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Huggy

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that 's what happened with Rose, she had cushings, she kept getting laminitis despite being very lean. In the end she couldn't walk on stones or concrete so we made her a fenced off area with field shelter and she lived out, bought her six months. she got a foot abscess and we struck blood so the bone was just about through the sole. she wouldn't do box rest and it was unethical at her age to do a hoof resection and six months in box and dressings and no real future as the cushings would get her in the end. But she got her summer which is what I wanted for her.
So far we've had no laminitis, but like Rose, Ramsey would never tolerate box rest - can only leave him in the hour or so it takes to eat his bucket, then he's pacing and banging the door. Funny though, I put some straw down as he pees a lot, and he would never stand in it - always went onto the concrete, but last couple of months he will only stand in the straw - almost as though he knows he might go down and wants it soft. Have put more down, just in case. Glad she got her summer.
 

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So far we've had no laminitis, but like Rose, Ramsey would never tolerate box rest - can only leave him in the hour or so it takes to eat his bucket, then he's pacing and banging the door. Funny though, I put some straw down as he pees a lot, and he would never stand in it - always went onto the concrete, but last couple of months he will only stand in the straw - almost as though he knows he might go down and wants it soft. Have put more down, just in case. Glad she got her summer.
she did box rest twice and made it clear by breaking the stable door that she wasn't doing it again so we tailored what we could do to what she wanted, she was happy to live out alone, she had the horses out during the day with the donkeys along side her, they went in at night but she was content. when she did the box rest first time she had a double stable with a concrete yard in front which we fenced off so she could come out and look at the others and be in the sun. but she made it clear at our new place she just couldn't do it.
 

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If I'm honest I'd be worrying & bringing the vet visit forward. It might be that his prascend dose needs altering, or something else the vet can pick up on & you can manage with a few changes so don't be scared to call them. If it is something that can be helped then the sooner you do the better, leave it and you may reach a point of no return.

I'll keep my fingers crossed for you x
 

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Maxes first bout was a bad one. The farrier recommended by my vet came out
he said we could try resection but I had Max most of his life I knew he would not want that.
He made thick insulation foam pads for his feet to get him thru a couple days til my
husband was home to not go thru it alone.
Had it been an infection or something I would hIMG_6762.JPGIMG_6761.JPGave for sure tried.
The right thing to do for them is always the hardest for YOU.
This was Max at about 3 1/2 years. I fell in love with his black and pink speckled nose
when I first saw him..
When he turned 4 he lost his speckles on his nose .:eek:
 
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If I'm honest I'd be worrying & bringing the vet visit forward. It might be that his prascend dose needs altering, or something else the vet can pick up on & you can manage with a few changes so don't be scared to call them. If it is something that can be helped then the sooner you do the better, leave it and you may reach a point of no return.

I'll keep my fingers crossed for you x
Well, had farrier yesterday and he discovered abscess in hind foot, he thought that was probably one reason for the droopiness. (It was same leg as his stifle problem, so didn't spot it). I'm going g to give it a couple of days while I deal with the abscess and if he doesn't perk up I'll call the vet. Thanks for the finger crossing! He certainly marched in today, after just one poultice, with more enthusiasm.
 
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Maxes first bout was a bad one. The farrier recommended by my vet came out
he said we could try resection but I had Max most of his life I knew he would not want that.
He made thick insulation foam pads for his feet to get him thru a couple days til my
husband was home to not go thru it alone.
Had it been an infection or something I would hView attachment 96314View attachment 96313ave for sure tried.
The right thing to do for them is always the hardest for YOU.
This was Max at about 3 1/2 years. I fell in love with his black and pink speckled nose
when I first saw him..
When he turned 4 he lost his speckles on his nose .:eek:
Oh handsome fella! Funny how much they change, isn't it? I bought Ramsey at 4, because he was dappled grey with black mane and tail and black stockings. I swear I went up one morning and he's just turned pure white! Just didn't notice it happening!20190102_223525.jpg first show at 5 years.20190102_223525.jpg
 
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Oh god, I feel your pain. Old horse. We are going down this route too. Thank you for sharing. Xx
How are you getting on? Are things imminent, or are you limping on, like me? Whichever it is, feel for you too. X
 

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Max was a palomino appaloosa.
Not a really common color.


