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    Bone Measurement

    Well, the average body weight of 15hh horses is about 500 kg (range 416 - 581). 20% of that would be 100 kg and 11 stone is 70 kg so going by the information floating around this thread you should be OK. Even if we assumed it the animal was lightweight for its size at about 400 kg, 20% of...
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    Bone Measurement

    Thank you. I'm curious about the statement "Bone structure was evaluated using the front leg cannon bones as representative of general structure". I wish they'd been more specific, in some respects it isn't true and in others it obviously is. It would be a nice project for an equine science...
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    Bone Measurement

    Quote: "How do you calculate or find out how much weight he can carry from the measurement of the bone ??" This is a really interesting question and the answer has to be "you can't reliably". The only sense in which a leg circumference measurement will indicate weight carrying capacity is that...
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    Weight Tape

    The best weight tape is Dodson and Horrell's (with a horse side and a pony side), all other weight tapes and girth formulas are subject to [unquantified] errors which at a conservative guess would be about 10% and playing-it-safe guess of 15%. There are two reasons why the Dodson and Horrell...
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    Hoof Abcess and Poultice Questions

    I shall leave your wild and over-active imagination to answer your own questions.
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    Hoof Abcess and Poultice Questions

    I couldn't tell you how many times we have rung the vet for advice (and yes, it is a renowned specialist equine practice), and been told to give bute. This assumes that we have a supply of the stuff, which is surely the responsible thing to do? It is no different from keeping Ibuprofen in a home...
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    Hoof Abcess and Poultice Questions

    Tia you are wrong about so many things I couldn't let you be wrong about the inevitability of me replying to your generous comments Someone who goes out of their way to read 1,000 posts is, to me anyway, showing stalker tendencies. Actually it's showing researcher tendencies. What you are...
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    Hoof Abcess and Poultice Questions

    Blimey, I didn't want to distract the thread any further by posting a reply to HH's post but since it's still going and I agree with some of HH's sentiments: 1. Yes I would agree my tone was inappropriately hasrsh because I misread what AmyMay had said. Since I strongly believe in reading...
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    Hoof Abcess and Poultice Questions

    Actually Puddicat, have never told her to use bute - and have only imparted information on how we deal with abcesses. Yes I agree. The general concerns I expressed are based your past 1000 posts. I acknowledge the terms used in welfare investigatons are a bit immotive, I guess it is the same...
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    Hoof Abcess and Poultice Questions

    AmyMay was OFFERING advice, not FORCING me to take it!!! And she didnt tell me to give her bute - she actually said not to! Yes I agree I read that post of AmyMay's incorrectly. The fact remains that you should not give prescription medicines without the direction of a vet and your original...
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    Hoof Abcess and Poultice Questions

    The answer to your question is CALL YOUR VET. It is highly irresponsible of you to use bute without direction of the vet and it also totally irresponsible and wrong of AmyMay to advise you to. It is clear from the thread that you don't know know what the condition is and neither does anybody...
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    Pevadine/Betadine...?

    Have you asked your vet ?
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    okay i mean MSM? does it work?

    which research ? Where was it published and by whom ?
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    Nerve blocks ?

    Nerve blocking is a diagnostic procedure in which the nerves that communicate pain to the CNS are temporarily disabled by injecting a local anaesthetic around the nerves. Different areas of the leg are supplied by different nerve branches so if the nerve branch reporting pain from the affected...
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    Pony Club Cock Ups!

    Unfortunately most of my Pony Club stories are unrepeatable on a forum but here is a story-derived bit of advice. If you're doing a fancy dress drill ride competition and you decide to dress as a Christmas tree, it is useful to know that the horses that cross you at X during the canter across...
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    Saddle testing - Scientific pressure pad analysis.

    The electronic pressure pads are difficult to use and considerable scientific expertise would be required to draw any reasonable conclusions about saddle fit from the data they produce. They also cost about £12k. So in practice the best way to know if a saddle fits well is to ask an experienced...
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    Lateral Digital extensor tendon- hind limb

    Sorry, yes I remember we never finished that interesting conversation on magnetism and the ball was in my court to do some research I think! I will get around to it eventually . Ahhh of course, having done human physio presumably you will have used the terms anterior and posterior rather than...
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    Shoulder muscle injury- how long to recover?

    What puddicat says is the case, although the conclusions you draw from it are obviously wrong as I clearly outlined the conditions under which limited, biased anecdotal evidence can be useful. It's interesting isn't it that although the information I've given you is the most valuable in terms...
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    tendon injusry question?

    No I think you're right, it's not a particularly sensible way for them to proceed, and they were lucky. The problem is not knowing for definite what was wrong with the horse in the first place. From their perspective, if they don't know much I suppose the if the horse went sound it must be OK...
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    tendon injusry question?

    Well the evidence is that tendons get better at a rate and by an amount that is not affected much by all the nonsense things that people do to them. Cold hose for a bit then do very light exercise for several months, prefereably chuck it in a field. I guess if you are particularly gullible or...
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    Shoulder muscle injury- how long to recover?

    I appreciate that no two injuries are directly comparable, but it doesn't hurt to ask! Well yes it does if at the least you aren't going to learn anything useful and at worst you get misleading information. For many conditions the nature of the injury can be described precisely and the...
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    Does a horse really *need* to 'do' anything?

    What a fascinating question. Do you mean physiologically or psychologically do they need to do anything? Either way we would have to define what we mean by 'need' which is quite fun. How about if we said the definition of 'need' is something that, if absent, causes a reduction in life...
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    Lateral Digital extensor tendon- hind limb

    A few things to chat to your vet about... I'm assuming the enlargement is on the metatarsus (shannon) as you don't say which bone or what level on the bone. I know what you mean when you say anterior lateral but FYI in quadrupeds below the hock it is termed 'dorso-lateral'. The lateral...
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    Shoulder muscle injury- how long to recover?

    Can anyone give me an idea of how much longer these things take to heal. Nope not really because you haven't got a definite diagnosis and and the recovery time would vary a lot depending on the amount of damage and which of the many shoulder muscles was damaged. Your vet is the person who can...
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    Serious Liver Damage - How to Treat?!

    If anybody answered your question literally they would be breaking the law. It is at the very least unwise to ask such questions on an open forum because they can only be answered authoritatively by a qualified vet who is in posession of the full case history. The best advice you could receive...
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    weighted boots

    weight varies but usually about 1kg sometimes more. Since a foot weight about 1 kg you're effectively adding the weight of an extra foot! if she's got good muscular development and and works well during schooling maybe she just needs more experience in the ring so it becomes less scary ?
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    weighted boots

    If put on the forelegs there is a good reason to believe they could increase the likelihood of injury. On the hind legs, there is no obvious direct potentially injurous effect but it is also not clear that they would do anything useful. One of the adaptation for efficient movement that you...
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    mechanical unsoundness

    I think it is an unfortunate term becuase it is easily abused and misinterpreted. 'Soundess' in general (as opposed to specifically with regard to horses) has always been interpreted to mean 'able to serve purpose' and 'free from weakness'. I think the problem arises when the term is slapped...
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    Thursday zebra trivia quiz

    The answer is that there is evidence of zebra striping having all of those effects but as far as I know it is not known which is most effective in practice at preventing predation. I was talking to a bloke who is an expert in animal camouflage, it was fascinating. I suppose I'd always...
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    Thursday zebra trivia quiz

    the answer is....... (believe it or not)
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