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        08-17-2012, 09:16 PM
      #5001
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    Originally Posted by sinnabun    
    I didn't know where to post this, but this is where I feel comfortable asking. I am over 40 ( mature ?? ) and just recently got into horses, which I love. I have a 27 y.o mare and 12 y.o mare. The older mare has health issues. The 2 have only been together 2 years, but are best buddies.
    My concern is, how does the younger mare behave when the older passes on? I will get another horse a soon as possible, but she will be alone in the pasture until I can find one. What can I expect and is there anything I can do to ease any anxiety issues? I don't like thinking about it, but it's something I need to educate myself on. Thank you for any information.
    Try this on, you like a large number of those that contribute to this thread started by our leader CW seem to have the idea a horse has feelings. A number of folks consider it as just a horse, but it does have feelings, and will bond only a few times in its life. It also takes a considerable time for it to bond to a human but at the same time it also wants to be the boss. A bit like having a teenager in the house always trying it on. I tend to treat all of my animals as part of the family (cats, dogs, horses, wives) all treated equally. It seems to bring out the best in them and encourages them to display their personalities for better or worse.

    So given that little bit of dribble my approach would be to throw a sheep or goat in with them, they will make friends, and I, would also be having more to do with the one that will be left behind. The horse will look to something or some one for company. After all they are a herd animal and generally not loners by choice. Be ready to deal with 1400 pounds of lost feelings because in my humble opinion the horse will morn the loss of its paddock mate and act accordingly for a while.
         
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        08-17-2012, 09:24 PM
      #5002
    Foal
    Your blog

    I just looked through your blog. Loved the photos and the little girl who "has a mountain horse and she is a mountain rider", that was absolutely precious.

    As to your questions at the end, yes, horses have a sense of humor, and yes I think they sometimes get us. I am a new horse owner and I'm positive I've heard them both sniggering at me under their breath....more than once. But, I'd rather have two goofy geldings with a sense of humor any day. :)
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        08-17-2012, 10:24 PM
      #5003
    Foal
    anxiety about a horse being put down, and buddy left

    My agony every year was weaning my babies from the mares. It is stressful on them and us. Horses that have lived together and bonded are going to feel a lot of stress too. (Been there). There is going to be a period of stress for the horse suddenly losing her buddy. Pay a lot of special attention to her. And maybe do little separations before the final one.
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        08-17-2012, 11:59 PM
      #5004
    Yearling
    Hi all!

    Day four of massage school. Got a great big hanovarian teddy bear assigned to me and put my skills to work in one big massage session. Tomorrow is my final test, Im pretty nervous! But so excited. Today I saw results from my work ,and that was really encouraging.

    Cacowgirl and jaydee- yep, can't wait to get my hands on kes and see if I can improve her current state. I have this nagging feeling that she's not off in her feet, but actually her shoulder, and now I know to how to assess that and try to help it!

    Maisie- congrats on your show! How did you do?

    CW- any rides or lessons scheduled?
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        08-18-2012, 02:30 AM
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    I've been out of town most of the week and only today retrieved Stella and Kate. Stella's skin is a mess. I took the tick collar off once I realised it was having an effect on her but the damage was done. I get the impression the active ingredient in the collar was so strong the skin has a burnt appearence to it. Now I have to deal with a horse that is feeling annoyed and itchy, also eating the new grass. High in sugars. Could make for an interesting ride.

    I will post some photos of the skin tomorrow any ideas how to deal with the problem is always welcome.

    I have been thinking along the lines as she has sensitive skin, perhaps a medicated shampoo designed for humans with sensitive skin may be the way to go. Any one tried any with success.

    Johnsons no more tears baby shampoo springs to mind don't want a 16 hand horse getting its own back because the shampoo was stinging her eyes now do I.
         
        08-18-2012, 09:51 AM
      #5006
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    skin allergy

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    Originally Posted by Stan    
    I've been out of town most of the week and only today retrieved Stella and Kate. Stella's skin is a mess. I took the tick collar off once I realised it was having an effect on her but the damage was done. I get the impression the active ingredient in the collar was so strong the skin has a burnt appearence to it. Now I have to deal with a horse that is feeling annoyed and itchy, also eating the new grass. High in sugars. Could make for an interesting ride.

