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  1. noblesteed

    What to do next? Old injury

    Thank you for your replies. Yes he had scar tissue left over inside his tendon sheath - at the time of his op the vet was 50-50 on whether he would make a recovery. This could have changed over the years I suppose. I am also slightly suspicious about his barefoot trim as his hoof angle is less...
  2. noblesteed

    What to do next? Old injury

    I have a 19 yo 15.2 Andalusian x gelding with a range of medical problems. He has had episodes of laminitis on and off over the past 5 years so is kept in starvation paddock or muzzled and monitored very carefully. He's Currently absolutely fine. He also has arthritis in both hocks which were...
  3. noblesteed

    Hoof Boots vs Shoes

    My 19 year old horse has just started wearing hoof boots after we found shoeing was making him lame - we suspect arthritis somewhere in his front feet. He's doing SO well in them and is back to his old show-off self. Hoof boots have decent grip but I wouldn't wear them for jumping on grass as...
  4. noblesteed

    Swollen tendon sheath - Annular ligament desmotomy query

    Great news! I posted before that my horse recovered well from the same op. The vet advised using fleece bandages when we initially started riding out. I swapped these for some stretch and flex training wraps. We don't need any support now, he's totally healed!
  5. noblesteed

    Gutted - time to retire?

    Just an update after the vet's visit. So vet did lameness workup and horse was resposive to hoof testers indicating foot pain in the solar region. Slight response to flexion test too. Stumbly on large stones and better on flat ground. Vet thinks horse is lame in both forefeet. He doesn't think...
  6. noblesteed

    Gutted - time to retire?

    He has to be in a field, he's got arthritis. Imagine how stiff he would get in a stable! He's happy in the field moving about, he had a trot and a bit of a canter today when I put him back in the starvation paddock. He wasn't happy but it's been too sunny for him to stay in the big field. He...
  7. noblesteed

    Annoyed and upset after tonight's ride :(

    My spookster used to be an utter nightmare and I was always on the deck, a few times hospital, until I sorted his management. I swapped hay for haylage. He lives out in summer and out all day in winter. His feed was cut right down. He's good on Mollichaff Calmer. I also found he'd get stressed...
  8. noblesteed

    Gutted - time to retire?

    Thanks guys. We're pretty sure he's EMS but only very slighty - he's andalusian which are prone to being very feed sensitive. I hadn't realised about the devils claw being cumulative so I will make sure he gets it every day. I had stopped feeding daily for autumn in preparation for the grass...
  9. noblesteed

    Gutted - time to retire?

    Just wanting people's poinions as I am finding this all very difficult and it's making me really sad :( I have had my 18 yo horse for nearly 10 years. He's now just a hack since being diagnosed with bone spavin 4 years ago. A symptom was being disunited in canter so we can't school any more...
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    To add to his long list of issues... My 18yo horse has started violently jerking his head when ridden. This only happens with low sunlight hitting his eyes - when he goes from light to shade etc. Also happened today when sunlight flashed off a car. Would this be described as head shaking...
  11. noblesteed

    Swollen tendon sheath - Annular ligament desmotomy query

    My horse had annular ligament desmotomy and scar tissue removed from tendon sheath 3 years ago. He came back to full soundness afterwards. Make sure you do all the walking out during the recovery, we had my boy stepping over raised poles after a week so the scar tissue aligned itself correctly...
  12. noblesteed

    Tips for managing horses and toddlers

    I trained mine to have their naps at bringing in time. I used to drive up with them falling asleep in the car, park the car outside the stable, muck out and get horse (field only 15m from stables) while they slept. Now they are mobile I have mini tools for them to sweep and do a little mucking...
  13. noblesteed

    Child riding lessons

    My littlest boy is just 4 and has been asking to ride. My own horse is too big and sadly we had to have the little yard pony put to sleep a few months ago. So I took him to a riding school for a 'taster' - a little plod out on the lead rein on a gorgeous little pony with the instructor. He...
  14. noblesteed

    Keeping horse alone?

    That's interesting thanks. There are sheep available but they aren't exactly horses. I could get a companion pony that my children could ride but it wouldn't be particularly safe for them to ride on a bridleway by open moorland. My horse can be a bit stressy so probably will be one that can't...
  15. noblesteed

    Keeping horse alone?

