horse won't work to left...here's the update

horse won't work to left...here's the update

Post by KBanni » Mon, 17 Feb 1997 04:00:00


To all of you that gave me advice, the saddle fit was the trick.  He rode
great w/ my trainer's PJ for two days.  Friday night he was lame, vet came
yesterday and after 1.5 hrs. of testing, etc. found he had a bad foot w/
an abcess- he said I'll be off of him for a while (around 6 wks).  OK,
this is my first horse which I've had only since Dec.1st (leased for 2
mths before).  Is this all normal-the on and off health?  I'm very
discouraged!!!!  Seems like we've only had a dozen decent rides in the
last two months.  Keep in mind I'm in KS and only can ride indoors because
the weather here is #*&%#.  

I would appreciate any words of encouragement from anyone who has gone
through this.  People at my barn say that horses go in cycle of good/bad
health.  How come the school horses are never off?  By the way, Reilly is
a 6 yr. old thoroughbred gelding in overall great shape!

 
 
 

horse won't work to left...here's the update

Post by Joyce Reynolds-Wa » Mon, 17 Feb 1997 04:00:00


Quote:
>To all of you that gave me advice, the saddle fit was the trick.  He rode
>great w/ my trainer's PJ for two days.  Friday night he was lame, vet came
>yesterday and after 1.5 hrs. of testing, etc. found he had a bad foot w/
>an abcess- he said I'll be off of him for a while (around 6 wks).  OK,
>this is my first horse which I've had only since Dec.1st (leased for 2
>mths before).  Is this all normal-the on and off health?  I'm very
>discouraged!!!!  Seems like we've only had a dozen decent rides in the
>last two months.  Keep in mind I'm in KS and only can ride indoors because
>the weather here is #*&%#.  

>I would appreciate any words of encouragement from anyone who has gone
>through this.  People at my barn say that horses go in cycle of good/bad
>health.  How come the school horses are never off?  By the way, Reilly is
>a 6 yr. old thoroughbred gelding in overall great shape!

Hang in there.  Abcesses seem to be a long time coming and a long time
healing up (as in closing up completely).  But it's a good time to do
a lot of ground work, as he'll still need attention and ground work to
keep himself occupied.  My old horse, Sparkle the Alpha Mare had two
of 'em, one year after the other, in opposite forefeet.  Then no more
problems until she foundered six years later (grass founder, when I
was off in college).

 It didn't take long for her to start feeling better and I had to
exercise her like an I-don't-know-what as she normally had free
turnout and we kept her in the stall for treatment.  Took about three
days from opening the abcess and twice-a-day Epsom salt soaks (along
with antibiotics), as I recall, before she was trying to open stall
doors and took off running and bucking when I finally decided she was
too high to even exercise in hand (no arena or corral available).

It was easier to let her get her run and jump out, then clean up and
soak than keep her restrained.  So you should see a turnaround pretty
fast if there's no complications.

Which hoof has the abcess?

jrw

I spamblock

 
 
 

horse won't work to left...here's the update

Post by sdan.. » Tue, 18 Feb 1997 04:00:00


Quote:

>I would appreciate any words of encouragement from anyone who has gone
>through this.  People at my barn say that horses go in cycle of good/bad
>health.  How come the school horses are never off?  By the way, Reilly is
>a 6 yr. old thoroughbred gelding in overall great shape!


happens category.  Of my crew, it's usually the youngsters who find
the most trouble to get into, Rico the invinceable (knocking on all
availble wood here) ran something (we think it was a stick or tree
branch) into a hock (missed all the vital tissue) and in 7 years
that's the only time he's been hurt/ill.  Whiskey had an abcess last
year, but has otherwise been sound, Billy's list of time offs is too
lengthy to go into.  Since you can't ride, and I can't right now
either, (cuz I'm injured), here are some time fillers for you.  Clean
tack, organize old horse magazines, write a gazillion posts to rec.
eq. <VBG>, design your dream farm, rent horse videos, I especially
like training videos, find a friend who's horse shopping and go along
to held "test drive" their propects.  Cheer up, 6 weeks isn't that
bad, and if you're lucky, you might be able to shorten it some by
using an easy boot.

Good luck.

Susan Dangar

 
 
 

horse won't work to left...here's the update

Post by KBanni » Tue, 18 Feb 1997 04:00:00

It's his right front foot.   Thanks so much for your input - at least he
stands still in the bucket!  He's a very good patient.

 
 
 

horse won't work to left...here's the update

Post by Pat Wils » Thu, 20 Feb 1997 04:00:00

Quote:

>To all of you that gave me advice, the saddle fit was the trick.  He rode
>great w/ my trainer's PJ for two days.  Friday night he was lame, vet came
>yesterday and after 1.5 hrs. of testing, etc. found he had a bad foot w/
>an abcess- he said I'll be off of him for a while (around 6 wks).  OK,
>this is my first horse which I've had only since Dec.1st (leased for 2
>mths before).  Is this all normal-the on and off health?  I'm very
>discouraged!!!!  Seems like we've only had a dozen decent rides in the
>last two months.  Keep in mind I'm in KS and only can ride indoors because
>the weather here is #*&%#.  
>I would appreciate any words of encouragement from anyone who has gone
>through this.  People at my barn say that horses go in cycle of good/bad
>health.  How come the school horses are never off?  By the way, Reilly is
>a 6 yr. old thoroughbred gelding in overall great shape!

I'm afraid they're just like that - though 6 weeks for an abcess
seems excessive to me.  School horses that don't stay sound go
elsewhere (if they're not bringing in money, they're history), and
some unsoundnesses (back problems, especially) can go unnoticed
for longer, because different people are on them every day.

Every horse I've had has been unsound in some way (cuts in the
pasture, abcesses - random stuff) right after I've paid the money.
It's really a pain, but the bright side is it gives you some time to
spend on ground training and getting to know the beast.

Hey - at least it's winter - you're not missing as much!

Chin up!  It'll get better.

--
Pat Wilson