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post #2441 of 3149 Old 11-02-2012, 10:44 PM
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Hopefully Snickers heals quickly,abscesses are no fun!

It's been a few weeks since I've really worked with Chica or Sequoya;I'm always so busy and gone alot this time of year,so the horses always end up getting a month or two off this time every year.They're still up at the neighbors,which has proven to be a huge blessing,as the pasture here at the farm where I winter them has alot of the fence torn down still, due to some big grain bins being moved from our property to the neighboring field.And of course,now the ground is frozen so I can't put posts back in,not sure what I'm going to do yet for when the mares come home..
Lena continues to do great with her halter breaking.She is certainly very people friendly;she whinnies whenever she sees or hears anyone in the yard,meets you at the gate,and follows you around like a little puppy. :)
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post #2442 of 3149 Old 11-03-2012, 12:08 AM
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Poor Snickers!

Lena sounds awesome, countryryder! I hope she's helping you keep your mind on positive stuff. Sounds like you've got good neighbours too - a rarity!

Mixed day with Brock. We did some awesome liberty work while waiting for the lady who was checking him out to arrive - he was doing perfect trot and canter circles around me, "whoa-ing" on a dime and backing up with just a gesture. I let him have some more grass then when the lady arrived took him off to the arena and saddled him. 2 minutes into the ride and he threw a massive buck out of the blue. I stuck it out as long as I could but he's well practiced and eventually ended up sending me flying over his head. Not injured thankfully but he wouldn't let me remount for a bit. Eventually I got back on and rode him in lots of small and large circles until he settled down, then she rode (kudos to her, many wouldn't be game after seeing that but she seems really nice and my kind of rider!). He was pretty fine then and for the rest of the time.

I'd actually forgotten to wear my helmet when I first mounted and it was only a raindrop landing on my head that reminded me - lucky it did because it was only a minute after that that I landed head first on some very hard ground!!
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post #2443 of 3149 Old 11-03-2012, 02:26 PM
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Visited Snickers today. Oh my... This is the first serious abscess he has in his life, and the first I treat personally. I've treated different other problems on other horses, and a minor abscess on Snickers, but this is a sorry sigh now - he has a HEAVY limp in his right front and seems confused and miserable on why has this happened. Spent today making him more comfortable, giving him a bucket of warm mash with homeopathic painkillers and soaking the abscessed hoof. Oh well...

He's walking just like this poor horse - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pP_0rEm37Ms

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post #2444 of 3149 Old 11-05-2012, 01:31 PM
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Had My First 2 Dressage lessons In a Year

Im happy to be riding again and I did learn one new thing but Im riding the oldest horse in the barn and she's really hard to put together when cantering. So far the instructor has had me canter her on what I consider very loose rein. The contact is there but the mare breaks into a trot without warning after I go around the ring only once. I can always feel when a horse is about to break but not with this one. Maybe Im just out of practice. The instructor said, "your going to need gloves with her" because she has a really hard mouth but I haven't needed gloves yet. Maybe Im not trying enough. When she starts to brace her jaw (she tries to lock onto the bit with her teeth) I tug on the inside rein so she won't brace. I lost my diagonal a couple times because the mare tripped or because I sat 3 beats instead of 2 while changing direction (she's super bouncy, I told the instructor I wanted to work on my seat so she put me on a bouncy horse. She really is very bouncy, she has allot of impulsion). One thing that irked me was when the instructor said, "your diagonals are the least of your problems right now". I hope not. I want to start jumping again soon. I was doing 2'0 courses and went up to 2'6. I know jumping has nothing to do with dressage but its only my second lesson, we weren't doing much dressage, just training level/introductory work. I hope she doesn't think I can't jump. I've been jumping cross rails all my life. I want to learn how to jump a course so I can be in a show.
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post #2445 of 3149 Old 11-05-2012, 03:38 PM
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Best of luck with Snickers! I too just recently had to deal with my first abscess with my horse Lilly a few months ago. She was limping (literally walking on 3 legs) so badly that the vet was worried she might have fractured her cannon, but X-rays revealed all bones intact. Since the abscess had already erupted, I just soaked her foot twice daily in warm water with epsom salts. I was also told by my vet to encourage her to use it - just light walking - to increase blood flow and clear up the infection faster. To help encourage her to use it, my vet told me to give her a low dose of bute, both to reduce inflammation and so it wasn't as painful for her to put weight on. After aboout a week, she wasn't progressing very fast, so I ended up having to also get antibiotics from the vet. She cleared up within a few days after that.

Hopefully Snickers gets better soon!
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post #2446 of 3149 Old 11-05-2012, 05:37 PM
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Thanks! He was even a bit worse yesterday, barely able to put the foot to the ground, but better today and we could even walk a small lap around the arena. It was very dark and there were problems with electricity, so I couldn't see if the abscess had erupted, but I still soaked his hoofs in warm saltwater and gave him painkillers (homeopathic). Also, the horses have moved from their summer pastures to the winter field, which involves eating from the feedbin which has a concrete flooring around it, so there is buildup in all of his legs and he needed walking to reduce soreness. I also now massage his legs. Others who have already spent some years at this facility, say that the first year is always the hardest when the horses come up to the concrete area, but after that the hooves get used to it and it becomes much better.

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post #2447 of 3149 Old 11-05-2012, 07:40 PM
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Well,after the nasty weather we've been having,the latest being a week and a half of snow,fog,and freezing rain (which caused all sorts of problems with power outages,damage,ect.),the sun is shining and it's actually warm outside,hooray! Most of the snow has already melted.Power came back on late last night,something else to cheer about. :)
Missy is now home! She was weaned yesterday and we brought her home lastnight. She's handling the weaning and new move quite well,and trailered like a pro. She's never been handled before,so the biggest thing right now is just getting her used to people. Lena is showing her bossy side and is a bit of a grouch towards Missy,but I'm sure with some time they'll become buddies.
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post #2448 of 3149 Old 11-06-2012, 05:06 AM
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The stocking up in Snickers' legs got really bad today, so my BO turned him out in a small paddock with sand footing and enough hay. I hope to manage to visit him tonight and help him with massaging and walking... Is there any other ways to help in case of fluid buildup? It is currently caused because of the concrete footing around the feeding area where the horses spend a lot of their time now, combined with the fresh trim and the darn abscess.

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post #2449 of 3149 Old 11-06-2012, 06:58 AM
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Liniment. I use asorbine, I think that's how it's spelled. But I know you can make your own too. I use it on lizzys joints after a really long hard ride.
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post #2450 of 3149 Old 11-06-2012, 07:14 AM
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Thanks, poppy! Will try to find something like that. It's tragic to observe him in this state, although I know it will pass - just hard to see him limping so heavily he's even unwilling to walk. :( Hopefully it gets better in the sand paddock. And he's still in good mood when he sees me and eats&drinks normally.

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