• Any experience with Cushings and chronic lowgrade laminitis?

    I have a 30 year old Cushingoid pony with chronic low level laminitis. He's been on pergolide for more than 10 years, and time is catching up to him - treatments are less and less effective. He's a good weight, has seasonal allergies in the summer only, and is still a happy guy. He has developed chronic low grade laminitis, which... show more
    I have a 30 year old Cushingoid pony with chronic low level laminitis. He's been on pergolide for more than 10 years, and time is catching up to him - treatments are less and less effective. He's a good weight, has seasonal allergies in the summer only, and is still a happy guy. He has developed chronic low grade laminitis, which I've treated as vet recommended - senior food, no grass, daily bute, daily pergolide, and daily small dose of acepromazine (opens blood vessels in/to feet to reduce inflammation). I'm considering switching him to a low starch/ low carb feed and seeing if that helps. Has anyone tried any of these? Did it help with laminitis? Which ones would you recommend? Any other suggestions for helping this pony?
    2 answers · Horses · 5 months ago
  • Using gates for stall walls?

    I have a large run-in shelter for my horses at pasture. There are three stalls, needed only for farrier visits, and the rest of the time just left open. The rest of the shelter I can clean with a front end loader, but the stalls must be done by hand. I'm considering replacing the interior partiticions and stall fronts with pipe gates, so... show more
    I have a large run-in shelter for my horses at pasture. There are three stalls, needed only for farrier visits, and the rest of the time just left open. The rest of the shelter I can clean with a front end loader, but the stalls must be done by hand. I'm considering replacing the interior partiticions and stall fronts with pipe gates, so they can all be removed for easier cleaning. Does anyone have any experience using pipe gates between stalls? Advantages/disadvantages? Chances of injury? Interested to hear your experiences.
    1 answer · Horses · 10 months ago
  • Injured deer... what would you do?

    An hour ago, I noticed a young deer (fawned this year, probably) eating my rose bushes. I got my camera to try to take a pic out the front window. Then I realized that it had a flail fracture of the front leg. The hoof and pastern were held onto the leg by a thread of hide, and were obviously frozen solid and dead. My best friend is a vet. I... show more
    An hour ago, I noticed a young deer (fawned this year, probably) eating my rose bushes. I got my camera to try to take a pic out the front window. Then I realized that it had a flail fracture of the front leg. The hoof and pastern were held onto the leg by a thread of hide, and were obviously frozen solid and dead. My best friend is a vet. I know these can't be fixed; I know that deer almost invariably die even when they treat them for tiny injuries because of the stress. I called the sheriff to come shoot it. He got here reasonably quickly... only to tell me they weren't allowed to shoot deer unless they were in the road and a hazard to traffic. He cared, but he couldn't do anything. My only neighbor who hunts is on vacation. None of the local humane societies will come for deer. So what's next? What would you do?
    15 answers · Horses · 2 years ago
  • Rocking Horses <3?

    I now have a grand-daughter! Hooray! Needless to say, she's going to be getting a rocking horse as soon as she's old enough - she's already met all my horses, and cooed and giggled over them. They were enthralled. So here's my question: If money were no object and you could have whatever rocking horse your little heart could... show more
    I now have a grand-daughter! Hooray! Needless to say, she's going to be getting a rocking horse as soon as she's old enough - she's already met all my horses, and cooed and giggled over them. They were enthralled. So here's my question: If money were no object and you could have whatever rocking horse your little heart could have desired, what rocking horse would you have wanted? And what would you want as your all time favorite? Rocking horse, Carousel horse, Horse pedal cart, whatever; what would you chose? Furred, wood, metal, plastic, fantasy or realistic, just what you like best. Links if you got 'em, please!
    3 answers · Horses · 5 years ago
  • Can you Help the American Veterinary Medicine Association (AVMA)?

