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  •  here's hoping miskwaki is okay and feeling fine (3+ / 0-)
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    again.  colic is such a scary thing...

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    by edrie on Tue May 21, 2013 at 08:13:26 PM PDT

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    •  Doing much better. (1+ / 0-)
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      Considering his starvation and malnutrition levels, I've been watching him like a . . . well, you know. :-)  Because our hay is really rich.  But of course, last week's episode had to happen while I had to be away.  It was truly scary - the kind you read about but seldom see:  Thrashing so hard on the ground that he wore patches of his coat off; eyes rolling and flinging his neck against the ground repeatedly.  Fortunately, he seems to understand when I'm trying to help him, and he was really cooperative.  The other morning, I caught him just as it was about to begin, and we walked it off (much to the discomfort of my knees and hips, but oh, well).  We're working on his hooves this week; the other day, he was having some pain in hs front knees, and his hooves were a little too warm, so we've got to worry (as I figured) about laminitis, too.

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      by Aji on Wed May 22, 2013 at 06:38:38 AM PDT

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      •  i know that laminitis worry - am into month 7 (1+ / 0-)
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        now with sani - he is half a new hoof in at this point.

        hope that isn't a road you both have to travel.  i hope the boy adjusts soon to having good food and good care - for both your sakes.

        kosmail me if you end up doing the laminitis dance - my vet did some amazing things (like casting sani's feet) - he is doing really well in recovery.

        hugs and prayers to the universe for miskwaki from sani and me.

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

        by edrie on Wed May 22, 2013 at 10:25:47 AM PDT

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        •  Back atcha, hon, and Sani, too. (1+ / 0-)
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          Great that he's doing so well.  Several years ago, we went through an ordeal with Cree that lasted nearly a year; for about 8 months, we woke up every day wondering whether today was gonna be the day that we'd have to send her on her way, just to put an end to her pain.  Finally, we scrapped EVERYTHING the "experts" told us and completely jettisoned a veterinary approach.  And it worked!  She has occasional flares, but they're just that - flares, and we treat them in the way that she needs and they subside in a matter of days, usually.

          And Miskwa has begun something new today:  When I got home and went out to check on him, he came up to the fence to lean his head against my arm through the panels, and then started giving my hand [completely gentle and non-drooly] horsey kisses!  So I think he's irrevocably bonded, at this point. :-)

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          by Aji on Wed May 22, 2013 at 04:14:49 PM PDT

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          •  ah, dear aji, he was bonded the minute he found (0+ / 0-)

            you - it's just taken you a bit of time to realize that you and wings are owned.

            my vet did something new - he cast sani's feet (with the same material used for broken arms).  he added a blue dense foam pad to raise his heels and we wrapped the whole thing in duct tape (then gorilla tape - lasted longer) and let his feet grow for 3 months.  he was a sinker.  my farrier would come to help get the casts on and would trim only the front toe to let him grow as much sole as possible.

            i padded his paddock with teeney tiny mini flakes by "dorris" - and that thing was like walking on a cushion.  when i asked my vet about easy ride boots, he laughted and said, "WHY? you've got an "easy ride PADDOCK!"

            changed his diet - he was tested for cushings in feb 2011 and my idiot EX-vet told me over the phone (i was in nc for mom's memorial) that he was "okay" -well, in dec of last year, i found the sheet - he was NOT okay - he tested for cushings then.

            i could have had him on pergolide for two years and greatly reduced the chance of his developing laminitis.  

            my current vet is awesome - he is a track vet and knows lameness.  and he is up to date with everything he treats.  i credit him and my farrier (who worked closely with my vet) to saving sani's life.

            we're now close to being back under saddle again - i'm hoping by next month we can go back to light work.

            maybe by then, my fingers will have been made more workable than now.  right now, my surgery hand is a claw due to the incompetent physical therapist who exclaimed "OH! i'm really BOOKED" and didn't schedule me in to work on my implants until just shy of a month - long enough for major scar tissue to set in.

            right now, i'm looking at going back under the knive to have tenolysis - a procedure where the surgeon goes in and scrapes the scar tissue out of the ligaments and tendons,

            needless to say, i've not been a happy camper for quite a while now. haven't been able to make jewelry - but will finally try this weekend - my vet bills and farrier bills are coming due and i desperately need to pay my back board.  haven't been able to work at all since the dec 21 surgery.



            it's late, i'm tired and this just gushed out.

            it is possible that miskwa has ulcers?  the very expensive prescription ulcer meds are the exact same one as the preventative lower dose - i'll check the name and let you know.

            i'm guessing that this may be the problem - a friend at the barn has a horse with hind gut ulcers - sani had stomach ones.

            may be worth doing several months worth of ulcerguard to see if this makes a difference on the boy.  from the life you've described he had, it would seem very likely that the stress has left him with ulcers.

            here's a link that explains that gastroguard (the rx one) and ulcerguard are the same thing - only differing in dosage.  my vet was the one who told me to get the less expensive ulcerguard in lower dosages - then just up the dose.

            well, gotta crash - going to meet remembrance and glen the plummer tomorrow am to meet sasha the cat - i'm babysitting for them for a few days.

            catch you tomorrow...

            skritches to all da ponies from me - and all the other critters, too.

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            by edrie on Thu May 23, 2013 at 12:12:41 AM PDT

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