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post #21 of 31 Old 06-27-2013, 01:14 PM Thread Starter
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The farrier said that the diagnosis of "possible ringbone" was ridiculous and that he either has it or doesn't. LOL

I will have to have vet #1 specifically look at him re. that. She didn't mention anything about it during the exam she did. I plan on having her back out for a re-check and to give him rabies and strangles vax, since we didn't do those the first time.

He does seem to enjoy "working." I get a vibe from him when my kids ride him (pony rides really, I lead) and also when the farrier rode him.

The farrier said, "You just need a head-pull halter; you don't need a bit. This guy's put in his time."
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post #22 of 31 Old 06-27-2013, 01:33 PM
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Well, isn't that something on the ringbone Vet #2 has some issues, it seems

Great news, things continue to look up for this fella and for your intended purpose for him

Since you don't know this horse's history, hence its drug sensitivity, ask the vet to give the Rabies shot in the butt.

My 25+ fella has always been drug sensitive but he got worse once his metabolic issues exploded on him. He got his shot in the bum and still had a reaction; the vet stayed an extra thirty minutes to make sure he wouldn't go down.

He doesn't get any vaccines anymore, except rabies but my horses live on my property in "Deliverance Land" and don't go anywhere - lol

He had to have hooks filed on his teeth three weeks ago. The Happy Juice he needed wouldn't have phased two whiskers on a Mini. The vet did him first, then did the physicals on the other three so he could keep an eye on this horse as it seems he gets more drug sensitive as he gets older

Nowadays, there's an intra-nasal vaccine for strangles but I think I would still hesitate on giving strangles unless the vet really sees the need for it (if you've had a huge outbreak in your area).

As far as putting 1K into your horse - prices vary widely, just from area to area. My Chiro, (who is excellent and keeps two of my horses walking straight, including one with a fractured sacrum) would charge $125 to work on your horse and that includes a 45 mile road fee.

That being said, your horse would probably need at least two visits, a month apart, IF Vet #2 was anywhere near correct in his assessment

My vet would charge around $50 - $75 to do the teeth.

Even if the rates in your area are a lot higher, I still can't see $1,000 to get your guy feeling better

Here's to looking upward and onward and giving the grand Fella some the greatest last years that he no doubt deservesHugs to him

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post #23 of 31 Old 06-28-2013, 11:43 PM
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If you can afford the maintenance of an older horse and you like him, I would give him the best possible life.
If he's in pain and it's going to be either very expensive or un effective to make him comfortable I would put him down.

Having not seen him, I have no way to tell.

Hopefully your team of experts can give you subjective advise. My ultimate deciding factor is quality of life for the horse. If he's euthed, he's not in pain and you as the owner have to decide if that is the best option for him.
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I have a 26 year old mare. She requires a little extra feed and some hoof care, but she is perfectly happy and completely sound. Maybe this horse is ok.
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post #25 of 31 Old 06-29-2013, 11:52 AM
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:( sad story here
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post #26 of 31 Old 06-29-2013, 02:03 PM
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This really is a very sad story. I didn't realize it until I started typing that I have been shaking my head the whole time with tears in my eyes. I'm very sorry, llllypoo, for this difficult situation. I hope things turn out well for you, whatever you decide, and please keep us posted.
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post #27 of 31 Old 06-30-2013, 06:07 AM Thread Starter
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We're still working at it...not anywhere near ready to give up. I love him, the kids love him, he's apparently well-trained. He has a sweet disposition but also an "air" about him like he's wise beyond his years. Just working on his respect since he's very pushy with women--not at all with men!

I started adding water to the Equine Sr. and he likes the mash it make with soaked beet pulp, corn oil and that Manna Pro Vitality supplement. I have a couple more supplements on order and will pick up the hay cubes or pellets that I plan to add. I want to try Purina's Hydration Hay as well if I can find it somewhere near me!

I'm going bitless with him and am selling his saddle and replacing it with one that's very lightweight (mostly cordura) and as long as that fits well with the special padding...we'll be good.

We're up to 5-6 "laps" of walking (on lead) in the arena. We're getting in shape together!

He's so cute because due to his old injury, he cannot roll over when he rolls. He has to do one side, stand back up and then get down to do the other. He has been achieving more movement though and getting close to rolling over...I hope maybe with good food and conditioning he can get there!

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A little off the main topic but not all horses roll over. I had an 8 yr old TBred who wouldn't roll over either but his pattern was always the same. Down on the left first, grind in whatever dirt he could locate, pop up and without even completely standing, he sort of looked like a bow, he'd turn once in place and drop down to the right. Then he'd get up, take the silliest camped out stance you can imagine and shake it off. He managed to get dirt into places I just didn't think were possible including directly in between his ears......
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post #29 of 31 Old 06-30-2013, 03:14 PM
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A huge pat on the back to you, Lilypoo, for being willing to help a horse in need even if it didn't sound quite like he was going to fit your bill...or even live. I too helped take in a less than stellar looking, neglected horse (though she is a yearling, not a senior) and I can tell you its one of the most heartbreaking, exhausting, time consuming, but WORTH WHILE things you'll ever do. Seeing the light come back in my girl's eyes has made every night of fretting, every dollar spent on chiropractors, suppliments, vet care, and feed worth it. Being that your new boy is older and probably would have spent the rest of his days not feeling good at all and waiting to die, I know he's got to be VERY grateful to you for giving him another start, no matter how long or short it might be.

Contrary to common belief, unless a horse's joint problems are extremely severe (and in that case I promote euthanasia, as they have NO quality of life) exercise in moderation is the best thing you can do for an older arthritic horse. It is when people 'retire them' to small areas and don't allow them to self exercise that problems really start to arise. As he is, you can most likely find an injectable or oral medication to help keep his artheritis manageable, and a bit of extra food and dental work will go a long ways.

Good luck to you, your kids, and your new horse. Does he have a name yet?
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post #30 of 31 Old 06-30-2013, 11:55 PM
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I want to try Purina's Hydration Hay as well if I can find it somewhere near me!
I just wanted to add... that is like $24 (if I remember right) for 24lbs of hay.. a 50lb bag of cubes or pellets (for roughly $15) would be the way to go. That is waaay over priced if you ask me.
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