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UPDATE ON ARIA, OUR MAY BUCKET FUND FILLY – SHE HAS HER DYNASPLINT!






Yesterday, Aria was fitted with her leased DynaSplint!

The idea is to keep her from having to go through invasive surgery if a splint could work.

(To read Aria’s story, click here.)

Can you believe Aria kicking up her heels like this!!  She's a regular filly - feeling good.

This series was taken the day before her splint arrived.  Can you believe Aria kicking up her heels like this!! She’s a regular filly – feeling good.

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Here she is snortybucking.

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Doing the quick turn at the fence…

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And back to run around the stall…

This is Aria's horribly contracted right front leg.

This is Aria’s horribly contracted right front leg.

THE SPLINT ARRIVED AND WAS FITTED!

So, with your donations (Thank you), we paid for the lease of Aria’s splint!  It arrived on Monday and was fitted immediately by their local vet.

This is another great thing about the DynaSplint system – not only can you lease the units, but DynaSplint has created videos so most ordinary vets can apply them correctly.

I must add, the woman at DynaSplint who worked with me to take payment and fill out the lease contract was very, very helpful… she answered my myriad of questions and seemed quite knowledgeable and kind towards the animals in her care.

As an aside, I’m going to ask her tomorrow if Tess could benefit on her good leg by wearing a support brace… Hmmmm.

Click image to go to the website.

Click image to go to the website.

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The tiny splint is applied by the local vet after receiving video training.

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They were able to send an instant video back to DynaSplint to make sure they had the device affixed correctly.

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Aria makes a few rounds with the vet in tow.

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Soon she will be a pro! Hours of wear and tension are adjusted daily until she is at 12 hours and the proper tension for her affliction.

NO IMMEDIATE FIX – IT TAKES TIME

Aria was a bit wonky with the brace to start – which is to be expected.  The splint is worn longer each day until it gets up to 12 hours.  Also, the tension is tightened daily until it is where it needs to be.

So, wonky is how they all start out…

Her style splint, The Extension Dynasplint System, is primarily used to treat contractures of the carpus.  It works by applying a low-load prolonged duration stretch, gently pushing the knee backward, and in turn stretching and supporting soft tissues to achieve correction. This Dynasplint System can also be used for support of the tarsus and carpus.

Success stories for contracted tendons.

Success stories for contracted tendons.

BUT CONTRACTED TENDONS ISN’T ALL THEY DO!!

USES FOR SPLINTS FROM DYNASPLINT (no affiliation)

Splints aren’t really on my radar.  Hopefully, they are on vet’s radar… But, I wonder how many applications for splints go – unknown.

I spent some time looking at DynaSplint’s website.

Wow… I had no idea the number of uses for Splints in equines.

I think it is important to pass this around so owners know of options for their horses.

Here is a list of different splint uses that I garnered from the DynaSplint website:

–Congenital or Acquired carpal contractures (over at the knee)
–Partial Immobilization (laceration over the front of the knee)
–Ruptured ligaments and tendons of the carpus and tarsus (Gastronemus Rupture, Collateral ligament damage)
–Support of dominant weight-bearing limbs
–Radial nerve paralysis
–Fractured growth plates/cuboidal bones
–Can relieve pressure from dismature carpal and tarsal bones
–Incomplete ossification of cuboidal/tarsal bones
–Ruptured collateral ligaments
–Peroneus tertius ruptures
–Can provide medial to lateral stability of the tarsus
–Congenital or acquired fetlock contractures
–Congenital or acquired flexural laxity of the fetlock
–Post-surgical/post injury soft tissue contractures
–Ruptured/lacerated tendons/ligaments (flexors, extensors, collateral, suspensory)
–Luxated or subluxated joint
–Radial nerve paralysis
–Congenital Deep Digital Flexor Tendon contractures
–Acquired Deep Digital Flexor Tendon contractures (club feet)
–Can be used post surgical check ligament desmotomy

 

Amazing results!  I'm sure the owners felt hopeless until they learned about DynaSplint.  I had no idea...

Amazing results! I’m sure the owners felt hopeless until they learned about DynaSplint. I had no idea…

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So HOORAY for Aria!!  Let’s hope it does the trick!

Let’s keep pulling for her and hoping that this will work and she will not need surgery!

If you’d like to donate for Aria’s continued vet bills (for regular fittings and adjustments) please click here and Thank You!

Bucket Fund Aria has her brace!!  I will have pics and story tomorrow!

Bucket Fund Aria has her brace!! I will have pics and story tomorrow!


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CONTINUTING THE HAY CONVERSATION and WHAT I HAVE FOUND TO FEED MY HORSES WHO CANNOT EAT HAY… (may be an option for some of you)






Wow!  Yesterday’s topic of ‘the price of hay where you live’ really lit up the switchboard.

Clearly, the price of hay is a hot topic for those of us on the West Coast and Florida.  I found out that California, Oregon, Washington and Western Canada growers all ship to Japan and/or grow subsidized corn.  Many in Nevada as well – and Utah.

Ugh.

THE MOST POPULAR SUGGESTION

The most popular suggestion I heard all day was to get together with some girlfriends, rent a flatbed and drive to another state to pick up hay.

So, Hubby and I did some basic research into neighboring states.  My neighboring states would be Nevada (already pretty high in price), Oregon (same situation as Northern CA), Utah or New Mexico.

