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by goldhorse
Mon Dec 25, 2023 2:22 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Powering through to the end: November December Goals and Progress
Replies: 194
Views: 449830

Re: Powering through to the end: November December Goals and Progress

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Merry Christmas Everyone!
by goldhorse
Mon Nov 06, 2023 1:36 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Powering through to the end: November December Goals and Progress
Replies: 194
Views: 449830

Re: Powering through to the end: November December Goals and Progress

Not posting goals, but I have to say I love my girls. Yesterday proved it. I took my dogs on the trail yesterday. One is a lab/pitbull mix that is fast and loves to chase. The other looks like mostly Dobie, but bigger, and some kind of giant hound because he loves to scent, and he is all about grab...
by goldhorse
Sat Oct 21, 2023 5:05 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: September October, we go on and on.
Replies: 240
Views: 1293130

Re: September October, we go on and on.

It's got nothing to do with "tucking your pelvis under you." All that does is make you tighten your glutes and bounce around like an overinflated basketball. It has everything to do with opening your hips, riding up to the front of your saddle and carrying your upper body independent of y...
by goldhorse
Fri Oct 06, 2023 1:10 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: September October, we go on and on.
Replies: 240
Views: 1293130

Re: September October, we go on and on.

I am so sorry Tanga. It hurts so bad.
by goldhorse
Wed Jul 19, 2023 12:50 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Of fly spray and soaked saddle pads: July and August goals and progress
Replies: 275
Views: 1193142

Re: Of fly spray and soaked saddle pads: July and August goals and progress

Congratulations Aleuronx! That is awesome. I have been struggling with the heat. Friday it hit over 100 and I felt my heart racing during my lesson and I couldn't continue. Getting old sucks and having reached 65, I no longer can tolerate the heat. This weekend was brutal (over 105) so I stayed home...
by goldhorse
Mon Jul 03, 2023 2:08 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Springing into May and June - Goals and progress
Replies: 206
Views: 190864

Re: Springing into May and June - Goals and progress

Yeah Tanga! I am super impressed because 1) you rode 4 tests in a short time frame 2) you rode 2 horses that both needed warmups 3) you do this solo 4) THE HEAT!!! I hid inside today with the A/C. Yesterday, I almost fainted during my lesson. I couldn't even drink from my water bottle until I got my...
by goldhorse
Sat Jun 17, 2023 1:25 am
Forum: Rider health and fitness
Topic: Posture Fail
Replies: 3
Views: 5068

Re: Posture Fail

Sorry to say but no. A western saddle may not allow you to get into the same ear-shoulder-hip-ankle alignment but it shouldn't affect your posture from the waist up. Unless your saddle is causing you to roll your butt under and round your back. You're going to have to concentrate again on shoulders ...
by goldhorse
Sat May 27, 2023 12:41 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Springing into May and June - Goals and progress
Replies: 206
Views: 190864

Re: Springing into May and June - Goals and progress

Tanga wrote:
khall wrote:
Has anyone else used a band system before? Curious on your experiences.


I haven't used them, but some vet at my barn sold pretty much everyone on it.
Does that vet have the initials MK?
by goldhorse
Thu May 18, 2023 12:25 am
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Piggy's laminitis journey
Replies: 77
Views: 22908

Re: Piggy's laminitis journey

Piggy was officially discharged from UC Davis today!!! The lameness vet said that he is as sound as he's ever seen him (6+ years). He tried to nitpick the xrays (2 weeks past the last shoeing) and couldn't find a single thing to tell my farrier. The endocrinologist gave me some advice for going forw...
by goldhorse
Fri May 12, 2023 2:25 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge/ Cookbook Forum even Hot Topics
Topic: Coexistence
Replies: 8
Views: 3266

