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Gwen’s diagnosis!






You know when you think you really don’t need to call the vet… but then you think, “What if I”m wrong…”.

That is exactly what happened to me with Gwen yesterday.

I thought I knew what the crust on her ladyparts meant… but then I couldn’t remember specifically except I seem to remember this happening before with someone and it wasn’t anything to worry about –  I thought, but wasn’t sure.

Then, with her hock bump… Well, I knew that she had been kicked three weeks ago and that the swelling was gone (except for the bump) and she could bear weight.  (At that time, the vet said nothing was broken and to keep her activity to a minimum until it healed.)

I did my online research and felt that this new bump was a ‘capped hock’.  In which case, there was nothing to be done unless I needed to fix the cosmetic bulge – which I didn’t.

However… what if I was wrong and it was an infection…?!

Even though I kinda thought that both issues were non-issues; I also doubted myself and thought I’d never forgive myself if she actually had some sort of infection in either spot.

So, I called the vet.

He came out.

In 5 minutes, just by looking at her, he told me:

–The vulva crust is because she’s an older mare who has less ability to digest alfalfa correctly, so I should stop giving her alfalfa/orchard blend and stick with straight grass.  (I was feeding her the alfalfa because I wanted her to keep weight during winter.  I swear, I am not sure alfalfa has done anything good for my horses – ever…)  The crust was nothing to worry about and would clear up as soon as I quit feeding her alfalfa.

OK.  Done

–The hock bump was indeed a ‘capped hock’.   A capped hock is the bursa near the joint that is swollen and inflamed.  It will probably never get any better… but it isn’t an infection and it won’t get worse.  She’s bearing full weight on it.   The bump is purely cosmetic, at this point.  There is really nothing to be done.   *Note:  If you get a capped hock and you want to show your horse, there are immediate remedies that do help that lump go down.  If you go online, there are lots of tutorials on how to reduce a capped hock, if you catch it quickly.

And then I wrote the check.  Relieved and a bit lighter in the pocketbook.

MORAL OF THE STORY…

I’d do it again.  Peace of mind is very valuable.

Gwen walking for the vet – showing how she puts full weight on the left rear.

 


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An Alternative (and I think MUCH SAFER) Tying Method For A Rope Halter. PLEASE FORWARD.






I found this You Tube video and am very grateful.  I’ve always used leather halters because at least I know they will break in emergencies.  That has been my fear with rope halters… if the horse pulls, falls, or heaven forbid, snags their head on something, the rope halter will tighten to the point of a binding knot, never to release again.

This man, Troy Griffith, is showing us a new way.  Tying a rope halter like this will guarantee that it will never bind or tighten around a horse’s neck.

In case you aren’t able to play this video:

  1.  Put the rope halter around the horse’s head as you normally would.
  2. Instead of putting the rope end through the loop from the back, put the end through the loop from the front.

Place halter on horse normally – but instead of putting the end through the loop from behind, put the end through the loop from in front.

3.  Then put the end back through the split in the poll piece.

Split the poll piece with the end.

4.  Adjust by lifting up on the end.

Adjust by lifting the end.

5.  Then tie as usual.

Then tie as usual.

6.  And no matter how much force is put on either end, the halter will not tighten.  The knot stays as it was.

No matter how much force is put on either end, the knot does not tighten.

7.  The knot slides right out – easily undone.

Even after all of that force, the knot slides out easily.

And there you have it!

I love the horse’s expression after the tutorial.  “Are we DONE yet?!”

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE.

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