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        05-10-2013, 10:03 AM
      #8671
    Yearling
    Roadyy, the vet comes this afternoon. I would prefer giving suppliments rather than ejections or meds. Can you get the Vit. A through Valley Vet or something like it?

    Also, going to see a horse tonight. Is there anything I should DO to the horse as I evaluate him? There were a couple of tricks that I learned at the natural horsemanship clinic that I was planning on doing, like throwing therope up and over the body and legs. Touching him with the whip all over.....just to see how sensitive he is all over his body.....other thoughts or considerations?
         
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        05-10-2013, 10:38 AM
      #8672
    Green Broke
    I think the question more of "What not to do when checking out a horse prospect". Lol Much shorter list..haha

    Watch for being head shy when you reach at it's head(training hole, possible they were stern in wrong way)

    Make sure you are there when they catch them and tack them up.

    Watch their eyes and ears as they are being handled. Busy eyes and ears will give some indication of spook levels even if their body stays in place.

    Pinch down the spine to see any tender/soreness. Have them pick up all four feet then run your hand down the leg checking for heat before picking them up yourself.

    CHECK THE TEETH AND GUMS

    Walk around the horse and look over every square inch for anything that looks like old scars on the legs, hip, chest that may be healed outside, but still an issue inside.

    Shape and condition of the feet. Do a hoof sensitive test for any reactions to see if there are any tender spots.

    Watch for bad habits in the horse. I'm sure you have read enough threads on here to know how to recognize disrespectful manners that have been left undealt with.

    Take a one liter drink bottle with a handful of pebbles in it with you to shake around the horse.

    If it is said be a good ride then HAVE THEM RIDE IT FIRST before you ever attempt to get on it's back.

    Watch for the cues they give the horse for directions while riding. Look for heavy hands so you know whether or not you have some undoing to do to have a easy ride.

    That is just a few things I look at. I think there is a thread on here that goes over a lot more of what you should look for to find the right horse for you. Good luck
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        05-10-2013, 12:19 PM
      #8673
    Yearling
    Nicker, One thing you cannot go wrong on is to treat from "the inside out". To that end, a good coat supplement, probiotics, and omega 3 (which is also an anti-inflammatory, 'cooling down' the skin irritation) will be good steps to take while you wait on the vet. For Vitamin A supplementation, you will want to take a moment to add up what she is already getting in supplements, and not overdose with an over-generous squirt of the liquid Vitamin A. They are fat soluble and excesses can't be eliminated like water soluble vitamins. Having said that, if she's got skin & coat issues, she's probably deficient and a little extra A can make a big difference in just a few days. I've had 2 mares with spring nasties of one sort or another, which extra vitamin supplements from over-the-counter skin & coat supplements have helped. In fact, it even helps to protect the skin from overreacting to allergic bites from flying insects; before I started doing this, one mare would literally rub the skin off under her mane from the itchy bites.
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        05-10-2013, 12:40 PM
      #8674
    Yearling
    Sorry for the double post, just saw the other question. I use Brookside probiotics from valley vet, similar to Fastrack but easier to find. I'm using Grand Coat supplement now, as it has Omega 3's and zinc and copper, which are common deficiencies, with good results. Horse Journal, which does impartial reviews of various products for horses (kind of like a "Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval" or "Consumer's Reports" reviews) recommends this product as their Editor's Choice 2008 Command Coat and Hoof Brookside (Supplements - Skin Coat) . It doesn't say how much Vitamin A is in there, but you could put a small extra dose of liquid vitamin A on the feed to supplement. FYI - the liquid is an injectable but Roadyy is right, it's not generally actually injectjed with a needle as it leaves big lumps for horses. It works better for horses to dribble it onto their feed and let them take it orally.

    Great questions about what to look for. I agree with all of Roadyy's great suggestions. I would add that I would lead the horse around, tap its barrel to see if it moves away (laterally) from pressure there, and also walk toward its head and shoulder (e.g., do a right hand turn toward the horse) to see how well it moves away, with you, to stay out of your 'bubble'. I would do something like the pebbles in the bottle to see how the horse reacts to surprise, and then observe whether the horse 'settles itself' and how long it takes. I would also find something that it doesn't want to do, and use the natural horsemanship tools of approach and retreat to see how long it took for the horse to accept/perform the behavior. You could use that with the pebbles in the bottle -- shake it, horse is startled, calms down, and then try to do it closer to the horse's head to see if he accepts it. Use the approach and retreat to learn how the horse decides to trust you (or not) and accept the rattling bottle closer to his body.

    If the horse is thin, be aware that he may not behave the same way as if he were fitted out and conditioned. He may be very mellow compared to what he will be like when he's home with you and well-fed. They get new, energetic personalities when they're feeling good.
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        05-10-2013, 05:05 PM
      #8675
    Started
    Hey all
    No word On Vets tests that were sent to Texas A&M I am so worried about my baby. I just want her better.:(

    I bought a horse Trailer!!!
    It is pretty cool too It is A trophy Trailer.
    1999 CM 2 horse straight load.

    Pictures Are not wanting to upload. I will as soon as my internet is better.


    I think Bre and I are going to load up on Sunday and go for a mothers day Trail ride.
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        05-10-2013, 05:09 PM
      #8676
    Banned
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    Originally Posted by Critter sitter    
    Hey all
    No word On Vets tests that were sent to Texas A&M I am so worried about my baby. I just want her better.:(

    I bought a horse Trailer!!!
    It is pretty cool too It is A trophy Trailer.
    1999 CM 2 horse straight load.

    Pictures Are not wanting to upload. I will as soon as my internet is better.


    I think Bre and I are going to load up on Sunday and go for a mothers day Trail ride.
    Ahhhh.... I have a CM. We can compare notes later after you load photos.
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        05-10-2013, 05:13 PM
      #8677
    Started
    OK I snatched the ones from the listing so you could see it.

    The actually Cleaned it and put the divider back in it before I came to look at it. It is a GREAT find. I think it is worth 2 times what I paid.
    I am so excited to Load up and go on a trail ride :)
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        05-10-2013, 06:19 PM
      #8678
    Trained
    Gee, all the cool kids are getting new horse trailers and I'm not.
         
        05-10-2013, 06:54 PM
      #8679
    Trained
    Nice picture of the trailer Critter Sitter
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        05-10-2013, 08:41 PM
      #8680
    Green Broke
    Wow for some reason I haven't been getting emails for all the updates so I will have to go back and read up.

    Critter what a cute trailer, we have an oldie too. I will post a pic later.

    Koolio (I think) barn looks awesome!

    Have had an interesting few days. I had the flu for 2 days and was hoping to get a good nights sleep last night before work today. Not to be, my daughter called at one am that her apartment building was on fire. So we were up all night as she watched the flames go from apartment to apartment. Thought she had lost it all. The good news is that they got the fire out one unit away from hers. So they may have some water and smoke damage but didn't lose everything. What a night. Thank Goodness she is OK.

    Wanted to go ride tonight but too tired so tomorrow I will go enjoy a ride before the rain comes.
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