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    03-19-2013, 09:30 PM
Just got in from the barn, checking on the old (almost) 34-year old gelding. He had his shots last Monday (8 days ago) and he's been off his feed since the weekend. He has no molars so he gets full rations of equine senior type feed. Yesterday had me worried because he didn't act hungry at all, and no poop that we could be sure of. We locked him in a stall so we could keep a perfect poop count instead of wondering whether it was his or his girlfriend's.... Hubby said he didn't eat his breakfast again today so he went out and bought another brand of feed at lunchtime. Hubby fed him a scoop and he seemed to have an appetite for that. Tonight, he practically knocked me over when he saw the bucket. He snarfed down a half-dinner -- I'm withholding full feed until we see poop. Last night he had very faint gut sounds but tonight we're rumbly tumbly.... pulse and temp are fine. Fingers crossed the old rascal leaves me a present overnight. (Stan, by 'old rascal' I mean the horse, not the hubby! ) So...have any of the others on here had weird experiences with near-colic or horses going off their feed after immunizations? He had 5-way and rabies...
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    03-20-2013, 07:16 AM
Green Broke
We haven't had our horses for very long Ladytrails, so I can't help you there. I hope everything comes out for the best.

The farrier is going out to the house this morning for 3 of the horses. Boo still isn't being very cooperative about giving up his feet, so we will wait til the trainer gets that corrected. She was out yesterday afternoon for Boo's first training session on trust and respect with her.

I leave home at 5am and get home around 5:45pm so I felt I didn't have proper knowledge or time to work that problem out of him.

We also have come to the realization that me nor my daughter have the time or knowledge to get Jems,12 yr old brood mare, trained for trails when she was never ridden. We are looking at finding her another family since we have gotten her healthy now from what she was when she got here a little over a month ago.
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    03-20-2013, 01:31 PM
Hey everyone...haven't posted in a couple of weeks but I have been reading and trying to keep up.

Ladytrails...hope your guy poops soon! Only horse owners can understand the importance of poop! When Scuffy was colicing last month, I became quite obsessed with it. :)

I was planning on riding after work today but just realized I brought a change of clothes but forgot my boots. I only have dress shoes or muck boots. Looks like if I want to ride, it will be bareback. Muck boots won't fit in the stirrups. I usually don't like to bareback it if it is muddy or if she hasn't been ridden much lately but I will see what she is like when I get there this afternoon.

I am trying to get in as much horsey time as possible. My Dad got some very bad health news 2 weeks ago and I am getting ready to spend some time at my parents house. They live 4 hours away. Dad found out he has an aortic aneurysm the size of a grapefruit in his abdomen. It is so large that if it bursts, he will die within minutes. There is a surgery they can do to fix it, but he is 78 years old and it is very risky. He is going through tests now in order to determine whether or not he is healthy enough for surgery. Hopefully, the surgery will be next week. I want to be down there during the surgery and the first few days that he is in ICU. Then I also need to go down there when he is released so I can help Mom the first few days he is at home. I can't take off the entire time from work so I have an aunt and uncle that can help when I am not there.

In the meanwhile, they told Dad to go on living as he had before...nothing he can do to prevent it bursting or make it burst. I can't imagine walking around with, what is essentially a time bomb, in my abdomen.

It's been a little stressful to say the least!
    03-20-2013, 01:33 PM
Good morning everyone so nice to see you again
    03-20-2013, 01:56 PM
Green Broke
Oh no Corgi, that's not good news. Hopefully he is healthy enough to have the surgery. Keeping you in my thoughts.
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    03-20-2013, 09:14 PM
Corgi I am sorry you are going through this
My prayers and best wishes go our to you and your family
Not what you needed and more dangerous because of his age
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    03-21-2013, 01:19 AM
Corgi so sorry about your father. This stuff is so scary and hard. Make sure to take care of yourself. Ride lots is my advice. Some how horses and riding seem to help the deep down stuff that affects us with family illness and lifes problems that always seem to crop up. Hope it all works out good for you corgi. Keep us posted. Lots of prayers and good thoughts headed you and your families way.
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    03-21-2013, 07:21 AM
Green Broke
Sorry to hear about your father's bad Health,Corgi.. Prayers sent for you and your father, as well as the doctor's wisdom and steady hands.
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    03-21-2013, 09:09 AM
Thanks everyone. He has one more test scheduled for tomorrow and then we wait for them to schedule the surgery. We all just want it scheduled and completed so he can concentrate on recovery...and not be so scared this thing is going to burst before he even gets on the operating table.

I had a wonderful ride on Isabella yesterday. We did the bareback thing since I forgot my boots. I wasn't going to ride because she was in a pissy mood. The wind was HOWLING and she was unusally spooky. Not a good thing when you are bareback. But then her "boyfriend's" owner decided to ride and once he was saddled up and being ridden, Isabella calmed down and seemed to want to join in on the fun. So I hopped on and after a few little hissy fits, she settled down nicely and we rode in the arena, side by side with her arabian boyfriend. It was very pleasant and so relaxing...and much needed. Here is a picture I took the other day of her boyfriend, protecting her from the gelding in the next field. Notice how Isabella stands by her man. (Actually, they were all just playing but I thought this was a really great action shot!)
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    03-21-2013, 09:12 AM
Here is a pic of my Mom and Dad with Isabella at Christmas. They love their horsey granddaughter and she seems kinda fond of them too!

And I have no idea whybthis pic is sideways....sorry.
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