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WELL... there could be ALOT more going on with my horse then I thought.. and now im terrified to really find out WHAT.

I called the vet about Chances Lameness and they told me to put her on stall rest, cold hose her leg once - twice a day for 15 mins then wrap it with DMSL???? idk if thats the name.

Then I decided to ask if theres certin things that would cause a horse to only become "dangerous" in the winter.. and she asked if I changed how much I ride or.. if I changed where I ride and both were no.. then she thought lyme.. but since it only happens in teh winter she didn't think it was that.. So then seh started spitting out huge names that could be going on with her insides or overies... SO she suggested she come out and look at her and said that she would really liek to do a full physical and blood work on her.. then if I agree a possible ultrasound.

She will be coming out tuesday to look at chance.. if shes still lame she will do a xray. But shes mostly coming out for the full physical and such.

I forgot to mention the excessive weight gain and not being able to really lose it.. but ill mention that when seh comes out.

Scared :-(
 

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*hugs* It's good the vet is coming out. Once you know what's going on you can fix it :) Text me after the vet appointment to let me know how things went *more hugs*
 

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I hope everything works well.
And be sure to use gloves when you put on the DMSO :)
Dont let it touch your skin.
 

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Thanks everyone :) Ill probably make an update post after the vet. SpiritHorse Ill probably text you all day that day. :p

Good to know about the DMSO. Ill be heading out there in a few and figure out whats going on today.
 

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good luck with the vet !

just wondering, what do you mean she gets 'dangerous' just in the winter ?
 

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The DMSO won't hurt you physically if you get it on your skin, I have even used it on my VERY sore thumb joint. However, the garlic taste that you will get as soon as you get it on your hands is enough to make a person gag.
Many old cowboys buy DMSO for their "horses" and then use it for themselves for the old aches and pains.
 

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The DMSO won't hurt you physically if you get it on your skin, I have even used it on my VERY sore thumb joint. However, the garlic taste that you will get as soon as you get it on your hands is enough to make a person gag.
Many old cowboys buy DMSO for their "horses" and then use it for themselves for the old aches and pains.
Done that!!
 

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DMSO is not a benign chemical and it is fairly controversial in it's use. When I use it in a laboratory, I have to use it in a chemical hood with goggles, gloves, and a lab coat on. I would NEVER put it on my own skin, but that being said it is effective as an anti inflammatory. However, it is a potent carrier agent, meaning that anything on your skin will be carried into your body via the DMSO (including viruses and bacteria). This is not my theory, it is in the MSDS that should be included in any packaging you get with it. So, point being, I'd wear gloves!!!

Next point, I think she is thinking granulosa theca cell tumor. I just submitted a research paper for publication on this, so if you have questions I can probably answer them! The good news is that it is the most common form of cancer in horses and it is almost always benign. They do usually require surgery but you can do this most of the time by standing laparotomy (through an incision on her flank). So, even if it is an ovarian tumor it is unlikely to be her demise! Good luck HAF, please let us know how she does!!
 

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Thanks everyone :)

Today the swelling in her leg and the heat was gone in her leg, but she is still limping a bit. *dies* I kept her in her stall for the night hoping that it might help.

My BO was saying how she doesnt need it and that the vet is just trying to get money out of me.. but the vet said herself that we will take it one step at a time and see waht should and shouldn't be done.. starting with bloodwork and a full physical. Which either way thats a good thing to have done. But I was frusterated with my BO because she didnt even bring her in when I asked her to.


What I ment by dangerous.. is that ONLY in the winter she gets bucky, bolty, and extremely spooky.. I mean even in the barn .. where shes been going in and out of for a year.. a closing of stall door made her jump forward and rear on cross ties.... like I said this ONLY happens in teh winter.. so its either something going on in the inside.. or still some baggage going on from her past.
 

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^^ My TB takes off around the pasture throwing bucking fits and making himself look like a fool in the winter. He also tends to be more sensitive to things like blowing wind or things that move in the distance. In the summer, he barely moves and acts like hes half dead.

It could just be the weather, honestly. Especially if you're in super frigid weather, horses feel exactly like people do on a cold day....its a nice relief from sweating!
 

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Yeah, my TB is a moron this time of year. Especially, god forbid, if it is raining. He's never really tried to have me off though.
 

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If my horse was disregarding it's training and putting me in danger JUST because of the weather, I would think about putting it down. That is dangerous and unpredictable. With consistent handling and discipline NO horse should have that violent a reaction to such a simple thing as the weather.
 

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it sounds like your horse is cold, maybe you should get a blanket for her
 

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She has a heavy weight blanket.

Thats not the first time Ive been told that she should be put down.. but it will never happen Im determined to work through all her little quirks.
 

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you could get a quarter sheet to ride her in to keep her warmer when her blanket is off
 

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If my horse was disregarding it's training and putting me in danger JUST because of the weather, I would think about putting it down. That is dangerous and unpredictable. With consistent handling and discipline NO horse should have that violent a reaction to such a simple thing as the weather.
Agreed. Any horse that tried to get me off just because it's windy and chilly(I can understand added spookiness) would be in a carton of Japanese ice cream. Even Thunder, the silly pony I've been working with, who has a buckin' & rearin' history, has a clear reason for it-- inexperienced hands with harsh bit or crap saddle.

I'd go with the vet to see if the horse has some sort of endocrine disorder. Exhaust any option you can to see if it can be fixed. If not, you'll need someone more experienced than yourself to help this horse.
 
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