Re: Coexistence

I would love to go around with your "birder". Piggy has shown a low tolerance for sharing his space. At the previous boarding barn, there were a lot of peafowl. He would "herd" them in the arena and would even go out of his way to attack them if they crossed his space. He once wa...
by goldhorse
Fri May 12, 2023 2:21 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge/ Cookbook Forum even Hot Topics
Topic: Retirement and staying useful
Replies: 6
Views: 3057

Retirement and staying useful

The original goldhorse, Junior, has just turned 23. He's been retired for a very long time due to navicular, low ringbone, and arthritis everywhere. He recently lost his roommate so I've been spending more time with him. A new trainer approached me about using Piggy for some low level lessons. I ste...
by goldhorse
Tue May 09, 2023 2:49 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge/ Cookbook Forum even Hot Topics
Topic: Coexistence
Replies: 8
Views: 3266

Coexistence

I think this may be the same bird that built a nest in Piggy's stall last spring. It was very territorial then. Right now there is peace between the two.
by goldhorse
Sat Apr 08, 2023 1:42 am
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Suspensory Injury
Replies: 8
Views: 2710

Re: Suspensory Injury

I beg to differ with Mountaineer's advice. I think it is important to stress the tissue during the rehab so that the new tissue fibers are laid down in the correct orientation instead of amorphous mess. I have seen many rehabs done too gingerly and the new tissue isn't strong enough and gets reinjur...
by goldhorse
Tue Mar 28, 2023 1:44 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge/ Cookbook Forum even Hot Topics
Topic: Do horses grieve?
Replies: 4
Views: 2529

Do horses grieve?

My old retiree's roommate, Woody, was put down today. Junior was always alpha over Woody and I didn't think he was very bonded to him. Woody, however, bellowed nonstop whenever Junior left their paddock. Today, Junior watched the euthanasia from afar. Later I walked him past the body but not near an...
by goldhorse
Wed Mar 08, 2023 2:29 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Sports Bras...
Replies: 9
Views: 3400

Re: Sports Bras...

I am well endowed. My current go to sports bra is this one https://knix.com/collections/activewear/products/catalyst-sports-bra-circuit I like that the straps are easily adjustable, no underwire, and the cups are lined with some kind of foam material so it keeps the girls in place without having to ...
by goldhorse
Mon Mar 06, 2023 2:13 am
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Piggy's laminitis journey
Replies: 77
Views: 22908

Re: Piggy's laminitis journey

No more dressage shows. Nannette retired from that after 25 years. She is moving into Working Equitation and there will be 3 shoes for that. Also many clinics. Come to those!
by goldhorse
Sun Mar 05, 2023 1:24 am
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Piggy's laminitis journey
Replies: 77
Views: 22908

Re: Piggy's laminitis journey

Yahooey! Usually starting canter work in the wettest winter in 160 years would not be cause for celebration, but yeah, woohoo! I am very fortunate that the footing at my facility drains quickly. At least one arena is ride-able 1 day after a storm. You just have to get your ride in before they roll ...
by goldhorse
Sat Mar 04, 2023 6:43 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Piggy's laminitis journey
Replies: 77
Views: 22908

Re: Piggy's laminitis journey

We have canter!!!! He's very out of shape and can't hold it for a full lap of a dressage court but he's willing to try when he's asked for a depart. So willing that there's a lot of "can we canter now? how about now? you shifted a seatbone so how about now?" Now to build up endurance and s...
by goldhorse
Sat Feb 18, 2023 1:40 am
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Piggy's laminitis journey
Replies: 77
Views: 22908

Re: Piggy's laminitis journey

Blood work came back. His insulin is almost in the normal range :D :D However, his Cushings stimulation test was mildly positive so he's to start on Prascend. The current thinking is that this bout of laminitis was started by having mild PPID. One more week of trot and then we start canter. He's alr...
by goldhorse
Thu Feb 09, 2023 2:20 am
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Piggy's laminitis journey
Replies: 77
Views: 22908