    Been offered a nice sheltered field for my gelding. He's arthritic, laminitic and I think approaching retirement :( The field is a sloping 1.5 acres of 'yorkshire fog' type moorland meadow grass so good for keeping lami at bay. He would live out in his muzzle by summer and unmuzzled in winter...
  16. noblesteed

    ** thoughts on Andalusian horses **

    I have an andalusian x connemara and he's a very nice mixture! He's sharp and needs his brain stimulated otherwise he's a handful, but he's very nice. He's brave and friendly and very beautiful. In his younger days he did dressage and could have gone a lot further than I was capable of, but he...
  17. noblesteed

    field sizes

    Ah a track system sounds a good idea, I like that. I know it depends on the mud. I think taping off across the muddiest bit might be the best plan. I will have to make sure the farmer puts the trough at the top of the field! There is also a hardcore track they could use if it gets really muddy...
  18. noblesteed

    field sizes

    Hi there Been offered a nice sheltered field with scrubby sheep grass in it if I want it. It's on a slope down to a stream and has a few small trees for shelter. Opposite is a hill which will protect it from the prevailing wind. To cut a long story short my horse is 18, has a range of medical...
  19. noblesteed

    Melanoma on manparts!!!!

    Oh gosh. Really worried now! Insurance have excluded melanoma and sarcoids because I had a vet out once to look at the ones under his tail. When he had his annular ligament op they took his full medical history and excluded anything even mentioned by a vet :(
  20. noblesteed

    Melanoma on manparts!!!!

    OMG that sounds horrific!!!! Will he really need something that serious? I was hoping they might be able to freeze it off like a mole. He's got lots of them so it's not just one isolated melanoma. Best hope it stops growing :( poor old guy!
  21. noblesteed

    Melanoma on manparts!!!!

    Oh my goodness! My 18 YO grey gelding has a few lumps under his tail and around his sheath but he has recently developed one right on the tip of his manhood! And it's growing! I am horrified about this, is it likely that a vet can do anything about one in such a sensitive place? It's not...
  22. noblesteed

    Cushings test - or something else?

    If you do get him tested don't go for the cheap test. Go for the more expensive one. I had mine tested using the regular blood test by the vet and got a negative result. He then said "but there's a better and far more accurate test that costs about £200 that we could try." I said if I had known...
  23. noblesteed

    Cleaning sheath?

    What's the best product for cleaning off the sticky black gunk that an ageing gelding produces? It's on his legs and it's like tar! He's got a few melanomas in there so I don't like to rummage about!
  24. noblesteed

    type 2 diabetes/EMS?

    Thanks guys. I will look for a supplement with plenty of magnesium in then, and get him some salt. He's very odd in that he can't have unmollassed sugar beet either, even a tiny bit gives him hot feet. He also cannot have haylage as it causes lami. In the depths of winter he can handle half...
  25. noblesteed

    type 2 diabetes/EMS?

    Yes negative cushings. He doesn't look at all cushings either, his fur is fine etc.
  26. noblesteed

    Advice for stiff pony

    My gelding has hock arthritis and I give him devils claw when his hocks are stiff. It's a natural painkiller but it definitely works for him. Better check if it's ok to compete on devils claw though!
  27. noblesteed

    type 2 diabetes/EMS?

    Hi all, My 18 yo connie x iberian has been laminitic for 5 years since a nasty bout while on loan. I am expert at checking pulses, watching for footiness etc nowadays. He's on restricted grazing with a muzzle. He had a mild lami bout very early this spring and cushings test came back negative...
  28. noblesteed

    Laminitis again along with other problems

    I do sympathise with you. My horse is also 18 and keeps getting mild lami on and off this year. It's been a balancing act with him for the past 5 years as he got lami quite badly while on loan when I had my son, but I now have it down to a fine art of muzzling, bringing in, starvation paddocks...
  29. noblesteed

    Low grade laminitis

    As a rule if my laminitc gets like that I bring him in immediately for a few days and treat him as lami til his pulses go down. He has just had a week in but is now sound again. SOmethings that help my laminitic - rosehip powder, milk thistle to remove toxins, magnesium oxide powder. Bute for...
  30. noblesteed

    could it be anything other than lami?

    He tested negative for cushings :( all the signs point to it though.