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  1. flying_high

    Rehabbing and fitness

    I think it depends, if you increase core strength and flexibility, the horse can protect it's peripheral limbs better. Think the just ridden walking on firm surface rehabs have typically been superceded as the best way to rehab. I believe walking groundwork rehab and poles from walk can be...
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    That's whatI call service!

    I can better that! Once I was lunging my horse before work, about 7.30am Friday morning. He threw a shoe on the lunge, and then looked very smug about his planned weekend off! I texted farrier from the school. As luck would have it, we were on the way to his first morning job, and he called in...
  3. flying_high

    Rehabbing and fitness

    I think I'd maybe get some professional advice re ground work / core work / poles / body wrap etc. Good bodywork treatment. Look at getting her core and support muscles working as well as possible. Can do this in walk as well as the hacking you are doing.
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    Welsh D's - do they all dish?!

    Returning to the OP and the horse for sale - For me the fact that it is not symmetrical, the dishing is different in each front leg, and more marked in one leg than the other, would concern me more, than the fact the horse dished. Different movement in one front leg to the other, IMO is a...
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    Another saddle q... sorry!!

    How about a two step process. Day 1 take horse to saddlers where hopefully they have a warehouse of second hand saddles to try on him. Try on lots of saddles. Eliminate to best 5-10 saddles, that look to fit and be right size and style for you. Day 2 saddler brings these to you to ride in and...
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    Another saddle q... sorry!!

    I assume they have a warehouse of hundreds of used saddles on site for you to try?
  7. flying_high

    Hay net/bag for travelling to reduce wastage

    I can’t see anywhere to put in discount code :-(
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    Tell we what you see , besides a lame pony

    Sorry think I abbreviated badly. I’m aware bone scan mainly shows you were to look further. But my understanding is whilst won’t show you anything specific re soft tissue injury would normally show increased uptake in the surrounding area, giving you and indication there is something there...
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    Tell we what you see , besides a lame pony

    Bone scans pick up areas of increased activity e.g. heat etc. They will pick up soft tissue injuries too. Painfully expensive, but useful
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    Tell we what you see , besides a lame pony

    Alternately, and speaking as an allergic asthmatic, if you cant breath well, you will be very docile. Maybe fixing the breathing issue has allowed the true forward thinking joggy nature to surface? Maybe he never was truly quiet? Just speculating.
  11. flying_high

    Grazing Muzzle for Injury-prone Fatty TB??!

    Most turnout muzzles have a Velcro break point in them.
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    Tell we what you see , besides a lame pony

    I think you need to book him in for a lameness assessment. A place at a really good referral place of your choice, with a good expert, in holiday season might take a 2-4 weeks to book. I'd get saddles both checked in mean time, if can. I'd work him every day for 7 days before the lameness...
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    Strangles guttural pouch wash

    Yes I think they have to flush pouches to extract sample to test. That’s the terminology my vets used. Pouch flushing is a 2 vet procedure which makes it more expensive
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    Strangles guttural pouch wash

    I paid about 600 for strangles blood test which was just above acceptable then guttural pouch wash to get samples to run at vet hospital to see if carrier. Wasn’t a carrier. I could have waited and re run low bloods but clear result needed to move yards pre my surgery.
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    Why do some horses not get fat?

    Both poor and good are stressful IMO. Most of my experience with poor doers there has been underlying pain.
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    Mystery left hind foot lameness – any insights

    Spoken to farrier who thinks new type shoes behind next week and pads. He thinks he wants to land to outside edge of foot. Current shoes stop this but create jar. It isn't that visible within balance x-rays as he's rebalanced and shod frequently, so doesn't go that far out of balance. Possible...
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    Mystery left hind foot lameness – any insights

    There isn't a clear pattern of getting worse just after shod, or worse when due to be shod. It doesn't look like any connected pattern. Though I don't have absolute record of how he went, and remember this significant highs and lows, and the diary events / lessons / competing etc. is documented.
  18. flying_high

    Mystery left hind foot lameness – any insights

    Hmmm not really conclusive.
  19. flying_high

    Mystery left hind foot lameness – any insights

    Hmmm I wonder if I can plot the highs and lows against shoeing cycle dates.
  20. flying_high

    bringing him back into work/ 1 month off/ steroid injections, WWYD

    For me it would depend if the horse has secondary muscle soreness / back soreness from compensating for hock pain. If does I would invest in soft tissue bodywork as soon possible before asking much of the horse. Generally vets will inject hocks quite close to horses racing / eventing etc. so...
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    Mystery left hind foot lameness – any insights

    It isn’t the only thing holding me back, but it is one, as he’s a fairly high mileage teenage horse and has had impinging spines, I worry that the lack of regular work and back lifting work, might cause increased arthritis and his impinging spine to worsen. I don’t know a good set up to turn...
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    Mystery left hind foot lameness – any insights

    It is an option, to my eye he’s not got particularly interesting hind feet. Balance and x-rays fairly good, not thin soles / sensitive feet, doesn’t lose shoes, but not bothered if did behind. Farrier commented last visit, he is over weighting front feet, to take weight off hind feet.
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    Mystery left hind foot lameness – any insights

    He's not constantly lame, but this is third time going lame blocking to same hind foot. He's currently lame (or was Wednesday and Friday when assessed). Is now having a week on bute, 3 days off bute, 7 days of 30 minutes walk hacking, with minute episodes of trot building. Reassess. It is...
  24. flying_high

    Mystery left hind foot lameness – any insights

    Thanks both. I’m assuming that lameness blocking specifically to below fetlock or foot 3 times means it has root in actual lameness? My understanding being that the various strange conditions that can cause lameness to appear don’t typically result in soundness when lame leg is locally blocked...
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    Mystery left hind foot lameness – any insights

    He’s 13. Owned 2 years. We’ve both competed to affiliated medium dressage but not together yet. He’s not a great age to benefit from a year off. Prefer to keep bigger horses in regular work once hit teens. And I’m a bit cautious that if issue not recovered since February 2018 it might not...
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    Mystery left hind foot lameness – any insights

    Mystery left hind foot lameness – any insights Horse which blocked to 3/10 lameness left hind foot (not main foot bones) at vet college in February 2018 Nothing showed up on x-ray, foot , scans or MRI to explain lameness. Conclusion was field injury, soft tissue not bad enough to show on MRI...
  27. flying_high

    What does this chain do?

    Maybe it is a defence chain. If someone grabs the reins, hit hand with chain so they drop them?
  28. flying_high

    Where can I “complain” about updating passport

    I wonder if carrying both passports with you would be sufficient. As they link and show vaccinations?
  29. flying_high

    amigo/horseware rugs

    I think work fine IME
  30. flying_high

    Electrolytes

    It is tricky, as the main needed electrolyte is Sodium and it doesn’t taste very nice. Some electrolytes contain high proportion of sugar or low amount of sodium, so are tasty but you aren’t feeding enough actual sodium. I feed as much table salt as horse will tolerate (in my case 25 ml)...
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