Re: Piggy's laminitis journey

Excellent vet recheck today. Xrays show that everything is stable in his feet and they like what my farrier is doing. We have made it to 10 minutes of trot work this week and he's staying sound (as sound as a horse with laminitis will be). So we are allowed to add 2 more minutes of trot per week and...
by goldhorse
Mon Jan 16, 2023 2:02 am
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Piggy's laminitis journey
Replies: 77
Views: 22908

Re: Piggy's laminitis journey

The strangles outbreak is officially over. Insert happy dance gif here :lol: Piggy got it on 11/27 and got a negative PCR test this week. No new cases since 12/19 so I think we're clear. But I'm keeping my old retired gelding under semi-quarantine conditions for a few more weeks just to be safe. Dur...
by goldhorse
Fri Dec 23, 2022 12:44 am
Forum: Tack, Apparel, Facilities and Transportation
Topic: Le Mieux saddle pads?
Replies: 11
Views: 3945

Re: Le Mieux saddle pads?

I have a bunch of LeMieux pads. They are the best pad that I've tried. My dark purple one has faded in the sun but then everything fades in the California sun.
by goldhorse
Mon Dec 05, 2022 3:31 am
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Piggy's laminitis journey
Replies: 77
Views: 22908

Re: Piggy's laminitis journey

Well we got up to 2 minutes of trot work which was going great and then Strangles. It was brought in by a mare that went to a renowned private vet hospital for a colic and was there for 5 days. She came back and then developed symptoms. This sh!t spreads like wildfire. I have a Ph.D in a biological ...
by goldhorse
Fri Nov 11, 2022 2:09 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge/ Cookbook Forum even Hot Topics
Topic: Tell us about YOU.
Replies: 223
Views: 213758

Re: Tell us about YOU.

Welcome Starrynight. I hope you enjoy it here.
by goldhorse
Thu Nov 10, 2022 6:31 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Piggy's laminitis journey
Replies: 77
Views: 22908

Re: Piggy's laminitis journey

Vet said nothing about icing. He is insistent though that all work be done on arena footing.
by goldhorse
Thu Nov 10, 2022 4:51 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Piggy's laminitis journey
Replies: 77
Views: 22908

Re: Piggy's laminitis journey

Yeah Piggy! Are you going to change his name since he “lost the excess weight”? :lol: . Also congratulations to you for all your work (and worry). Piggy is short for Piglet of the Winnie-the-Pooh books and was never intended to be derogatory. It has morphed into Pig, Piggy, Piggly-Wiggly, and curre...
by goldhorse
Thu Nov 10, 2022 4:14 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Piggy's laminitis journey
Replies: 77
Views: 22908

Re: Piggy's laminitis journey

Had a recheck yesterday. Trotted sound on the pavement. Lost his excess weight.
CLEARED TO BEGIN TROTTING!!!!
Starting with a whopping 1 minute and adding 1 minute per week.
Next recheck in 3 months.
by goldhorse
Fri Oct 28, 2022 12:55 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Transition to fall: September-October Goals and Progress
Replies: 231
Views: 79911

Re: Transition to fall: September-October Goals and Progress

Chisamba, I hope your healing is going well. I had a total knee replacement done in 2016. It was life changing. I hope your new hip gives you as much happiness as my new knee has given me. Praise be to modern medicine and going bionic.
by goldhorse
Fri Oct 14, 2022 2:50 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Piggy's laminitis journey
Replies: 77
Views: 22908

Re: Piggy's laminitis journey

Chisamba, I hope your mare is doing better. Please keep us updated.
by goldhorse
Wed Oct 12, 2022 12:48 am
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Piggy's laminitis journey
Replies: 77
Views: 22908

Re: Piggy's laminitis journey

He is looking quite svelte. Well done Looks are deceiving. He has put on 20 kilos since this all started. :shock: I think the scale at the vet hospital needs to be recalibrated because I don't believe it. Ribs are now easily seen. Neck is skinnier. Fat pads by his tail are gone. It's on my list to ...
by goldhorse
Mon Oct 10, 2022 11:13 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Piggy's laminitis journey
Replies: 77
Views: 22908

Re: Piggy's laminitis journey

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Sacrificial trainer up for the first ride. Turns out that was totally unnecessary as we predicted.
by goldhorse
Mon Oct 10, 2022 3:45 am
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Body Clippers-What brand?
Replies: 23
Views: 6766

Re: Body Clippers-What brand?

