of 103 Old 04-12-2013, 01:26 AM Thread Starter
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Man that job was so gross! LOL! Got her partly shaved. After a while my clippers wouldnt clip anymore. I think it was just dirty. So we went ahead and bathed her. Tomorrow if it doesnt rain, I will finish the shave and clean it up. We wormed her and the vet said to worm her again in a week and then again in a week after that.

Only thing that suck and I forgot about was the winter hair was really long, so it made her look a little fatter and her ribs fill in a little more than they actually are. It just damped my spirits a little. So when we shaved the hair off she looks skinnier... Which sucks, but it makes me wonder how much worse she would have looked WITHOUT the winter coat when we first got her. Or maybe the sun made it look worse. IDK. She did great for her bath though, and even let me rise her head. (I did it with a bucket and cup. I didnt want to spray her face.). I'll post shaved pics after I finish it.

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