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post #801 of 2156 Old 04-25-2013, 09:47 PM
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I'll try to take some pics tomorrow. He is somewhat better, but not 100% and I can't put weight on his back yet.

I doubt I'll keep him cause I don't think I am going to be able to ever ride him
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post #802 of 2156 Old 04-26-2013, 12:40 AM Thread Starter
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Anita Ann I hate that for you honey. I know how much you looked for the right horse

Girl, this yellow brace I have is not bad but it has two "bones" that slide down the back of it, laces on the sides and lots of velcro. It is making a spot sore on my back but nothing bad. It is healing well and I iced cakes yesterday and today. I have 2 cake buddies helping me to get my weddings out. Bless their hearts - they are wonderful.

I miss my horses terribly. I bought them so I could smell their horsey smell, run my fingers through their manes, kiss their velvety noses! I am not getting any lovin' from my boys and I am missing them. I want Honey Darling Precious to bring my boys home this week and they can graze in the backyard. That way I can enjoy them for a couple of hours.

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Well, decided to go for a family outing yesterday..Yep, got the 2 daughters, the young man from church and myself each with a horse in hand and walked them around the block. If I'd have to guess I'd say it was 1.5 mile total. No saddles or bridles, just us walking in front of them holding lead ropes. The wife followed part way with stroller and two babies til the skeeters started getting hungry.

I'll have pics of us, coming back in the gate, up later once the DW gets them from camera to computer to me in an email.




Anita, I'm really sorry to hear that and understand as I have one who was only healthy for about 6 weeks before finding a way to hurt himself and has been on stall time for a month now. This injury brought previous injuries to the surface that may prevent him from being ridden by anything bigger than a kid.

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post #804 of 2156 Old 04-26-2013, 08:02 AM
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Roady that is much the same thing that happened to Drambuie. We were making progress, but not as much as we should have. Then he went down in a hole when were were trotting, and didn't get better. The vet diagnosed a loose tendon on his back and kissing spine showing long-term changes.

In studying up on kissing spine, I found that one of the treatments is to clip the tendons. So, I really don't know if his was always loose or if it is a new thing. But healing is difficult in the pasture I rent cause it is on the side of a mountain and quite hilly with sparse grass.

Drambuie slips a lot and his back-end falls when the horses are tearing around or when he is trying to pick a fight with Chivas. I've seen Drambuie rear straight up pawing at Chivas, but when I put a saddle on him he nearly falls from the pressure and won't hardly walk.

I don't know if he just keeps re-injuring himself or if he was always like this. He needs a nice, lush level pasture, without other horses in it to fuss with, and someone to work him everyday in the Pessoa rig and maybe, just maybe, he would improve and get his back stronger.

Unfortunately, I don't have the funds or the time to find him that Nirvana.

Very frustrating.
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post #805 of 2156 Old 04-26-2013, 12:11 PM Thread Starter
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Anita Ann that must be so frustrating. If you decide to put him out to pasture I still have 2 horses of friends that would be great for dressage or endurance.

My friend is trying to sell her little Arabian mare. I personally think she is crazy. That little mare is the bomb. She was trained out the wazootie in lower level dressage, trail rides like a dream, cute as a button and does tricks. LOL I watched her trainer, Mike, teach her to bow in 10 minutes. OMG I wish he would work with Biscuit but he rarely comes out to the barn. Sababba was his baby and that little horse is amazing. He taught her to lay down and let someone mount from the ground. Sue can't get her into the trailer - I can get her in the trailer with no problems. Sue would haul her with the back stall thingie not clamped in place - still in open position with a chain and I think the ride wasn't pleasant. We would tell Sue SHUT THE BACK PARTITION!!! LOL Someone will get Sababba one day and go far. She is darling!
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post #806 of 2156 Old 04-26-2013, 05:59 PM
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Drambuie in his Pessoa-type rig (sorry not great pics)
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Here are a couple of pics of us coming back from the walk.
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Anita,
What is the purpose of the pessoa rig?

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The Pessoa helps work the horse's back muscles properly, building and strengthening the back. The vet prescribed the Pessoa for Drambuie because of the kissing spine.
Normally I am not a fan of of using anything besides a saddle, bridle and whip, but in this case I have to try as I can't ride im in a round frame. I honestly am not sure he can get much better though.
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I'm sorry that his back is hurt.

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post #810 of 2156 Old 04-27-2013, 12:43 PM
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The Pessoa helps work the horse's back muscles properly, building and strengthening the back. The vet prescribed the Pessoa for Drambuie because of the kissing spine.
Normally I am not a fan of of using anything besides a saddle, bridle and whip, but in this case I have to try as I can't ride im in a round frame. I honestly am not sure he can get much better though.
I'm not sure where in the SE you are located, but are there any hills to walk him up to give the same back exercise? I have nothing against the using that tool, just going on you sounding like you don't like using it. We have a few sand hills and some clay hills a few minutes drive up the road I want to take a couple of my horses to ride/walk up and down to really build up their back.


I guess another option would be having a large area set up with really deep sand to walk him through to make him work those muscles..I'm just spitting out ideas trying to help him and you. None of it comes from knowledge or research other than knowing how it works my back walking around in the sand here at work in a shipyard while toting a 30lb tool bag.

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