Clipping wet is great. My barn manager does it after a bath with a conditioning shampoo. E3 Argan OIl shampoo puts a nice finish on the coat and the clippers really slide right through it.
by goldhorse
Fri Sep 23, 2022 12:34 am
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Piggy's laminitis journey
Replies: 77
Views: 22908

Re: Piggy's laminitis journey

Cleared to start walking under saddle after the next set of shoes. So maybe 3 weeks-ish.
Sound at the trot at his vet recheck yesterday. :D :D :D :D :D
by goldhorse
Wed Sep 07, 2022 1:06 am
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Piggy's laminitis journey
Replies: 77
Views: 22908

Re: Piggy's laminitis journey

We got shoes on him and he's very very happy. I had a long discussion with my farrier, Moses Gonzales, Jr., who is the son of one of the best farriers in N. Calif. Quelah should recognize the name. We decided to go with Natural Balance with a pad and packing. Moses was adamant that the toes had to b...
by goldhorse
Tue Aug 09, 2022 2:46 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Piggy's laminitis journey
Replies: 77
Views: 22908

Re: Piggy's laminitis journey

Goldhorse I don't know if it would be doable for you but if they don't find you a good replacement farrier, I'll recommend Kelly Vella at Pioneer. She's been doing mine for more than 10 years and her mentor for more than a decade before that. IOWs I've been hauling my horses to Oakdale to get their...
by goldhorse
Tue Aug 09, 2022 12:42 am
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Piggy's laminitis journey
Replies: 77
Views: 22908

Re: Piggy's laminitis journey

Quick driveby. I've been absent from this board so please excuse me for not commenting on other threads. We were due for a recheck on the 15th. My appointment got cancelled on Thursday and I heard that the Davis farrier had given notice. So I'm currently up a creek without a paddle. None of my local...
by goldhorse
Tue Jul 26, 2022 12:45 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge/ Cookbook Forum even Hot Topics
Topic: RIP Pro A Resolute
Replies: 19
Views: 5159

Re: RIP Pro A Resolute

I am so sorry exvet. That is very hard to bear.
by goldhorse
Sat Jul 16, 2022 2:11 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Piggy's laminitis journey
Replies: 77
Views: 22908

Re: Piggy's laminitis journey

I think it's because 1) he's on a reduced amount of hay, maybe 12 lbs max 2) soaking the hay removes a lot of stuff other than sugars and carbs 3) they want to make sure his vitamin/mineral/protein needs are met. 4) I haven't found them to be super knowledgeable about the products out there. They ha...
by goldhorse
Wed Jul 13, 2022 1:28 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Piggy's laminitis journey
Replies: 77
Views: 22908

Re: Piggy's laminitis journey

His current diet is grass hay soaked for 30-45 minutes, 1 lb of Triple Crown 30 ration balancer, 2000 IU natural Vitamin E, Formula 4 Feet, 1 scoop Thyro-L, and some table salt since he won't touch a salt lick. Our grass hay hovers around 10-11% sugars + carbs. 10% is the usual cutoff for a laminiti...
by goldhorse
Wed Jul 13, 2022 2:51 am
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Piggy's laminitis journey
Replies: 77
Views: 22908

Re: Piggy's laminitis journey

Wow, 5 weeks went by before I knew it and we went in for another recheck. Xrays showed that everything is holding steady and his new hoof growth is adopting a more normal anatomy around P3. Shoes were redone and the farrier was now able to really dig out some seedy toe that is common in laminitic ho...
by goldhorse
Thu Jun 30, 2022 11:07 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Piggy's laminitis journey
Replies: 77
Views: 22908

