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Turn and Face the Strange (Change)

Turn and Face the Strange (Change)

I have a lot of fires going right now, and had several minor panic attacks about them all yesterday. So naturally, the best decision this morning is to sit here at work and write a quick post about lead changes. Because we all know how much I adore lead changes. Now Simon has some physical characteristics that I knew have historically made changes hard for him. We’ve got the bum right hock, wonky stifles and a weak hind end. He’s…

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Yo Horse’s Leg So Phat

Yo Horse’s Leg So Phat

Yo horse’s leg so phat you get a three week vacation. Oh snap! So – Simon saw the vet yesterday. This was a new vet to me, but I really liked him. He was patient, thorough and seemed respectful of my finances which is always appreciated. Anyway, you don’t exactly care about my impressions of the new vet so let’s move on to what’s wrong with Sir Simon Pants. The short answer is a strain to the suspensory. When I arrived at…

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Why I Like Equine Dentists

Why I Like Equine Dentists

Simon had his teefs done yesterday.  I was told he had a lovely mouth, and typically only needs routine stuff done.  This is great, because there are many other parts of his body that aren’t quite so lovely. The dentist said that some of the head flipping I’ve seen during my recent rides could be attributed to his teeth.  It had been 13 months, so they weren’t terrible by any means but he had some irritating rubbing on his tongue on…

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The Things That Try Us

The Things That Try Us

This is a new one for me.  I’m writing a blog post at midnight in the lounge at my barn.  By the time y’all are reading this it will be morning and hopefully everything will be mostly right as rain again.  Until then, let me write a little bit about my evening and how I came to be laying on the barn couch at midnight with my laptop.  This is going to be a long one with  few pictures, just…

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Equine VS

Equine VS

I’ve been waiting to post this until it was official, but I’m experiencing something brand new in my equestrian adventure… quarantine!  For those of you who haven’t heard, equine Vesicular Stomatitis is spreading through central Texas right now.  Here’s a little about the disease (from The University of Vermont): Vesicular Stomatitis is classified as a rhabdovirus since it has a bullet-like shape when examined under a microscope.  Signs and symptoms very closely resemble those of Hoof and Mouth disease, which…

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Fishing Expedition

Fishing Expedition

Having a show horse is like 100 hobbies in one.  One of them?  Fishing.  Not for actual fish of course, but for a lameness diagnosis… because when your horse is one hot mess like mine there isn’t always a clear answer. We headed to the vet on Friday afternoon with the goal of getting an ultrasound to diagnosis a suspensory and some x-rays to see if he has kissing spines or not.  I took away a lot more information than…

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Real Equine Professionals – Jennifer

Real Equine Professionals – Jennifer

I’m sure most of us have a huge respect for veterinarians.  After all, they help us with our beloved ponies in times of need.  In addition to the obvious, I think most horse owner know that being a vet can be a hard, thankless job.  With that in mind, I loved today’s interview from my buddy Jennifer! Who are you and what do you do? 🙂 My name is Jennifer Wickline and I am an equine veterinarian near Dallas, TX….

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Insurance for the Free Gimpy Horse

Insurance for the Free Gimpy Horse

When I first acquired Simon, I made a deal with my husband that I would only have a horse if I carried insurance on it.  We’re both hard core animal lovers and bleeding hearts, and we knew that if it came down to the choice of saving my horse or going into large amounts of debt… we’d probably go into large amounts of debt.  That scared him, so I assured him that insurance was the answer. Now over a year…

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Simon and the Sarcoid

Simon and the Sarcoid

A few months ago in late May, I noticed a scab on the outside of Simon’s front right fetlock.  He must have nicked it being Simon (because he’s constantly covered in various skin ailments and scabs and bites), and I gave no thought of it. A few days went by, and the scab was still there as well as was hard to pick off.  Weird, but it’s better not to go digging into my horse with my fingernails.  He probably…

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