A very long time ago, I wrote about COIFFED HORSES… well, lookey what I saw at our local boutique hotel!! Read On!






A very long time ago, March 27, 2010 (the 2nd month of Horse and Man the blog – ever), I wrote about Coiffed horses.  You can see that story here.

Below is that story in its best form available (I think some of the photos were lost when we changed servers…).

POST FROM 3/27/2010

Have you all seen these already?  I just love them!

The photographer, Julian Wolkenstein, used their real manes and forelocks.  He had a stylist work for hours on these very patient horses.  The dreamy quality makes you think these are wigs superimposed upon a headshot of a horse.  But, they aren’t.  These are real horses and their real hair.  Fun!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LOOK WHAT I FOUND IN OUR LOCAL HOTEL LOBBY!

Our town, Paso Robles, CA, has a lovely boutique hotel called, Hotel Cheval.  One of the many reasons I love it is because in the very beautifully appointed bar area, they have beautiful and subtle photos/artwork of horses.

You’d have to look… but yes, all the art is of horses in some form or another.  You think you are surrounded by watercolors or oils or old photographs… but you are really surrounded by HORSE ART.  Amazing.  Love it.  I’m sure most people don’t even realize that all the art is horse related.  (PS:  Cheval means ‘horse’ in French.)

The other wonderful thing is they have a lovely happy hour… and great employees.

Anyway, Hubby and I were there last week and I saw this!  I swear to horsegods, I almost choked!  It was brand new and I totally recognized it!   And, it was HUGE!

I had to take a photo! It was huge on a huge wall! I’m standing and I’m still shorter than this photo.

HERE IS THE WEBSITE OF THE PHOTOGRAPHER!

Since the original post was so minimal (I was just learning how to do this!), I am adding the original photographer and his/her website now.

Julian Wolkenstein.

He is from Australia and is the kind of photographer I might have hired in my past life as a commercial producer!  I loved looking over his portfolio.

Here is one shot I hadn’t seen previously.  The name is “Lanake”.

Lanake.

ENJOY!

Misty

Harmony

Florence

 


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Have you heard of Suture Line Periostitis? – Does your horse have a bump between its eyes? READ ON!


Wednesday, February 20th, 2019 | Filed under Medical




I follow the vet Grace Owen, DVM, on Facebook.

Often, she will show images and give explanations on interesting and rare cases.  Recently, she wrote about Suture Line Periostitis.

Here is Dr. Owen’s article:

Interesting case: This mare had a run in with a fence. Swelling went down over time but left this odd “bump”. This is known as Suture Line Periostitis, or inflammation of the suture lines. Diagnosis involves ruling out other conditions that may cause swelling of the head. Often these are not painful. If the area is painful NSAIDS (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatories) may be beneficial, but there is no proven therapy. Often just monitoring the area is recommended. Sometimes the area will not go completely back to normal, but as they are not painful they often just add character.

This is her patient.  Note the big bump.

Equine skull where you can see the suture lines.

side view

Radiograph showing the inflammation at the suture line (I’m taking her word for it since I cannot read Xrays.)

HERE IS ANOTHER ARTICLE ON SUTURE LINE PERIOSTITIS

Click here to go to the original article.

Summary
Although it may be surprising, the equine (and any vertebrate) skull is actually made up of separate bones that are joined by a slightly flexible junction called a bone suture. These junctions allow very slight movement of the bones as the head grows, allowing growth of the brain and other internal structures. A human baby’s fontanelle is a large suture and allows rapid change in skull size in the very young growing human.

In horses, abnormal development of skull sutures can result in hard swellings on the head. This condition is not fully understood but likely related to traumatic injury.

Suture periostitis is more common in young horses but can develop in mature horses. In the cases I have seen, the presumed reason for the appearance of these swellings has been a traumatic episode. In younger horses they may result from trauma, congenital or nutritional causes.

If they occur at the suture near the eye, the swelling can cause blockage of the naso-lacrimal duct (the tube that normally carries tears through the bone to the nostril) and result in tearing. It can also cause swelling of the tissues around the eye.

These bumps usually are not painful. The most common appearance is a horizontal ridge of hard swelling on the forehead between the eyes or down the side of the face in front of the eye.

DIAGNOSIS involves ruling out other conditions that result in head swelling. This involves careful physical examination, dental exam, and head radiographs. The appearance of suture periostitis is typically different than Nutritional Secondary Hyperparathyroidism (“Big Head” or “Bran” Disease) but there is some overlap in appearance, so that condition needs to be carefully considered and ruled out.

There is no TREATMENT for this condition. Over time, these bumps usually smooth out and become less obvious.

 


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