Its almost a bit creepy but Virginia who owns the farm across the street got a
Poa for her granddaughter and for pony rides for guests with children.

Its like a small version of a Max.

This may sound weird but it brings
Smiles and tears to my eyes at the
Same time with him looking
So much like Max.
 
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Well, had farrier yesterday and he discovered abscess in hind foot, he thought that was probably one reason for the droopiness. (It was same leg as his stifle problem, so didn't spot it). I'm going g to give it a couple of days while I deal with the abscess and if he doesn't perk up I'll call the vet. Thanks for the finger crossing! He certainly marched in today, after just one poultice, with more enthusiasm.
Oh that's excellent news! Don't underestimate how painful they can find an abscess, it could certainly make him very out of sorts & I've known them to cause weight loss too. If he's feeling better already after a poultice to draw it he may be different again in a few days. Abscesses can be a problem with PPID horses, but sometimes they just happen to any horse x
 

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Max was a palomino appaloosa.
Not a really common color.


Its almost a bit creepy but Virginia who owns the farm across the street got a
Poa for her granddaughter and for pony rides for guests with children.

Its like a small version of a Max.

This may sound weird but it brings
Smiles and tears to my eyes at the
Same time with him looking
So much like Max.
Not weird at all - almost like having a 'live' picture to remind you of him. My regret is that in the days of Ramsey jumping and showing, mobile phones were a novelty and therefore I have no videos of him in his prime. Enjoy watching your mini Max! X
 
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Ohhh yes they can seem like a horrific injury.

Sonny has had a couple and the first one I ever saw ever was on him.
I thought he had a broken leg.
I had emergency call to vet thinking the worse.....
They came pretty quickly and said walk him :eek::eek: i almost said ARE YOU NUTS
WALK HIM

THEN she said I think I know what this is
And it must have been ripe and ready cause she touched around and it popped.

He was immediately better aside from all the after care of wrapping. Etc etc.

It did its thing very fast he was fine the
Nite before and I was soooooo sure he had a broken leg.
 

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Ohhh yes they can seem like a horrific injury.

Sonny has had a couple and the first one I ever saw ever was on him.
I thought he had a broken leg.
I had emergency call to vet thinking the worse.....
They came pretty quickly and said walk him :eek::eek: i almost said ARE YOU NUTS
WALK HIM

THEN she said I think I know what this is
And it must have been ripe and ready cause she touched around and it popped.

He was immediately better aside from all the after care of wrapping. Etc etc.

It did its thing very fast he was fine the
Nite before and I was soooooo sure he had a broken leg.
Crazy that we're relieved by it being something so horrible,but curable! The relief for them too when the poison's released - our farrier takes an unseemly pleasure in squidging it out and inviting me to look.
 
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when the donkeys have had an abscess and are holding up a leg as if broken, it scares the hell out of you as you always imagine the worst. the joy when an abscess bursts and they get instant relief is wonderful.
 

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You often hear it said that there are two things that look like a broken leg - one is a broken leg & the other is an abscess!
 
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Quick update - vet came out for vaccs and was pleased Ramsey was still soldiering on. Said he's not that bad at all for 30 with cushings. On the down side, he got ANOTHER RUDDY ABSCESS on the opposite hind leg! However with poulticing and tarring went up tonight and think it's finally done with. He was perky enough to headbutt me for a mint! Grumpy old man!1549652849665225766521749591814.jpg
 

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The abscessing is a nightmare, you get pretty proficient pretty quickly tho, I could sort and repoultice in about 2 minutes flat on my own, and it stay in place for 12 hours while turned out, after all my practice.