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post #1 of 3 Old 11-14-2012, 09:30 AM Thread Starter
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Trouble comes in three's

I've been in one of those periods when it seems like everything that can go wrong has gone wrong over the past several months with my poor girl-really reminds of that saying "trouble comes in three's." I suppose this is primarily just a vent because I know the folks here will understand what it feels like to be in this situation.

First, she developed a huge nodular sarcoid- after several hundred in vet bills, the nasty thing is still hanging on. At this point, since it doesn't bother her or interfere with tack, I think it's just going to stay.

Second, she has had a terrible problem with pinworms that seem drug resistant. We are finally on the Panacur Powerpac this week, and I'm hopeful (saw several dead worms this morning after just the first day). I've been really disappointed with my vet on this one, his office seemed totally unconcerned about the visible, live adult worms in her rectum, lost my fecal sample, lost the live worm sample, and then gave lots of conflicting advice on treatment- all of which ultimately delayed the right treatment by several weeks, leaving my poor girl with an embarrassing wormy belly.

Finally, she's had a sore back from a bad saddle fit about a year ago. After a visit from the chiro, I got a new adjustment yesterday, and the difference was almost immediate.

Now that these three big problems are finally (mostly) under control, I am hoping to get back to riding and enjoying her, rather than having her look at me scornfully every time I come to see her knowing I'm going to poke and prod at her sarcoid, stick her with a tube of dewormer, or hurt her shoulders with an ill-fitting saddle.

I think what's frustrating is that as a new horse owner, it's just so hard to know who to trust. With the saddle fit thing, I had a very reputable person work on it the first time, but the new fitter had a completely different opinion on what the right fit would be for her. With the deworming, it seemed that no one at the vet could give me a straight answer that was relevant to my specific horse, not just general advice.

I'm not complaining about all this- I totally understand this is what I signed up for by buying her- but it's a bit overwhelming for it all to come at once. I think it's also just really hard for me to admit how much there is to learn, and how little I know now. The thought of actively doing something that hurts her makes me sick to my stomach, but again, it's just so hard to know who to trust. I actually think Horse Forum has been the most consistent source of good information- there truly is great knowledge here, and I'm so grateful to be a part of this community. So- thanks to all of you for that!
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post #2 of 3 Old 11-14-2012, 09:39 AM
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Sucks, doesn't it? It's hard to be steered right when so much is just pure opinion!

The best thing you can do is educate yourself. You don't have to be at the level of a pro saddle fitter or vet, but educate yourself enough to be able to ask educated questions. Ask for explanations! If the vet isn't working for you, find a new vet (their negligence and lack of concern is sad. You're paying them to fix a problem not to just handle it on the back burner!).

I ride treeless and there's so much out there that tells me x is bad and y is good but no wait x is bad and so is y, etc. Above all else listen to your horse. Many horses will let you know if a saddle doesn't fit or if something else is wrong.
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post #3 of 3 Old 11-14-2012, 09:47 AM
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I sympathise. I think one of the hardest things when starting out as a new horse owner is not being able to distinguish the good experts from the bad and the ugly experts. Comfort yourself with this; you now know which vets and saddle fitters to avoid, you know what level of service to demand from a vets practise, and you have got yourself a good chiro and saddle fitter.

You are also well on the way to being a world weary horse owner

Get up, get going, seize the day. Enjoy the sunshine, the rain, cloudy days, snowstorms, and thunder. Getting on your horse is always worth the effort.
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