12-27-2012, 11:25 PM
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I have playing with her for a few days, and am really happy with her. The weather here has been very, very cold - my rule is when it is under 30 degrees no working the horses, so our interactions have been limited to grooming sessions and just hanging out in the pasture with the horses...
She is really friendly - she comes up to me in the pasture, and comes in when called now - I put the horses in the barn at night, and they know that when we call it means dinner is served, so Whiskey comes running - she comes in the barn first, I put her in her stall. Then Daisy comes in, and then George. It is funny how fast they get used to the routine.
I had to clip her bot eggs off - there were hundreds all over her fronts, her chest, her butt... she jumped a bit at the clippers, but then stood no problem.
I was worried that she had tripped a few times in the week, and when the farrier came out today, I found out that she was both long and very high on her heels... She was a saint for him, and good thing too as he had to take so much off ... farrier was worried he would make her sore, so he said it will take two trims to get her right. He said she'll be really nice next time around, and as of now, no more tripping :)
Still no word on her hypp status, I am leaning towards her being HYPP positive, I haven't seen anything to make me think it, just the trembling in the trailer, but I still do. If her results come back negative I will be very surprised (and incredibly relieved) - I have to be patient and just wait it out- hoping results come soon though ....
I have mentally resigned myself to her being positive, and already changed her diet to a low potassium diet - I had good luck with my old hypp n/h gelding, so put her on the same program and until I hear otherwise that is what she'll stay on. As soon as I get her results I'll have the vet out for a once over, and get her some acetazolamide (for emergencies). Then I'll give her old owner a call and inform her of the status, if Daisy is positive she should know her mare is... it isn't that I will have a hypp horse, it's that she is selling these foals without testing and disclosure that irritates me. As Impressive slips farther and farther back into pedigrees, this will happen to more owners -
APHA needs to address the issue much as AQHA has, by putting a notice on the papers so the seller can't hide the fact that HYPP is a possibility. For me, I feel confident I can handle her needs, but many aren't educated, and these horses must have a specialized diet and care - so until we can get rid of this defect, they need to ensure owners are aware of it... (ok - rant over).
Overall, though, I am excited about our chances in the ring. She is a real pretty headed, quiet mare and I am looking forward to working her -I think we are going to do well. I'll post as soon as I get her results...