    Recently, the AVMA advised that the CSA (Controlled Substances Administration) has reinterpreted the statute governing veterinarians carrying controlled substances off site to treat horses and other animals. It is no longer considered legal to carry controlled substances - including sedatives, anesthetics, and euthanasia solution - unless it is... show more
    Recently, the AVMA advised that the CSA (Controlled Substances Administration) has reinterpreted the statute governing veterinarians carrying controlled substances off site to treat horses and other animals. It is no longer considered legal to carry controlled substances - including sedatives, anesthetics, and euthanasia solution - unless it is a pre-filled, pre-planned dose. This means if they come to treat an emergency for your horse and it needs one of these, they won't have it on their truck. Your horse will have to wait while they go get it. If they come to your barn and your horse has a broken leg, they won't be able to euthanize it because they won't have the drugs in their truck. If it needs stitching up, too bad; they'll have to schedule an appointment, and bring the anesthetic back with them to do it later. Got a colic that needs palpation? Well, too bad. No sedatives on the truck. The DEA has already begun telling vets in some states that they are in violation. Hard to believe, isn't it? Here's the AVMA announcement: http://avmacan.avma.org/avma/issues/aler... Do you want this for your horse? The extra time, extra farm call fees, and unnecessary suffering for your horse while you wait? Fortunately, a bill has been introduced in Congress - the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act of 2013 (H.R. 1528), which would amend the CSA that currently prohibits veterinarians from transporting controlled substances to treat their animal patients outside of their registered locations: https://www.avma.org/news/pressroom/page... Can you help? Please let your congressman know you support this bill. If you click the "Take Action!" link on the page I've linked above, it'll tell you how. If you use their form, just be sure to change the line "I am writing as a member of the veterinary community" to "I am writing as a horse owner" or something similar. Please help.
    5 answers · Horses · 5 years ago
  • Stopping Political Phone Calls?

    Yes, I'm an independent voter in a swing state. No, I don't want to answer 4 surveys a day. No, I don't want to listen to another dozen recorded messages from the campaign or from the candidate. No, I'm not donating money to you. No, I don't want to leave what I'm doing to answer the phone only to find it's another... show more
    Yes, I'm an independent voter in a swing state. No, I don't want to answer 4 surveys a day. No, I don't want to listen to another dozen recorded messages from the campaign or from the candidate. No, I'm not donating money to you. No, I don't want to leave what I'm doing to answer the phone only to find it's another request for money, another survey, another recording. No, I don't want to banter with a person supporting a candidate. No, no, no. Is there any way to get these guys to leave me alone? A political do not call list? Anything?
    4 answers · Civic Participation · 6 years ago
  • Horse not Eating; any suggestions?

    I have a 30-35 year old Arabian mare. For the last week, she has not been eating her grain. I've offered different kinds, but she's just not interested. I've been monitoring her closely; her vitals and gut sounds are all good; she's been pooping regularly (diminishing amounts, as her intake has gone down); she pees normally... show more
    I have a 30-35 year old Arabian mare. For the last week, she has not been eating her grain. I've offered different kinds, but she's just not interested. I've been monitoring her closely; her vitals and gut sounds are all good; she's been pooping regularly (diminishing amounts, as her intake has gone down); she pees normally and is drinking water. Up until today she was eating a good bit of grass. I had the vet out today, and she said the same thing. Normal vitals, normal gut sounds. She palpated her; no indications of any issues. She examined her teeth and mouth thorougly. I had a fecal done; no problems with worms. The vet had a few suggestions, but didn't really know what was going on. We've put her on bute for 3 days in case it's due to pain from arthritis (major weather systems going through). If that doesn't work, we'll try banamine. Anyways, I was wondering if any of you had had similar problems, and if so, what happened? The mare's only known health problems are old age, arthritis, and Cushings. Any suggestions are welcome.
    9 answers · Horses · 6 years ago
  • Is your horse happy when you're riding it?

    How do you know? What are the signals that tell YOU that your horse is happy, or bored, or in pain? This is a horse doing Western Pleasure: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDcV_U5Vh... Do you think this horse is enjoying the ride? Is it a pleasure for her? Why or why not?
    How do you know? What are the signals that tell YOU that your horse is happy, or bored, or in pain? This is a horse doing Western Pleasure: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDcV_U5Vh... Do you think this horse is enjoying the ride? Is it a pleasure for her? Why or why not?
    22 answers · Horses · 8 years ago
  • Looking for date/time atomic wall clock?

    My parents both have Alzheimer's, and need help remembering what the day of the week is and what the actual date (including year) is. They get confused even as to what season it is. So I'm looking for an atomic wall clock (one of those ones that sets itself, cuz they can't reset a clock anymore) that has the day of the week, the date,... show more
    My parents both have Alzheimer's, and need help remembering what the day of the week is and what the actual date (including year) is. They get confused even as to what season it is. So I'm looking for an atomic wall clock (one of those ones that sets itself, cuz they can't reset a clock anymore) that has the day of the week, the date, the year, and the time on it. I can't find one anywhere. I'll buy over the internet if I can find one. Any ideas?
    4 answers · Other - Electronics · 8 years ago
  • What to do with this toad?

