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DOGS AND CATS LIVING TOGETHER! MASS HYSTERIA! Well, not really but…






This morning I noted that the horses were all looking a little plump.

It occurred to me that they must be going into the huge 5 acre pasture at night – and eating whatever weeds they could find.  So after I fed them breakfast (and distracted them) I explored the huge pasture and found manure all around.  Clearly they had been visiting in the cool evenings.

(Previous to this revelation, I had thought they were too afraid of that pasture to enter it because I had never seen them go down there… but I think now it is just too far away from water during daylight hours.)

Anyway, when I came back up and decided to close off that pasture to them, I made a note to self to fix the gate latch because it felt kinda hinky.  And then I immediately forgot.  Devilishly cute Crazy Herding Dog Puppy becomes hysterical whenever I am out with the horses which makes me a bit hysterical and we all lose our minds until order is restored.

Annie was the most brave so far! She marched right into the huge pasture!

Annie was the most brave so far! She marched right into the huge pasture!

MY BRIGHT IDEA

Since I had shut the big pasture to the herd of horses, I thought maybe Norma, Dodger and Annie would like to check it out.  None of them have ever been in a space that large (well, I’m not sure about Annie…)  and I wondered how they would do.

So, I opened their gate to the huge field.

Annie went through immediately.  No worries.  She was the bravest of them all.   I did go in there with her and I pointed out that she needed to be mindful.  She seemed to understand and was very thoughtful and delicate with her foot placement.

Norma, however, had been laying down when I opened the gate… and she stayed there.  Dodger cleaned up the scraps from breakfast, now that Annie was gone.  They seemed uninterested, for sure.

Fine.  I went inside.

After about 30 minutes, I went out to check on Annie and I couldn’t even see her, that was how far she had wandered.  But I did notice the other herd pushed against their fence, totally jealous that Annie was in their big pasture – and they weren’t.

Me:  What?  You guys have never even gone into that pasture during the day.

Them:  So?!

Me:  Well, why is it so important today?

Them:  Duh!!  It is so obvious.  Look!  She’s in there!!!

Me:  Yeah, and…?

Them:  This is OUTRAGEOUS!

Me:  Just everyone calm down.  I’ll let you in there tonight.

Them:  That is NOT good enough!  Get her out!

I went inside…

The other horses are outraged to see Annie in their pasture. As you can see, they are bunched up against the gate I had just closed this morning.

The other horses are outraged to see Annie in their pasture. As you can see, they are bunched up against the gate I had just closed this morning.

The second part of this story is better told in photos…

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This is Norma. She was having a siesta and couldn’t be bothered to explore the large pasture with Annie.

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But then, 30 minutes later, I could just barely make out Dodger near the fence on the left, Norma near the water tank and Annie on the right. Little specks in the distance. They were all in the large pasture!

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And then I heard Cute but Crazy Herding Puppy go absolutely BANANAS. So, I looked outside and saw… 10 horses instead of 3! In this photo we see Norma, Annie, Dodger huddled near the fence, then Finn and BG, then Sam, Rojo and Remi, and then Wrigley and Gwen (Yes, Wrig is back – long story).

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Zoomed in…

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Annie saw me and came rushing up into their safety zone. I shut their gate as I watched wild Rojo herd his ladies (and Wrig) away from me

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Dodger, Norma and Annie – safe!

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Lookey lookey… remember how I was saying to myself that I needed to secure this gate latch? Well, I was right.

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Realizing that all that running in the sun made them tired and thirsty, so the marauding herd came back and finished their breakfast. (Yes, I have a broken board already – Crazy puppy tried to herd these guys and they didn’t like it – BANG! CRACK.)

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REMEMBER ANNIE’S NECKWORMS? WELL, THEY ARE G-O-N-E!






A while back, I wrote about Annie’s mysterious horseshoe shaped lump on her neck.  It wasn’t crusty or dry or itchy or weepy.  It was simply an odd lump.  You can read that post here.

After some searching, I realized that it was neckworms.  I had never heard of neckworms and I wrote about them here.

The protocol was to use a double dose of Equimax, wait two weeks and then double dose again.   Some horses need a third dose.

So, I did that.

This was Annie's neckworm...

This was Annie’s neckworm…

AFTER THE 2ND DOSE, THE NECKWORMS ARE GONE!

The neckworms had been squishy on her neck for a few months.  I was watching it, trying to figure out what it was.

After the second dose of the double Equimax, the lumps vanished.

I can still see a bit of a mark, not a scar, but it showed up on the photo.  To the hand and to the eye, the area is flat and normal.

An odd hairless dime-sized patch rests right near where the lumps resided.  I wonder if she had a little ‘dead worm’ boil that burst that I didn’t notice… Anyway, it looks normal, just absent of hair so she could have just scratched that on something.  But, I found the bald patch interesting that it was so near where the worms were.

So, if your horse has neckworms, USE DOUBLE DOSES OF EQUIMAX, TWO WEEKS APART!  It works!

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Her neck is lump free!

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I can just barely make out the area … and there is a tiny dime-sized bald spot below it. I wonder if she just scraped that – or if dead neckworms were ejected there. It doesn’t look scabby at all. Just bald.

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She’s happy!  I know I caught them very quickly so I doubt she will be effected in any way.

AS FAR AS BG… Eye Goobers Gone!

I have used 2- double doses on BG and she is not all clear – although her symptoms were chronic and did not include the obvious neck lumps.  BG has been ‘itchy’ her entire life.  After the double dose, she still has hivey skin on her torso and neck.  But, since she has probably had this infection for years, she will need more medicine.   The medical article said that if a horse is infested with neckworms, treating it will exacerbate the condition as it is healing.  The worm die-off is tough on the body.

So, I will treat her again – carefully – and support her nutritionally.

But, what I did notice was that her eye gack is almost totally gone!  (Constant Eye globs is a symptom of Neck Worms)  This is a mare who had a constant eye goober – all the time.  Now, she has had very little.  THAT is amazing!

I am confident we are on the right track!

I didn't have a photo of BG's clean eye, so instead I'm showing you Gwen peeking in at me as I was napping today. (I'm sleeping on an air mattress in the living room of the Grass Valley house, waiting for the hauler to transport the horses.)

I didn’t have a photo of BG’s clean eye, so instead I’m showing you Gwen peeking in at me as I was napping today. (I’m sleeping on an air mattress in the living room of the Grass Valley house, waiting for the hauler to transport the horses.)

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This mare was left at an auction yard with a horrible wound. Therefore she was rejection for slaughter sale. She languished at the facility without any aid. Imagine the flies! Luckily, Falcon Ridge Rescue rushed in to save her and start taking care of her severe wounds. They will feed and water her and bring her into their warm folds to recover.

This mare was left at an auction yard with a horrible wound. Therefore she was rejection for slaughter sale. She languished at the facility without any aid. Imagine the flies! Luckily, Falcon Ridge Rescue rushed in to save her and start taking care of her severe wounds. They will feed and water her and bring her into their warm folds to recover.


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