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        01-21-2013, 06:34 PM
    Hey everyone..lots to catch up on!

    Critter, so sorry about your precious little dog. I am also sorry to hear your horse hurt herself. I am sure Stan can understand your frustration with the trailering!

    Stan, what a wonderful trek! (But a bit expensive...still, I would cough up the money to do it too!)

    Hunter, sorry to hear about Hunter's leg. When it rains, it pours doesn't it? Bynthe way, here is where you can buy him a blankets like Isabella's:

    Tough-1 Wild 600D Turnout Blanket 250g -


    The vet came out this morning. I have been so worried that I haven't been sleeping and I have been having nightmares. Last night was the worst.

    The suspected melanoma is on her "girly parts". I am about to get very graphic so if you do not want to read about mare anatomy, skip ahead.

    About two months ago, as I was washing her, I noticed that her vulva was not closing completely. There was a small open slit where I could see some pink. I thought she was coming into heat and didn't pay that much attention.
    About a month ago, I noticed that it still wasn't closed and I could see something that looked like a small scabby area on it. At first I thought it was dried poo and tried to scrub it off. It wouldn't budge and she was getting irritated, so I stopped.

    When it was still there a couple of weeks ago, I had one of the trainers look at it. Isabella was grazing and was very tolerant of being prodded back there. The trainer looked carefully and even spread her apart a bit and showed me some lumps under the opening of her vulva. She said they were not supposed to be there and we both came to the conclusion that is was a melanoma and the scabby part was connected.

    Isabella was so good today for the vet. He spent a lot of time down there and each time she started to move, I fed her a treat and she was more interested in the treats than what he was doing.

    I love my vet. He was so patient and tactful when explaining that the lumps under her opening are her clitoris. Who knew??? I had no idea she had one. LOL. He said it was enlarged and was keeping her vulva from closing completely. He is not sure why it is enlarged. But that, coupled with the fact that she lactates constantly, means she has some sort of hormonal imbalance.

    Most hormonal imbalances are caused by Cushings, but she has no symtoms of the disease so he wants to take the watch and wait approach. He said it is probably just an strange imbalance and we may never know the cause.
    As far as the scabby area that I thought was a melanoma, he said it is possible it is one, and if it is, he wouldn't do anything anyway since it is not causing any problems BUT he thinks that it is actually a irritated spot, caused by poo running over the exposed inner part of her vulva since it can't close all the way. So, I need to keep her extra clean and put vaseline on it as a protectant.

    OMG. No one warned me about this part of horse ownership. I was happy I have a mare so I wouldn't have to clean any sheaths!!!

    He said she was starting to develop a cataract in her left eye. It has been runny lately so he gave me some eye ointment.

    Everything else was fine. Her heart sounded great and she got all of her shots and a coggins test. And I am now $188 poorer.

    After that, I had to go and get new tires on my car so it would pass inspection. That cost $600.

    Today was a very expensive day....but I feel so much relief about Isabella that I am not even thinking about the money I spent today.
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        01-21-2013, 06:38 PM
    Corgi, who knew, indeed. I have mares and have learned something new today, so thank you for sharing! And I'm so glad for you that it wasn't melanoma. God works for us while we sleep (or in your case, have nightmares...LOL). It will be interesting to see what happens next, whether her hormones will settle down, or whatever. It might be helpful to track her cycles and whether the situation seems to be more inflamed during them, or before or after.
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        01-21-2013, 06:48 PM
    Originally Posted by Ladytrails    
    Corgi, who knew, indeed. I have mares and have learned something new today, so thank you for sharing! And I'm so glad for you that it wasn't melanoma. God works for us while we sleep (or in your case, have nightmares...LOL). It will be interesting to see what happens next, whether her hormones will settle down, or whatever. It might be helpful to track her cycles and whether the situation seems to be more inflamed during them, or before or after.
    I will definitely be keeping track of her cycles from now on. I am just happy that she isn't any moodier when she is hormonal! She is pretty much the same every day. Here is a picture of her today after the vet left, giving me the look that says "I told you to stop worrying about me". Love her so much!
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        01-21-2013, 11:00 PM
    Green Broke
    Originally Posted by Cacowgirl    
    Sorry to hear about Hunter's latest trouble. Hope that rearing problem is quickly remedeid also. Young horses can be very trying at times. Also horses w/lots of "character" - they are memorable, but sometimes difficult.

    Stan-does that ride fee include everything for the horse & rider or do you still have to bring your own food/water?
    The ride fee for 6 days is $1500 all included, Showers provided and they cart your camping gear from site to site **** good meals, generally some entertainment. If the body starts to fall apart massage is available but at extra cost. Its a **** good ride and I am now not going to get there.

    The extra is the cost for me to get to the trek Its now a 12 hundred mile round trip three days each way at 14 miles to the gallon and a gallon is around $6. Then I have motels for 4 nights and have to pay a cockie for the horses each night hence it will come out around $3000 for the 12 day trip
        01-21-2013, 11:07 PM
    Corgi Iam sorry you are going through this with your horse

    Stan that vacation looks like fun
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        01-21-2013, 11:11 PM
    Green Broke

    Bugs, just look at him, how can anyone ever think he would stand on ones foot
    The following is she who must be obeyed's foot and she blames Bugs She maintains when moving him to a new paddock he spooked and spun around standing on her foot and the result is a brused and swollen appendage
    I said to her she was lucky it was not Stella she weighs a good 400lbs more than Bugs

    I think my chance of attending the trek has gone out the window She did not see the funny side.

    Back to the corner. I some times wonder why I even try to venture out, must be my lust for punishment. I might need to get that seen to.
        01-21-2013, 11:17 PM
    Wow Stan that looks bad is anything broken
        01-21-2013, 11:18 PM
    Stan, so sorry - I've seen that color before on my own foot and it's not pleasant. You are not having very good luck planning your treks. Perhaps, like an alternative to a well-planned wedding, you could just keep your meds and essentials in a rucksack and throw it all together at the last minute? Sort of elope to the trek, hoping to outrun or outwit the bad luck genies who are stalking you and just make a run for it?
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        01-21-2013, 11:27 PM
    Green Broke
    Originally Posted by Country Woman    
    wow Stan that looks bad is anything broken
    Nah and she is a tough bird and can drive herself to the hospital if need be. I'm off to console Bugs, he feels bad, I can tell, he's of his food and all he wants is some one to scratch his neck.

    If need be I'll drive her, or I could put her on a bus, might even spring for a taxi, as buses are few and far between just like taxies. Truth be known we live to fare off the beaten track so I surpose Ill have to drive if it is required.

    We don't think any bones are broken.
        01-22-2013, 12:05 AM
    Ouch well wishes to Mrs Stan.

    Glad it turned out to not be all that serious Corgi.
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