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  •  The reason his hair is clipped is (5+ / 0-)
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    because of his medical condition which causes the hair to grow longer and curly and can cause overheating. He has a serious condition that with lots of love, good energy and excellent vet care we hope to ameliorate by spring. He was diagnosed in the fall, kovie. This is a condition in which many horses don't come out of and are put down because of the pain and quality of life. If trimming his hair provides some cooling, why not express a little love too?

    "Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass... it is about learning to dance in the rain." ~ Vivanne Grenne

    by remembrance on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 09:31:00 PM PST

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    •  I wasn't being serious (5+ / 0-)

      But thanks for the info about his condition, which I didn't know. I hope he's ok.

      "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

      by kovie on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 09:41:54 PM PST

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      •  Thanks, kovie. He's getting better. eom. (4+ / 0-)
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        "Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass... it is about learning to dance in the rain." ~ Vivanne Grenne

        by remembrance on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 09:52:21 PM PST

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        •  It was one of those (3+ / 0-)
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          "Oh that's just wrong" comments after seeing a cat ride a surfboard or some such thing, when what you obviously mean is "If that's not the cutest thing ever!". My wit, as it were, can be dry sometimes.

          "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

          by kovie on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 10:11:36 PM PST

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          •  'sokay, kovie - my vet looked at him and (3+ / 0-)
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            exclaimed "she BUTCHERED ya, boy!" then he asked "what's the difference between a good haircut and a bad one?  two weeks!"

            thanks, remembrance, for explaining about sani - he IS getting better every day.

            ashton (his vet) said this would be a roller coaster ride - and we're pulling for the kiddy one - so far, so good!  

          •  oh, and at our barn, each school pony has a (3+ / 0-)
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            unique "clip" sign on his/her butt.  the pony, coco chanel has, of course, the chanel sign, another has the superman symbol, another has batman and more other adorable symbols.  the young people who work at webb gave me the idea to do sani's full fun clip - and he is the "star" of the barn for it!

            the others use electric clippers - but sani got the special "scissor cut" from me, remembrance and TLO.  he loves the attention!

    •  the actual condition is called "cushings" - and it (3+ / 0-)
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      occurs in dogs, too.  it is a tumor on the pituitary gland.  fortunately, in horses, it can be controlled with pergolide (a drug that was once used to treat parkinson's but has too many serious side effects for humans).

      unfortunately, cushings also is a main trigger in laminitis - a condition where the horse's coffin bone separates from the laminae holding it inside the hoof - that is what caused sani to be diagnosed with cushings (after his first vet totally misread the labwork and said he was clear in 2011).

      if horses make it through the laminitic episode, they stand a chance at long term management of the cushings with the drug - so far, sani hasn't had a bad day on his feet - that is what we want.  right now, he has casts on his tootsies to keep the hoof wall from separating further and we are waiting for him to grow new feet - that takes about a year to totally grow the new foot from coronet band (think fingernail base) to the ground.

      he is on a paddock of very soft shavings (tiny tiny flakes) that are like walking on a soft cushion and is doing very well (knock wood!)

      okay - that's the technical explanation - and, i totally got kovie's "that's so wrong!" comment - but sani just loves all the attention he has gotten with his "do" - had i thought about it, though, we'd have been doing an obama symbol - and i'm still thinking of putting the dk flag on his side when it's time to clip more!  

      are ya up for it?

      •  I thought the shavings looked really deep - (2+ / 0-)
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        Thanks for the explanation & information. You guys are very caring 2-legs.

        Best Wishes on control of the Cushings & laminitis; I'm glad he's able to be comfortable so far - laminitis is a tough condition to deal with, pain-wise.

        Something that doesn't make good sense, makes bad sense. That means someone is being deliberately hurtful & selfish. Look for motives behind actions & words.

        by CA wildwoman on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 07:28:39 AM PST

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        •  so far, he hasn't had a bad day since the original (1+ / 0-)
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          the paddock is filled with dorris mini flake shavings - it is like walking on a quilted comforter!  everyone wants to lie down and make shavings angels - sani does!

          when i asked ashton about easy ride boots, he laughed and said no need, he has an "easy ride" paddock!

          i do have an area of just mats where he can stand if he wants to, but he loves the shavings.  they are raked and smoothed daily and about a week after a big rain, i turn over several inches to let them dry.  the amazing thing is that they filter the "wet spots" and there is no odor!  to pick poop is a piece of cake - the shavings fall right through, leaving a really clean paddock!

          EdriesShop Is it kind? is it true? is it necessary?

          by edrie on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 01:18:41 PM PST

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