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post #31 of 37 Old 11-07-2011, 06:54 PM
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I have a question that i hope someone can help with. I had a twh that was 25 and she died saturday. i got her when i was 16 and broke her myself. she was the best natured horse and a smooth ride. this summer my 8 year old daughter learned to ride on her. it was great. she was so gentle with her. saturday my husband took her out for a short ride. she coughed once going up a hill and started bleeding out her nose. he stopped and she started picking grass. didnt seem to be getting any worse and she didnt appear to be in pain. he thought she must have hit her nose on a gate or something. anyway he went on a little further and about a mile she coughed again. blood started pouring out her nose and mouth this time. he stopped her and got a ride to the trailor. she loaded and rode home fine. got out of the trailor and went to the gate. just through the gate she collasped dead. bled to death i guess as much blood. any ideas where it came from and what caused it? please help.
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post #32 of 37 Old 11-07-2011, 08:09 PM
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I have a question that i hope someone can help with. I had a twh that was 25 and she died saturday. i got her when i was 16 and broke her myself. she was the best natured horse and a smooth ride. this summer my 8 year old daughter learned to ride on her. it was great. she was so gentle with her. saturday my husband took her out for a short ride. she coughed once going up a hill and started bleeding out her nose. he stopped and she started picking grass. didnt seem to be getting any worse and she didnt appear to be in pain. he thought she must have hit her nose on a gate or something. anyway he went on a little further and about a mile she coughed again. blood started pouring out her nose and mouth this time. he stopped her and got a ride to the trailor. she loaded and rode home fine. got out of the trailor and went to the gate. just through the gate she collasped dead. bled to death i guess as much blood. any ideas where it came from and what caused it? please help.
This would be better in the Health section, more ideas there.
Anyway, I'm sorry for your loss. It could have been a number of causes. Guttural pouch disease, a tumor that invaded a blood vessel, a burst artery, that kind of stuff. No way to tell for sure without a necropsy but be assured that she probably felt no pain.
Again, I'm so sorry.
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post #33 of 37 Old 11-07-2011, 09:05 PM
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My OTTB is 17 and we ride just about everyday and that includes conditioning, trails, jumping, etc.

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post #34 of 37 Old 11-07-2011, 10:44 PM
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You are doing it right with the trotting/walking transitions. If you use your watch and time each phase you will gradually be able to increase the trotting. Trotting up low hills will help build the hindquarters as well.
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post #35 of 37 Old 11-08-2011, 05:31 PM
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My showjumper is about 15 and he still does 3 foot. I once had a horse at my old barn i was jumping, he wasnt mine, and he was 26 and could still do 2ft 3!
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post #36 of 37 Old 11-11-2011, 12:58 AM
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I think it depends on the health of the horse. If they are healthy, they can still do a full workload at that age. My current riding horses are 17 and 18. I still ride them for 5 hour trail rides in the mountains. I figure when they are in their early 20's I will need to start cutting down the length of the rides, but hopefully by then I will also have a younger horse I can ride.
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post #37 of 37 Old 11-11-2011, 11:42 PM
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With proper care, you could get many more years out of her. The first thing I would tell you is to really take care of her joints and muscles. Always make sure you do plenty of stretching out prior to any strenuous tasks. This means:
10-15 minutes of walking, moving up into some bending and counter bending toward the end. Really make her flex and bend her neck. She needs to really warm up her muscles controlling her shoulders and hips.
5-10 minutes of simple jogging, doing some half halts and bending both directions.
Do your work out, but if it is going to be longer than I'd say a half hour take a break to let her walk out and relax those muscles. Old muscles can be stressed easily, you need to give her time to recover.
Once your work out is finished, let her walk out for a good 10-15 minutes so she doesn't get stiff.
A joint supplement would also be a good idea. Depending on how much she has been used, keeping those joints well oiled can really improve her performance. Good luck with her! Hope you get a lot of enjoyment with her.
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