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        05-16-2012, 11:59 PM
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    Green Broke
    ..I just need to talk I guess.

    Tonight's one of those nights that I've been thinking too much and kinda got myself into a slump.

    I've been thinking alot about my mare, Flopsy. I've only owned her 2 months and she has been coming along fantastically..

    (For those who don't know her story-I'll try to tell in a nutshell.
    She was givin to me for free she was an ex short stirrup pony who was in the trailer when a drunk driver hit it and she lost one of her eyes. Then her owners abandoned her at the barn where they didn't take very good care of her either. I got her as basicaly a neglect case who didn't have much handling in over a year-let alone any riding)

    Anyways, I've been thinking alot about her leg issue/s. She has a club hoof and is lame trotting in circles (like lunging) but not when just riding around the arena. I mean she's slightly off but not dead lame. Vet did a nerve block and it's coming from her hoof so vet suspected navicular or ringbone but didnt have her x-ray equipment with her at the time so that's basically what I was left off at. Oh, and if I ride her just bute her...and She told me to have the farrier put shoes and pads on her...

    Okay so farrier comes out and said that he honestly thinks that the shoes with pads is going to be a waste of $$ with little to no benefit and will only make her worse in the long run because she is already 11. And by adding pads on her it could very well possibly put more pressure on something else and make things worse. Ok so leave her barefoot and she's been doing fine. I mean she's off yeah, but there's no heat or any signs of tenderness in that leg/hoof. I can tell though that she seems more off when it's rainy. So I usually just bute her to make myself feel better-lol. She never seems to be in any pain or anything and is always willing to do whats asked of her. I mean obviously we aren't jumping or anything.

    I'm going to start taking lessons on her in a couple weeks and I well prepared the trainer beforehand about all of this and we are going to talk when I see her in person but I am a bit nervous that she may think she shouldn't be ridden--I don't know, I'm paranoid! Lol. In the two months I've had her we have Gone through alot and I feel like I'm starting to have a connection with her and I love riding her. She kinda brought the fun back into riding for me and I'm really hoping we can atleast do light riding.

    Sorry guys, this has been on my chest but I have no one to talk to that will understand. It's really a complex situation and I'm not sure if I am doing more bad then good at this point...
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        05-17-2012, 12:04 AM
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    Trained
    Get the opinions from the vet....This is not a horse you will be able to ride hard forever, but perhaps light every-now-and-then work?
         
        05-17-2012, 12:09 AM
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    I'd recommend that you talk to a member here

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    I personally believe him to be a first class farrier. He's probably going to want to see x rays though if you have them.
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        05-17-2012, 12:10 AM
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    Green Broke
    This horse has been through so much that literally our rides consist of either walking or trotting. The vet didn't leave me
    Off with much other then 'have your farrier put shoes and pads on her and if those don't work we can come back out and take X-rays'

    She's been ridden so hard in that past I know for sure she will never be able to be ridden like a normal horse can be. I usually just get on and walk around and trot some. Everyone said cantering would be fine I just haven't even cared to go there with her yet. I mean, it just kinda sucks. I'd love to show her in some little shows (nothing serious) but she's permanently off so I'm not sure how well that would go over.

    I guess I should wait to see what my new trainer thinks as well. I definitely know she is going to be a light riding pony, though.


    AlexS- thanks! I'll have to pm him. I don't have any X-rays though. Vet didn't have her equipment out with her at the time of the original visit. She just recommended the shoes and pads and if that doesn't work then X-rays. But if the pads and shoes didn't work that's just $$ out the window I could have just used for X-rays. I've left her barefoot for now though as per my farriers opinion (and he's a close family friend who has been doing this for many, many, many moons. Lol.) he is a very popular and well known farrier around here and the fact that he told me to save my money when he could have been making it, says alot to me
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        05-17-2012, 12:17 AM
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    Have you thought maybe to accept that it might be better for her not to be ridden, and that she would be at her happiest and most comfortable used as a pasture mate or babysitter? That sounds like the perfect life for a horse to me. :)
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        05-17-2012, 12:22 AM
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    Have you thought maybe to accept that it might be better for her not to be ridden, and that she would be at her happiest and most comfortable used as a pasture mate or babysitter? That sounds like the perfect life for a horse to me. :)
    I thought about it, and asked around. Vet even still said she could be ridden once we get to the bottom of this hoof issue.
    Because it isn't TERRIBLE but should be addressed. And if it ends up being that she will just have to be a pasture pet, then so be it. But, I would have to find a VERY good home for her as board for two 'pasture puffs' is a bit steep right now. I rescued her for the sole purpose of getting her out of the dump she was in. I had no real info on her other then what happend in her accident. If worst comes to worst and she is going to have to be a PP then I'll still be glad I rescued her because I'm sure her and her buddy wouldn't have lasted long in the state they were in.
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        05-17-2012, 12:47 AM
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    Perhaps just ride her as an exercise for you both? In the long term she won't be able to perform the advance training and go through all of it with you. You may then feel worse...
         