    I was digging around the barn today, and evidently I dug up a hibernating toad. What's the best thing to do with it? Bury it? Leave it in the grass? Leave it in the barn? Bring it in till it wakes up, then put it out on a warm day? I really don't want a pet toad. So what should I do with it? It's going to be 20F tonight,... show more
    I was digging around the barn today, and evidently I dug up a hibernating toad. What's the best thing to do with it? Bury it? Leave it in the grass? Leave it in the barn? Bring it in till it wakes up, then put it out on a warm day? I really don't want a pet toad. So what should I do with it? It's going to be 20F tonight, 40F tomorrow.
    6 answers · Other - Pets · 8 years ago
  • What to do with this toad?

    I was digging around the barn today, and evidently I dug up a hibernating toad. What's the best thing to do with it? Bury it? Leave it in the grass? Leave it in the barn? Bring it in till it wakes up, then put it out on a warm day? I really don't want a pet toad. So what should I do with it? It's going to be 20F... show more
    I was digging around the barn today, and evidently I dug up a hibernating toad. What's the best thing to do with it? Bury it? Leave it in the grass? Leave it in the barn? Bring it in till it wakes up, then put it out on a warm day? I really don't want a pet toad. So what should I do with it? It's going to be 20F tonight, 40F tomorrow.
    3 answers · Zoology · 8 years ago
  • Have you seen this video?

    A friend sent me a link to a colic video (takeoff). I thought it was hilarious! http://vimeo.com/7736541 or http://www.freecolicreport.com So, here's the question.... did you learn anything new from the video?
    A friend sent me a link to a colic video (takeoff). I thought it was hilarious! http://vimeo.com/7736541 or http://www.freecolicreport.com So, here's the question.... did you learn anything new from the video?
    9 answers · Horses · 9 years ago
  • Anyone seen Equine Narcolepsy?

    My 30 year old Arab has recently developed narcolepsy - she falls asleep without warning, and either falls or stands very strangely with her front legs braced apart and her head hanging below her knees, snoring. My vet says this is part of Cushing's syndrome; that her pituitary tumor is growing into the brain and causing this neurological... show more
    My 30 year old Arab has recently developed narcolepsy - she falls asleep without warning, and either falls or stands very strangely with her front legs braced apart and her head hanging below her knees, snoring. My vet says this is part of Cushing's syndrome; that her pituitary tumor is growing into the brain and causing this neurological problem. We've had her on Pergolide for that for years, and she's done very, very well on it. She's an excellent weight, she's retired at pasture with a runin and another ancient mare for company, and she still gallops to me when she sees me with the grain bucket, so I know she's still enjoying her life. I love this little mare; I've had her more than 20 years, and I want to do the best for her. My question is... has anyone had a horse with narcolepsy? How did it progress? Were you able to keep the horse injury free? Would you consider euthanasia now, or would you wait until something happens? Any suggestions for keeping her safer when she falls?
    4 answers · Horses · 9 years ago
  • Are Beagles hard to train?

    My son moved from the farm to NYC, and wanted a dog like he'd had most of his life. Not a little froo-froo dog, a real dog, but in miniature (just explaining his thinking, not putting down other dogs) so he got a beagle. She's adorable, but she's a handful. She is absolutely NOT a dog suited to apartment life, particularly with room... show more
    My son moved from the farm to NYC, and wanted a dog like he'd had most of his life. Not a little froo-froo dog, a real dog, but in miniature (just explaining his thinking, not putting down other dogs) so he got a beagle. She's adorable, but she's a handful. She is absolutely NOT a dog suited to apartment life, particularly with room mates. So now I have her. She's just so full of energy I don't know what to do with her. She's walked at least twice a day, about a mile each time. She can be on an outdoor run as much as she likes. I have no other dogs at the moment, but she loves to terroriz - ahh, that is, "play with" my cats. Unfortunately, that results in things breaking and lots of noise and barking. I'm not a dog person; I do horses and cats. I know she's real intelligent, as I've done some clicker training with her and she picks up tricks in nothing flat. The problem is, unless I've got a treat in my hand, she's absolutely uninterested in doing what she's told. What am I missing here? Is there some trick to beagles? She's about 9 months old; when will she calm down some? My last dog died a few months ago; he was ancient and in his last months was pretty much incontinent. Needless to say, the lingering aromas (which I can't smell) are encouraging her to piddle in inappropriate places. What can I do to discourage this? She is/was house trained, but is definitely backsliding. I really like this dog, she's a cutie, but I need some help getting her to where I can live with her without tearing my hair out. Any advice is appreciated.
    8 answers · Dogs · 9 years ago
  • Are bush cherries edible?