Re: Piggy's laminitis journey

I moved the rideable horse to MarVal to join the retired one. I still live in the East Bay but at least I no longer worry about my horse dying in a wildfire.
by goldhorse
Thu Jun 30, 2022 2:12 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Piggy's laminitis journey
Replies: 77
Views: 22908

Re: Piggy's laminitis journey

Quelah, our grass hay tests at 10-11%. That isn't low enough for PIggy. We still have to soak it for 45 minutes.
Please send me the info on the Teff hay. Our barn manager is actively shopping for it right now. Lodi isn't too far from Dixon.
by goldhorse
Wed Jun 29, 2022 1:08 am
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Piggy's laminitis journey
Replies: 77
Views: 22908

Re: Piggy's laminitis journey

Insulin lab work is back. He is still out of the normal range but had fallen quite a bit. 78 to 38. (<20 is normal) Highest had been over 200! So we'll keep doing what we're doing. The barn manager is trying to scrounge up some teff hay but the first cutting won't be until July so he's only finding ...
by goldhorse
Sun Jun 26, 2022 1:03 am
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Piggy's laminitis journey
Replies: 77
Views: 22908

Re: Piggy's laminitis journey

Piggy is doing great. His hooves are still growing at an amazing rate. Grow Baby Grow!! I switched to using a rope halter when hand walking because he was feeling like a tightly coiled spring. He always rolls during our hand walks and I am afraid that he was going to stand up, shake, and explode. So...
by goldhorse
Wed Jun 15, 2022 2:56 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Piggy's laminitis journey
Replies: 77
Views: 22908

Re: Piggy's laminitis journey

Are there specific surfaces you're supposed to walk him on? Soft footing. Once a week I've been taking him out to the dressage court to watch a lesson. It's a about a 5 minute round trip and it gives him some mental stimulation. ETA: Think of it this way. His coffin bone is not well attached to his...
by goldhorse
Wed Jun 15, 2022 2:10 am
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Piggy's laminitis journey
Replies: 77
Views: 22908

Piggy's laminitis journey

We went back to Davis today for a recheck at 5 weeks. The vet and farrier were very pleased at how sound he was at the walk and his ability to pivot on both of his front feet. Xrays showed a remarkable amount of new growth-2 cm!!!! The farrier was ecstatic that he had such a thick sole now to work w...
by goldhorse
Thu May 26, 2022 2:50 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: April showers bring May flowers and June bugs. Our goals and progress thread
Replies: 384
Views: 127400

Re: April showers bring May flowers and June bugs. Our goals and progress thread

Chisamba, I clinic with Erica Poseley. She's had both hips replaced. She surfs, is an avid skier, a black belt in some martial art, and a 4th level rider. And she's over 70! I know a zillion riders that have had a hip replacement. Hell, I had my knee replaced and got back on as soon as i could. Ever...
by goldhorse
Fri May 20, 2022 2:36 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: April showers bring May flowers and June bugs. Our goals and progress thread
Replies: 384
Views: 127400

Re: April showers bring May flowers and June bugs. Our goals and progress thread

Driveby update here. Piggy is doing just fine. Like so fine that the little stinker saw the unlocked gate today while I was picking his stall and exited to find some grass down the way. At least he didn't bolt like he usually does. What is very interesting is that I swear that on 3 days of soaked ha...
by goldhorse
Wed May 18, 2022 12:18 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge/ Cookbook Forum even Hot Topics
Topic: Neighbor's dog killed my beloved cat. An update.
Replies: 33
Views: 6899

Re: Neighbor's dog killed my beloved cat. An update.

I went the catio route after seeing a coyote run by my house at 9 am with a cat in its mouth. We used a system like this so we could fence in a large unused part of our yard. https://www.deerbusters.com/fence-kits/cat-fence-kits/cat-fence-systems/kitty-corral-cat-fence-system-6-x-100/ One thing that...

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