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    11-04-2008, 05:31 PM
Your welcome! I don't know if you have it available where you are, but would you consider hydrotherapy?

Not sure if it would be something to do with him, but it's a thought.

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    11-04-2008, 08:10 PM
Thanks Deb, I've seen books on that type of massage therapy, maybe I'll look for a video or clinic, its worth a shot for sure.

Thanks Pop, you're always optimistic

I know it sounds crazy but we did something like this with a cow, only it was just like a big bath tub to help her stand/float. It worked really well.

I haven't heard about hydrotherapy like this before, sounds really interesting. I'll see if there's anything like it around here, I'd at least like to see it being used.
    11-04-2008, 09:18 PM
Green Broke
I'm so sorry to hear about this I hope that you can't find something that will work out for your poor guy, I know its going to take some really hard decisions but the best ones will happen.
    11-05-2008, 09:36 PM
Thanks buckaroo, I love this forum, everyone knows exactly how I feel.

So, the previous owner called back and said that she would take him back, but we've decided to keep trying to get this under control. I just can't give up on him, if it doesn't work out I can at least say I tried.

We're getting a second vet out to take a blood test and then probably start him on almost daily exercise to build up his muscles. He'll most likely need selenium mineral and maybe other supplements depending on the blood results. I'm going to look into massage to make him more comfortable and maybe accupuncture.

We'll see how it goes. Thanks everyone, any other ideas are very very much appreciated.
    11-06-2008, 10:43 AM
OK WHAT is his diet NOW??
    12-04-2008, 04:36 PM
Sorry to pull up an old thread but I was away from here for a while...

All he gets to eat is grass and hay.
When we were riding him more heavily he was on a handful of forage first pellets, I believe, and 20g of selenium/vit E mineral per day.

I've been reading about PSSM, anyone have any experience with that?
    12-04-2008, 08:02 PM
Not directly but I can tell you from my trainer having some with it NO GRAINS at all higher fat and high nutrition seems to be the trick..
    12-05-2008, 07:38 AM
Thanks a lot Peggysue, I'm going to look into that diet suggestion.
    12-06-2008, 12:13 AM
Originally Posted by .A.j.    
Thanks everyone,

Thanks Kickshaw, yes we had him on a ton of selenium at one point, it helped but not enough to keep him going steadily; we're looking into a mineral combination design for horses that tie up.

As expected the previous owner doesn't want him, so I guess we are keeping him, I just would hate to see him turn in to a lawn ornament.

I'm doing as much research as I can about tying up and hypp, although its not in his pedigree my vet brought it up as a possibility.

If anyone has any advice it would be greatly appreciated,
I swear the "tell us if you ever sell him" thing with sellers is a way of making you think how wonderful a horse is to entice you into thinking the horse is so wonderful they want it back if you sell. Never seen it actually happen, ever.

I am so sorry you have to deal with something like that. I see it happen regularly and it's a shame. I hope you are able to find a good solution for you and him.
Good Luck :)
    12-06-2008, 07:56 AM
If the vet thinks HYPP is a possibility have him tested .... it is $25 and well worth the relief of when he comes back N/N

The tying up shouldn't be too hard to get a handle on if you can just get the diet right low sugar/starch higher fat

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