    I bought these about 5 years ago, but only this year are there enough to tempt me. I'm pretty sure the label said edible, but after all this time I don't want to trust the memory! So... are they edible?
    I bought these about 5 years ago, but only this year are there enough to tempt me. I'm pretty sure the label said edible, but after all this time I don't want to trust the memory! So... are they edible?
    2 answers · Garden & Landscape · 9 years ago
  • How Do I Prevent Birds Drowning in Water Trough?

    Every year, I have a problem with birds - I guess they go to take a dip in the water trough (or maybe they just fall in; IDK), and they can't get out so they drown. This leaves a disgusting mess for me to clean up, but worse yet it breaks my heart! This year, I tried floating a couple pieces of wood in the trough for them... and this... show more
    Every year, I have a problem with birds - I guess they go to take a dip in the water trough (or maybe they just fall in; IDK), and they can't get out so they drown. This leaves a disgusting mess for me to clean up, but worse yet it breaks my heart! This year, I tried floating a couple pieces of wood in the trough for them... and this evening I had yet another drowned stiff corpse. Anyone have any ideas to keep the birds from drowning?
    11 answers · Horses · 9 years ago
  • Black Tie Affair- How to Dress?

    My husband and son are going to an awards dinner to accept an award on behalf of our business. It's "black tie." What does that mean? Tux? Nice suit?
    My husband and son are going to an awards dinner to accept an award on behalf of our business. It's "black tie." What does that mean? Tux? Nice suit?
    5 answers · Etiquette · 10 years ago
  • Coffin Bone Surgery - Anyone had it done?

    My horse has gotten abscesses in one hoof off and on for 10 years which always responded well to medication. Last week, he got one that hasn't responded. The abscess erupted above the coronet, as usual, then 2 days later out the heel as well, and he was still lame, so I took him for Xrays. The vet says he's got an infection in the coffin... show more
    My horse has gotten abscesses in one hoof off and on for 10 years which always responded well to medication. Last week, he got one that hasn't responded. The abscess erupted above the coronet, as usual, then 2 days later out the heel as well, and he was still lame, so I took him for Xrays. The vet says he's got an infection in the coffin bone. On the Xray you could see a large chunk had eroded away. They're going to go in through the sole of the hoof, debride the coffin bone, and clear out all the infection and the affected bits. Has anyone out there had this surgery done on their horse? How did it go? Was recovery prolonged or real painful? Was the horse able to work after he's recovered? They say he'll need a "surgical plate" to protect the sole for a few months after surgery. Anyone had one of these? Suggestions or advice? Any information would be greatly appreciated.
    6 answers · Horse Racing · 10 years ago
  • Coffin Bone Surgery - Anyone had it done?

    My 25 year old horse has gotten abscesses in one hoof off and on for 10 years which always responded well to medication. Last week, he got one that hasn't responded. The abscess erupted above the coronet, as usual, then 2 days later out the heel as well, and he was still lame, so I took him for Xrays. The vet says he's got an infection... show more
    My 25 year old horse has gotten abscesses in one hoof off and on for 10 years which always responded well to medication. Last week, he got one that hasn't responded. The abscess erupted above the coronet, as usual, then 2 days later out the heel as well, and he was still lame, so I took him for Xrays. The vet says he's got an infection in the coffin bone. On the Xray you could see a large chunk had eroded away. They're going to go in through the sole of the hoof, debride the coffin bone, and clear out all the infection and the affected bits. Has anyone out there had this surgery done on their horse? How did it go? Was recovery prolonged or real painful? Was the horse able to work after he's recovered? Any information would be greatly appreciated.
    5 answers · Horses · 10 years ago