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        11-20-2012, 11:45 PM
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    If she had ulcer's wouldn't she be having weight issues? She is a really easy keeper weight wise. She keeps about the same weight. The only time she's ever lost weight was around right before we weaned her colt.


    I worked with a hefty Fjord mare who was a REALLY REALLY easy keeper, and she got ulcers- dull coat, crummy attitude... so they don't always lose weight! When I suspect ulcers in a horse, I put them on u-guard (a powdered supplement from smartpak) for a few weeks... when the problem WAS ulcers, that supplement turns them right around :) I can't afford $450 for scoping every time I suspect it since they aren't my horses, so $20 for a bucket that lasts a few months is a pretty good option at least to test my theory!
    Yeah I talked to the vet that what he said we could just give her the medicine and see if it helps her attitude if I wanted. But she isn't always pissy just when she isn't getting her way. And she isn't dull coated at all I'd actually say her coat is luminescent. It shines even of she is dirty.
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        11-20-2012, 11:47 PM
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    Yeah I talked to the vet that what he said we could just give her the medicine and see if it helps her attitude if I wanted. But she isn't always pissy just when she isn't getting her way. And she isn't dull coated at all I'd actually say her coat is luminescent. It shines even of she is dirty.
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    Darn well it was worth a shot! Don't you just wish we could get in their heads sometimes?!
         
        11-21-2012, 12:07 AM
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    Darn well it was worth a shot! Don't you just wish we could get in their heads sometimes?!
    Yes. That would be wonderful. Then I could say hey what's your deal lady lol.
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        11-21-2012, 11:06 AM
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    one more thought- have you heard of PSSM? Polysaccharide storage myopathy is a disorder where the horses muscles can't properly store sugar, which manifests itself in difficulty or hesitation to move, they can be in pain and have really hard muscles... a mare of mine had this. Took a special blood test from the vet to confirm, and once we found out we changed her diet and she was a new horse :) just an idea, might be worth googling to see if she has any of the symptoms
    I looked into EPPSM and I haven't seen her display those symptoms. I have never seen her excessively sweat or felt hard and stiff muscles on her. She has coliced one before on hay before but not severely I caught it immediately and we walked her out of it. It was something about that particular hay I forget what it was but it was too much I had to have my hay man bring me different hay just for her to eat. But now that I know the symptoms, next time I exercise her good I'll double check for symptoms.
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        11-21-2012, 09:01 PM
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    For those on this thread who have said they don't like to use whips but do smack the horse with the end of the reins, what's the difference?
    In my experience, not a lot. I just don't carry a whip. If I did ride with a whip, it would just be there and the horse would be expected to ride and behave as normal, and the whip would just happen to be in my hand.

    I also don't over and under my horse because I'm not a barrel racer or a real cowgirl. Typically I just whack them once and go on. A horse has to be really, really misbehaving for me to whack them. Kicking at feet, and making contact, is definitely need for a hit. I whack them and kick them forward and forget about it. No waving the reins around or any of that mess. Just whack and move on. I don't really feel that I need to reassure a horse after whacking them either if they were acting up. If I can, I'll get them on the side they are misbehaving or evading on, but I'm really dominant with my right hand, and it's my free hand, so sometimes that happens.

    A young horse that is just getting broke, I don't hit on them. Even if its a colt and he's confused and wanting to go backward, I don't whack them. I may take my rein ends and kind of wave it back and let it hit them on the rump, but I'm not going to go to town and whale on a baby. Sometimes they just need a little encouragement and since all of mine are longed and driven, they know what it means to have something flung at their butt. If I had better dexterity, I would be more inclined to use a whip with a colt, because it would be a lot easier to reach back and tap then wave my rein around. I'll be honest and say that I can't hold on to a whip and reins very well.

    Again, I don't really see a difference between a rein and a whip. I also don't really overthink riding and training on a horse. So, whatevs.
         

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