We finally got all he pieces together to make our trip to the UT Vet.
School with three for evaluation.
The Good News: Our 16 year old stallion shows EXCELLENT numbers on
his fertility check and his *** should ship cooled or frozen without
issue. We will have to wait unil Sat. to find out the 24 and 46 hour
numbers but the vet says he does not expect problems, based upon what
he saw. I was surprised that the stud didn't take to the "phantom"
mare (they do a LOT of AI in Brazil and he was bred extensively before
he was iimported to the U.S.). He is REALLY easy to handle and has
excellent "breeding" manners.
The Bad News: Our bay MM gelding is now officially a pasure ornament
and/or foal companion. In his right rear leg he has significant
osteoarthrits, ligament damage, and opacities in the soft tissue that
are likely small shotgun pellets. I got him from GA after a pasture
mate had been shot and killed. He did not show any signs of gunshot
wounds, so we don't know how long he pellets have been there. The
ligament damage is quite old. The vet said he can't demonstrate a
date earlier than a year, but his gut feeling is that the horse
suffered a crippling injury 4-6 years ago and it just never healed.
The Expected News. Our former her sire, gelded 18 months ago, has
significant hock issues, including mild degenerative joint disease. We
were worried about stiffel issues, but his x-rays are clean in that
area. He was cleared to begin some strengthening and fitness work and
be buted as required for comfort. He suggested that we have him
injected in late May or early June; that will allow him to work more
comfortably during our more active riding season of early summer to
late fall. The vet felt he could handle the cavalry competition
events at the novice level, and maybe the intermediate level. He also
suggested we consider a joint suppliment like Cosequin or Adequan. He
said ALL suppliments have some issues of bioavailability, but those
two have had the most work done on them and are the only ones he will
recommend based upon the science available.
The trip was largely uneventful and Stefanos makes a good pizza
(lunch, don't you know :-) ). We're disapointed in the bay's results,
but that's the way things are. I've got some folks in CA that are
very interested in breeding to the stallion and we can now get onto
that project. And, of course, now I've got another horse to work. ;-)