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post #31 of 33 Old 02-03-2015, 12:07 AM Thread Starter
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Unless swabs were taken and tested then no one knows if it were true fistular or not.
MO might be brucellosis free in cattle but I bet some deer still carry it.
missouri right?I live in MT , i guess you never know,but the vet would know but I trust he diagnosed it right.He would have said had it been something more.
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Dapple, there is plenty online about assessing saddle fit. Balance International have a lot of stuff on their site. Basic rules are that the fork/bars of the front of the saddle should be at least about 2" behind the back of the scapula when the horse is standing(allows for extension), that the gullet/channel is wide enough to clear the spine at least an inch either side of the spine. That weightbearing is even from front to back, and that the tree/weightbearing doesn't extend past the last rib onto the lumbar spine.
Ok thank you. I do get confused at whats supposed to go where, but I will really look into it!I want to make sure it isn't hurting her even though the vet said it wasn't the saddle
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post #32 of 33 Old 02-03-2015, 08:31 AM
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Not necessarily. Most vets these days have never seen it, and don't know what it looks like in horses, which is different in how it appears in cattle. No vet is infallible. They just have more education than most of us and make better guesses. And no one ever seems to remember that even the vet who came "that close" to flunking out and graduated at the bottom of his class is STILL allowed to practice. It always pays to do some of your own thinking.
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post #33 of 33 Old 02-03-2015, 06:55 PM Thread Starter
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Not necessarily. Most vets these days have never seen it, and don't know what it looks like in horses, which is different in how it appears in cattle. No vet is infallible. They just have more education than most of us and make better guesses. And no one ever seems to remember that even the vet who came "that close" to flunking out and graduated at the bottom of his class is STILL allowed to practice. It always pays to do some of your own thinking.
actually I trust his opinion.He is a cattle vet, so i really think he would have told us if he suspected brucellosis. He would know...besides she wasn't near cattle.We have none.He said it wasn't the saddle, and that i can believe but I will see what I can do, as she has had many saddles on her, all different, nary a problem. My neighbor has him down to do cows, and says theres not a better vet of the west.I agree.He truly seeks all options to help you and your horse, cares for any animal, remembers you and your horse/cow/dog/sheep/llama/etc. Our neighbor took his son's colt to this vet when he [the vet] was only in school. A vets assistant. This colt had some kind of colic, and they wanted to do surgery. The vet's assistant (the vet now) had an idea, he took him to his ranch and doctored him up somehow, and in a week or so, had him on his feet, i forget if they did surgery or not,[I don't think they did any surgery] but what he did worked, and I highly doubt he was close to failing. And his son also had a horse with fistulous withers, and that was caused by nothing,came up out of nowhere, it got really bad. And he got a thick wool saddle pad and cut a hole, and the horse ended up healing and the son could still ride his horse. I trust he knows what he is doing, he is a great vet, and one that has been around and seen lots of things.Next time I have him out, I will make sure to ask if he has ever treated a brucillosis cow. He didn't guess either, and I really am not sure if its fair for you to call the shots about him either, as you have never met him. I like how he handles my horses when he is here, and most vets just care about the money.Exactly it does pay to do your own thinking, which is why we got him out in the first place.
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