Both Utah and New Mexico have hay but it is in small squares or rolls.  We priced a trip to Utah.  One night in a hotel, basic food and fuel plus the rental of the flatbed.  After it was all worked out, we figured we might save $1 a bale.  Of course, if we were actually in Utah, we might find better deals on hay, but from what we found on the Internet, even thought the trip might be fun –  it wasn’t much of a savings.

Yikes!

This could be me!  I have a Dodge dually and I would happily rent a flatbed and drive to another state - however, it probably wouldn't save much due to the price of fuel...

This could be me! I have a Dodge dually and I would happily rent a flatbed and drive to another state – however, it probably wouldn’t save much due to the price of fuel…

AND THEN I THOUGHT ABOUT THE PONIES…THEY DON’T EVEN EAT HAY…

HMMMMMM.  Maybe there is a way to replace the hay?…

I then thought about my two ponies who hardly eat hay because one of them has no teeth.  While doing research, I did find many compressed and chopped hay options in the feed stores.  I ended up with this combination that seems to work really well.

I feed one Shetland per month:

Beet Pulp $15, Timothy Hay Pellets $16, Renew Gold 1/2 bag per month $13, Equion $6, Chia $10, Psyllium $12 = $72/mo.

If I fed them hay, they’d get 3 bales a month which would be $75/mo (plus I’d still give them the Psyllium, Chia and Equion).

So, the beet pulp, timothy hay pellets and Renew Gold plus the other is actually less expensive than hay!

This is what I feed my toothless Shetlands. ( I always add water. ) They look great!  Fat and happy.

This is what I feed my toothless Shetlands. ( I always add water. ) They look great! Fat and happy.

These are my bags of timothy pellets and Renew Gold.

These are my bags of timothy pellets and Renew Gold.

SO WHAT ABOUT A REGULAR SIZED HORSE?  Well… Tess LOVES HER COOLSTANCE! and SHE LOOKS GREAT!   (No affiliation – I wish!)

Mama Tess  has to be fed only low starch, low sugar feed – which is hard to find.  I soak her hay and she’s really tired of it.  She was thin and the Founder Warrior commented.  She asked if I could ‘up her hay’.  I told the FW that Tess had free choice hay but she rarely finished what I put out there.

Hmmmmm.

Since the ponies loved Renew Gold, I did some research and found  CoolStance. I wrote about testing CoolStance a while back (linked here – it has all the info on CoolStance).

Anyway, I decided to start MT on Coolstance in addition to what I had been feeding her.

CoolStance made a huge difference!

MT has filled out exactly enough.  The Founder Warrior thinks she looks fabulous, has great dappling, and her topline is perfect.  I can pour it on anything and MT will gobble it up!  I’ve given her meds in soaked CoolStance and she eats it all!

Myy moderately thin horses have all tested the CoolStance…  All of them love it!  I just don’t understand why some people say it isn’t palatable.   Gosh, mine lick their bowls.  But you have to add a lot of water – make it mushy.

The tough part is finding CoolStance.  It comes from Australia and not that many feed stores carry it.  But, if you can get it, a little bit goes a long way(Here is the store locator page)

*IMPORTANT NOTE:  I found that when I first started feeding Tess the CoolStance, her manure was too dry.  So, I made sure to mix the CoolStance with double the water.  And, I give her psyllium.  I think the psyllium is a good idea for any stalled (low mobility) horse…

This is my CoolStance...

This is my CoolStance…

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And this is the product photo.

PRICE COMPARISON BETWEEN MY HORSES WHO EAT HAY AND TESS WHO EATS COOLSTANCE AND BEET PULP

This is the feed bill breakdown for Tess per month:

CoolStance, 3/4 bag = $30, 2 bags Beet Pulp = $30, Mixed Grass Pellets 1 bag $15, Chia Seed $20, Enzion Hoof Supplement $20, Psyllium powder $15, Hay (she only eats about 2 bales a month) $50.

Total feed bill per month for Tess:  $180

One other of my regular sized horses eats per month:

1 bag Beet Pulp $15, 2 bags timothy pellets $34, Chia Seed $20, Equion $22, Psyllium powder $15, Grass Hay (5 bales a month) $125

Total feed bill for my other regular sized horse per month:  $231

So, I am actually spending less to feed Tess and she looks great!  I think the CoolStance is a fine product if you can find it…  AGAIN, I have no affiliation but wish I did.

This is Tess tonight, eating her assemblage of mushy food.  She loves the CoolStance.  I can put it on anything (YOU MUST ADD LOTS OF WATER) and she gobbles it up.  so does Scouty.  You can see her in the background, eating what Tess spilled on her Theraplate.

This is Tess tonight, eating her assemblage of mushy food. She loves the CoolStance. I can put it on anything (YOU MUST ADD LOTS OF WATER) and she gobbles it up. So does Scouty. You can see her in the background, eating what Tess spilled on her Theraplate.  Anyway, Tess looks like a very healthy and filled-out 24 year old mare!

MY BIG IDEA…

As I was fuming about the price of hay and the fact that there is no competition, I had an idea…  What if there was a non-profit that grew hay to supplement their community horses?

What do you think?

 

 

Bucket Fund Aria's brace arrived.  She will be fitted today!

Bucket Fund Aria’s brace arrived. She will be fitted today!


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