    I will post some photos of the skin tomorrow any ideas how to deal with the problem is always welcome.

    I have been thinking along the lines as she has sensitive skin, perhaps a medicated shampoo designed for humans with sensitive skin may be the way to go. Any one tried any with success.

    Johnsons no more tears baby shampoo springs to mind don't want a 16 hand horse getting its own back because the shampoo was stinging her eyes now do I.
    Stan
    Wondered where you'd got too!!
    When I eventually decided to get what my father called a 'real job' (not horses) I spent quite a few years as the office manager in a Care Home for the elderly and I know that the District Nurses used to actually advise the staff there to wash 'gooey eyes' that many residents suffered with with diluted baby shampoo (not as eyedrops of course)
    In Stellas case as its most likely an allergic reaction removing any traces from the skin and coat would help - I guess it had an oily base - but I wonder if after that maybe trying something like cortizone cream or an antihistamine cream would help?
         
        08-18-2012, 11:02 AM
      #5007
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    Horses that need a friend

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by sinnabun    
    I didn't know where to post this, but this is where I feel comfortable asking. I am over 40 ( mature ?? ) and just recently got into horses, which I love. I have a 27 y.o mare and 12 y.o mare. The older mare has health issues. The 2 have only been together 2 years, but are best buddies.
    My concern is, how does the younger mare behave when the older passes on? I will get another horse a soon as possible, but she will be alone in the pasture until I can find one. What can I expect and is there anything I can do to ease any anxiety issues? I don't like thinking about it, but it's something I need to educate myself on. Thank you for any information.
    Our mini clyde is devoted to my retired mare, its a real worry for me that she's going to get herself in a state when she eventually goes to that great paddock in the sky - I will be in an even worse state
    When we bred horses I had a mare and gelding that were together all their life so when he was sold aged 4 I expected her to miss him, we put a 3 year old that we'd also bred in with her and there was no trouble at all but when the 3 year old was sold a few months later Daisy really did pine for her, stood in the corner of her paddock for a week and hardly ate anything even ignored her new friend but it was as if she woke up one day and it was all forgotten.
    If your younger horse is the type that craves company then I would have a new buddy in place before the old one goes - but make sure its the sort that doesn't mind being left on its own when you ride our
    Welcome to the over 40's club
         
        08-18-2012, 01:02 PM
      #5008
    Green Broke
    Wow Over 500 pages and going strong. Welcome to the newbies. This is great this group just keeps growing. On our way home. Never did get out for a trail ride but my pony is far and healthy from all the grass. Will post some Picts when home.
    Stan as always love your stories.
    CW any word. I will be at barn tomorrow. Gotta give dirty pony a bath. Drop by if you want.
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        08-18-2012, 02:16 PM
      #5009
    Super Moderator
    I really cannot believe the power of Neem Oil.

    Yesterday I was pleased with the way the wound was looking. You know how it is with these things, you kid yourself that it is looking better but at the back of your mind you are not sure if it is so or wishful thinking.

    Today when I washed it all I am certain that there is less of a gap between the skin edges, certainly there is nowhere near the oozing there was and the flap never lifted anywhere near as high.
    The swelling is still there but a lot less, Mush is being very good over it all. He lets me faff around and poke into places that should never be reachable to poke into.

    I have taken pictures almost daily and will put them up at a later date.

    The chicken auction was not good. Sold what little we took, came home with a Wellsummer rooster (free) and two Leghoorn Exchequer hens.
    As we thought, not many people there so it was a buyers market.
    I am going to see if I can get some Black Swan eggs - a pair of adult birds fetched nearly $900.
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        08-18-2012, 08:27 PM
      #5010
    Foal
    The neam oil application was pretty interesting! Have never tried it. Wonder if it would help the horse described above with the reaction to the tick collar?
         

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