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    WWYD - Lameness and PSD

    My mare has an injury to left hind (medial branch suspensory) and some inflam of left fore suspensory (likely linked). She’s been investigated for everything - no primary conformational cause other than I was told her feet could have contributed - she has typical TB feet (thin soles, underrun...
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    Riding issue #1 (as I’m quite sure more will surface 😂)

    I’ve dealt with this with my mare. The thing that really sorted it was an exercise where I got on and just sat there. Reins dropped (if possible!) and just don’t move after mounting. Once she relaxed I’d get off and put her away. Took a weekish but I think it made mounting very unexciting!
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    Absolutely gutted what a bad owner :(

    We don’t poo pick winter but they have a pretty big field that’s rested all summer. They don’t typically have higher counts in spring. I did realise I’d messed up their winter worming so had to re-worm for encysted redworm later than usual. Do you worm for encysted over winter? I’ve only...
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    Massage or Heat pad

    My mare hated hers though post selling it I’m now considering ulcers! She disliked everything about it!
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    We finally went barefoot

    Thank you - I’ll get some ordered. She’s not a fan of the pro hoof but she does eat it eventually! Thank you re the photos - I’ve read so many Rockley blogs and how you take them. My OH can now spot pre and post pics I’ve looked at so many!
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    We finally went barefoot

    Thank you for sorting my pics! Yes frog was trimmed before - i hadn't expected my farrier to do do this so it was done without me noticing. She has pretty nice healthy frogs, it wont happen again. I've treated for thrush and pick out carefully pre and post walks. Hoof stuff for general...
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    We finally went barefoot

    So Red's shoes came off (finally) on Tuesday! We got good news at our 6 week scan of her medial branch left hind so as planned we started our barefoot transition. She goes out at night (in a very small paddock due to injury), gateways have been pea gravelled and I've sorted her a little path...
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    Ranitidine for ulcers

    I can manage this with the horses at home. I’m up really early and can do a late night feed (she’s out in front of house overnight). OH can do the 3rd feed when he gets home from work. It’s a bit of hassle but I can achieve it. I’ve ordered enough for a 10 day trial.
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    Am I doing the right thing?

    Mine is currently going the same - out at night on a small paddock but this is due to injury. She’s pretty happy and the other two come in during the day with her too (to keep her company but also to keep their weight down - we have so much grass). She has a treat ball (she loves it) with low...
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    Ranitidine for ulcers

    Thanks - I guess the 300mg is to lower the tablet numbers. 150mg are much easier to get hold of online and 75mg you can off the shelf but you have to feed so many! Sucralfate is on the list too - thank you.
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    Ranitidine for ulcers

    Thanks - I’ve got dosage and stuff and with a system I can manage the 3 times a day. As you say though, buying it in sufficient quantities is an eBay international job so you’re sort of in the same place as with abler!
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    Ranitidine for ulcers

    I’m considering whether my horse has ulcers. Recently diagnosed with an injury to medial branch suspensory of left hind - I’d struggled to get her back to work after a field hooley a few months earlier. Pre and immediately post injury she was 100% to tack etc. A month or so into ridden rest...
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    Pictures Quick update on Rose

    She is lovely and sounda a nice sensible mare. Enjoy the spring and summer.
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    Barefoot - more questions

    We got good news from the scan - medial branch looks better so healing. So more of the same with green light to put her out in a small t/o paddock (which was a huge relief). My vet pretty clearvthe 12 week rehzn proposed by referral vet is optimistic - he was v happy that im looking at a 6...
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    Barefoot - more questions

    Worked out my yard is perfect for this - raised concrete length of stables, so all ready for the off. Everything crossed for good news at our 6 week scan tomorrow.
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    Barefoot - more questions

    She’s on pro hoof now and provided she will be allowed t/o, this will be limited for now whilst we continue to rehab the suspensory injury, so grass will be limited. If she’s allowed decent t/o I will keep in during the day, out at night. Fingers crossed we have a similarly successful outcome.
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    Barefoot - more questions

    Thanks - will do this as a precaution.
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    Barefoot - more questions

    Mare in rehab due to medial branch suspensory (left hind) injury and low grade psd in left fore. No primary (v full investigation - full body scan, numerous x rays) with feet considered a contributory factor. Plan was to take bfoot post 12 week rehab - vet and farrier have now agreed we can do...
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    Best track surface

    Im persuading my OH to adapt the hardcore track we put in to access our yard (circa 100 metres) into a t/o track - to improve feet, weight - I can’t keep them on it when I need to restrict grass , boggy winter fields etc - winter t/o. We need to improve the surface as its rough type 1 and my...
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    The best conformable surface

    Im persuading my OH to adapt the hardcore track we put into our yard (circa 100 metres) into a t/o track - for feet, weight, boggy winter fields etc. We need to improve the surface as its rough type 1 and my princess who i need to transition to barefoot, wont cope. What would you put on it for...
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    Difficulty Mounting

    When i had the beginning of issues with mine i spent some time just sorting the mounting. I broke my hip in a mounting related fall so standing still until im ready is very important to me (and my lack of confidence with this may well have caused the fidgeting)! Anyway we did a few things 1)...
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    Barefoot rehab questions

    Sorry - didnt respond to in hanf work points you raised. This is exactky why im pushing for shoes off as rehab is the same. If she can tolerate tarmac bare we just do it (we’ll be about 30 mins in hand x 2 by then so will need to be wary of aligining the rehab).
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    Barefoot rehab questions

    Referral vet wanted her in supportive shoes for initial rehab. I did question it - advice was initial period rehsb did better with suportivr shoes. My farrier and usual vet both supportive of going barefoot - farrier based this on me understanding she might need 6 months at least to see a real...
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    Barefoot rehab questions

    Thanks - i havent decided re paddock and/or track yet. Ive got a few options but paddock is unlikely to make up part of track. Where in thinking for padfock does have a hardcore gateway and hardcore arou d water trough so i could build that up with pea gravel (i will need to do something as...
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    Barefoot rehab questions

    So doing lots of reading to plan for shoe take off - driven but also complicated by an injury to medial branch suspensory of left hind and some mild thickening of suspensory in left fore. She has long toes, under run heels and broken back axis (left fore) - all problems more obvious on left...
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    Horse nasty when eating grass

    My mare was a little like this and generally had bad manners whden i bought her (many yesrs ago). She could be aggressive with me and with other horses in the field. I also had ridden grumpiness issues. Took a long time to get her consistently well behaved but shes now a very good companion -...
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    Everything is better with...

    Look at him - thats nor just keeping up with the big boys!!
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    RIP my beautiful girl

    So terribly sorry - must be such a shock. She looked lovely and was clearly much loved.
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    We are going barefoot!

    Were into our 4th week of injury rehab, which now incl 10 mins x 2 of in hand walking. Shes still shod and will stay in shoes until her scans show improvement at week 6 and 12. Gives me time to prep her with the right supplements and get more clued up. In the process of reading nik barker...
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    Two horses one problem

    I have 3 - one was added as a companion to avoid this issue with old mare (who I have since lost). The companion is the biggest pain and calls/frets when I take my riding mare out. I’m currently box resting my riding mare and as I ensure she’s always got company in, companion is habing to get...