        05-17-2012, 12:02 PM
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    Green Broke
    Well I'm not getting a trainer for any specific reason other then to tidy up my w/t/c skills which she can do. The trainer is only coming out once a week too, but I will get her opinion on this..
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        05-17-2012, 11:23 PM
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    Foal
    Sounds like a great pony, she's lucky to have you after being through so much. I'd ask around and get more opinions from vets and farriers alike. Your vet should be a bit more serious about getting to the bottom of this. Your farrier should be able to watch your horse go and know what angles will work (and if pads/wedges are needed), while making you feel confident about why. Some believe a farrier shoeing wrong can bring upon navicular changes.

    If you're serious about the mare, you still have lots of options. Options may mean $$, but there are some. If you find the right vet and farrier (defiantly talk to your trainer too) they will be knowledgeable on these subjects.

    My youth horse came up navicular and was well managed not doing tight circles and on occasional bute.
    I bought my dream mare with clean X-rays, and found out a year later she was navicular. We were planning on showing a lot and had trouble keeping her sound so we only went to 3 shows all year. Was sick thinking we wouldnt get to go out and show. Finally got her to a regimen that "worked" (barely) and sent her to trainer. New shoeing and injections there on a regular basis, this mare went on to do very big things. We got a couple more years out of her (one year of heavy national showing and another of in-state), and very importantly got her off the bute (except at shows) and got her back to her happy pain free self. She is now out enjoying herself barefoot in the pasture having kiddos! It was very costly but for me well worth the money.

    Good luck :)
         
        05-17-2012, 11:46 PM
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    Originally Posted by Coffeejunkie    
    Sounds like a great pony, she's lucky to have you after being through so much. I'd ask around and get more opinions from vets and farriers alike. Your vet should be a bit more serious about getting to the bottom of this. Your farrier should be able to watch your horse go and know what angles will work (and if pads/wedges are needed), while making you feel confident about why. Some believe a farrier shoeing wrong can bring upon navicular changes.

    If you're serious about the mare, you still have lots of options. Options may mean $$, but there are some. If you find the right vet and farrier (defiantly talk to your trainer too) they will be knowledgeable on these subjects.

    My youth horse came up navicular and was well managed not doing tight circles and on occasional bute.
    I bought my dream mare with clean X-rays, and found out a year later she was navicular. We were planning on showing a lot and had trouble keeping her sound so we only went to 3 shows all year. Was sick thinking we wouldnt get to go out and show. Finally got her to a regimen that "worked" (barely) and sent her to trainer. New shoeing and injections there on a regular basis, this mare went on to do very big things. We got a couple more years out of her (one year of heavy national showing and another of in-state), and very importantly got her off the bute (except at shows) and got her back to her happy pain free self. She is now out enjoying herself barefoot in the pasture having kiddos! It was very costly but for me well worth the money.

    Good luck :)
    Thanks!

    I will definitely be keeping all this in mind. That's my worry too--the whole showing thing. I mean I would love to lighty show her and bring her out places but even with her being slightly off I don't even know how well that will go over in the show ring. I even cantered her today for the first time under saddle and she was fine. No heat or lameness. Just 'off' which I know she will permanently be.

    I will definitely be speaking with my new trainer about this when I start taking lessons so maybe she can give me some of her expertise and can help me go through this with some open eyes.

    I have also been looking into the possibility of cavallo hoof boots too maybe for her but again that's something I'll discuss with the trainer.

    It's just so mind boggling and hard. I mean she's only 11 and for going through so much in her young life I want to be the safe haven for her so she will not have to be forgotten about and tossed to the side anymore. She's a great little pony and her past life sickens me. So I would love to help her as much as I can..
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