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    Stalking behaviour

    Yes, stalking probably the wrong word, but don’t understand the need to herd when there are no pressures. It’s a dominance thing and can be aggressive because the filly has small bite marks too. She doesn’t do it all the time so she does get an opportunity to drink.
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    Purchase horse 5 stage vetting ireland horse has sweet itch

    How much do you like the horse ? If the answer is ‘a lot’, there are no other problems and from the pictures, it looks as though the rubbing is minimal, this may be a one-off problem rather than full-blown chronic sweet itch. Important to establish this.
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    Stalking behaviour

    One of our TB broodmares (aged 11) is turned out with a 2 year old TB filly and is showing unpleasant signs of stalking her. She follows her round the field, appearing to round her up, prevents her from drinking from the trough and there are bites along her back. Haven’t come across this...
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    Itchy Skinned yearling

    Thanks. Have checked contents and it seems similar product to the Equidermis she is on at the moment. I guess thes
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    Itchy Skinned yearling

    Well she certainly has dandruff. My vet coming out anyway next week, so will ask her to take skin samples. She was wormed this evening. Thanks.
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    Itchy Skinned yearling

    Thanks. She has been on Feedmark’s Equidermis which contains micronised linseed, B vitamins and Biotin for 3 weeks now and always has a daily supplement along with her Yearling Mix. I will explore the pin worm possibility as she didn’t come to us until she was 6 months old.
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    Itchy Skinned yearling

    We have an 11 month old filly foal (TB) who has an itchy skin, especially tail area. This started during the winter months and although we could never find any, we washed her twice for lice (vet supplied)which has made no difference and she has been regularly wormed. I have noticed she is slow...
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    Broodmare behaviour

    She has always been a moody mare and although she has had 3 lovely foals and been an excellent mother, has always had this random kicking out trait. I had thought it indicates some sort of discomfort and on one occasion when she was doing it with a foal at foot, we put her on Feedmarks’s...
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    Broodmare behaviour

    Sorry, just realised my error. We put her on REGUMATE not Ritalin !!
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    Broodmare behaviour

    We have a 16 year old Thoroughbred broodmare who has always been a bit alpha female, but last year 4 trips to the stallion failed to get her in foal. When she came home she was irritable and started to kick holes in the stable and field shelter walls, as well as the occasional field companion...
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    Weanling behaviour

    Yes, already worked that one out and ‘auntie’ going back in with them tomorrow. As both fillies recovering from weaning, feed is good but sensible, with ad lib grazing during the day and hay at night in the stable.
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    Weanling behaviour

    thank you for replies. I don’t think it will be ulcers as she was weaned very carefully, staying in the same field/stable and ‘auntied’ by an older mare. She is definitely an alpha female, but normally good in the stable - goes and stands by her manger when I take in feed and didn’t...
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    Weanling behaviour

    she is only out with the other filly
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    Weanling behaviour

    We have a homebred 7 month old TB filly, who has been perfectly sweet and trouble free until now. She was weaned a month ago and although she was getting a bit big for her boots just before weaning, having the confidence of her mother to fall back on, she quickly fell back into her easy to...
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    Laminitis - positive comments please

    Very interesting to read about everyone’s experiences with laminitis, but I often ask why we see so much of it nowadays. When I was a teenager, some 50 years ago, we turned our ponies out into 20 acre fields and none of them ever got laminitis. I think there is a possible link with people...
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    Laminitis - positive comments please

    I know this is going to sound hard to believe, but my 21 year old mare went down with laminitis badly last year. I’ve had her since she was 2 years old and never had a problem before, but I know these things can happen. Somewhere in my trawling of web to find help, one of the laminitis sites...
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    Squealing and kicking behaviour

    Yes, the vet has looked at her and can’t find anything, but the trouble is it is so random, he has been unable to see her doing it. There is usually a bit of tail swishing and a little squeal when she takes her first mouthful of feed, but she is just as capable of doing it and punching a...
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    Squealing and kicking behaviour

    I have a broodmare who has always demonstrated random squealing and kicking with her hind legs. She has punched holes in the walls of field shelters and stables, kicked field companions for no apparent reason and can be a general liability. She is not a bad tempered mare and these ‘knee-jerk’...
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    Paralysed Face

    Oh I always query everything. I’m every vet and doctor’s nightmare, but experience has shown that Dr Google invariably pays off whether it be a horse of me. Vets and doctors have to base their diagnoses on clinically proven evidence. My little Welsh Cob who suddenly went down with a...
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    Paralysed Face

    I posted a message last summer about my mare who returned from stud with a partially paralysed face - no explanations given but as her normally kind and gentle manner had been replaced by aggression, I was in no doubt that she had been severely traumatised. Although my vet was telling me that if...
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    Mud Fever

    My experiences with Mud Fever is that it comes and goes depending on how wet is the winter. My vet prescribed Flamazine but the trouble is it tingles when you put it on and although you can apply it the first time, the horse reacts badly when you try to do so again. I mix up a bottle of Liquid...
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    Insurers exclusion

    I am in the process of insuring a competition horse and have submitted a valid full veterinary report, complete with x-rays. The insurance company are now saying they will not cover him for injury to his front legs apart from bleeding as in their opinion, there is ‘re-modelling on the navicular...
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    Allergy to midges

    Thank you for helpful advice. She has a fly rug with a flap that covers her belly, but we are still in February, so she needs a waterproof turnout at the moment. We had one warm day when the midges appeared and that was enough to set her off. Just bringing her in during the day and rubbing in...
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    Allergy to midges

    I have a 5 year old black mare, who is unable to cope with flies and midges. At this time of year, a little warm weather brings out the midges and she will disappear into her field shelter. She is rugged, but still manages to kick at her belly to the extent that she eventually breaks the belly...
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    Partial facial nerve paralysis

    Has anyone heard of the claim that levo-thyroxine combined with Vit E can aid the repair of facial nerve damage.
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    Partial face paralysis

    Three weeks on and no improvement. A bit of head shaking going on as whatever it is must be irritating, but still eating well. Tried the osteopath, acupuncture and homeopathic remedies which have not helped as yet, but interesting Northern says it will take a long time. What does worry me is...
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    type 2 diabetes/EMS?

    I've had experience of using Metformin on our Shetland. He was on it for 6 months and there was no improvement at all. I think it works for some better than others. However, I have recently heard of another failed Metformin user who tried Levo-Thyroxine for 12 weeks and that worked.
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    Partial face paralysis

    Thank you for all your views and it sounds as though it is going to take a long time to fix. I was told that the facial nerve damage is quite commonly caused by badly fitted headcollars. Apparently the nerves go down either side of the horse's face and emerge just below the jaw where the...
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    Partial face paralysis

    My mare has just returned from 5 weeks at a stud farm with a partially paralysed face - of course nobody there knows anything about it. Her tongue is askew, she has limited use of her lips for eating and the area under her jaw is inflamed. My vet has looked at it and said it is nerve damage...
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    Laminitis problems

    Thank you for tons of advice. He has been blood-tested and you are correct, the diagnosis was EMS, which I understand is a metabolic malfunction with high insulin level described as diabetes. He's only 12 years old so not Cushings and he's on deep shavings in his box but I still don't...
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