Red was very pleased with his new horse collar. While he has always presented his nose for the halter, he also has seemed quite relieved when the halter was removed. One night I came across the horse neck collar while scanning Country Supply. Thought it would be a nice alternative to heavy, stiff, wet halters in stormy weather. After 2 1/2 years Red is very consistent about giving to pressure and dealing with being tied. I believe the collar is a safe option for him. Boy, what a far cry from 2 1/3 years ago when I would get him from the GP and he pranced circles around me, screaming for his herd. Sometimes I actually used a stud chain. Yuck! Thank you natural horsemanship training methods. Thank you Red!
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
. . . Red noticed that his beloved Coal with muching down on something tasty.
"Hmmmm, what's that you got Coalie Sweets?"
That Red Horse mosied right over and saw that Coal had the salt lick ALL TO HERSELF.
Red wanted some, so he just pushed his sweetie right on out of the way.
"Come on Red Horse, share some with me," pleaded the beautiful Coal.
"MINE!" BACK OFF!!! What a greedy Red Horse.
That Coalie girl spun around and . . . thought she'd try a little flirting to
distract mean Red Horse from the salt. It IS Spring, afterall.
. . . he saw me out of the corner of his eye. HEY! Its MOM! Oh yay, time to eat dinner.
"I'm ready mom, here I come."
"HEY! Where you headed to? I'm over HERE!
You gotta be kidding me? Lyra? You're looking for that silly mare again?
But I'm ready to go eat my dinner NOW!"
But I'm ready to go eat my dinner NOW!"
No Lyra on the West side of the pasture.
"Sweet Grass, where is Lyra?"
There she is, in the very farthest corner of the pasture.
"Fine, you got her, can we go already? I'll meet you at the gate."
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Red looks VEERRRRYYYY pleased with his belly scratch in this video from Summer, 2008. I really never thought much about the raised, scabby spots along the midline of his belly. Figured they came from fly bites and were no big deal.
Well, thanks to Chocomare and her thread on Chronicle of the Horse (COTH) about neck thread worms, I'm thinking Red's summer itchiness may be something pretty significant that demands immediate attention. Here is the thread - get a cup of coffee or tea and settle in for over 54 pages. Did I say NECK THREAD WORMS? EEEUUUUWWWWWWWW!!! GROSS!!!! Until a couple of hours ago, I'd never heard of them. Here is what I've learned so far:
1. The scientific name for neck thread worms is Onchocerca. According to Dr. Robert Ogelsby, Onchocerca is a "parasitic filarial worm (nematode)." The adults live in the connective tissues of horses. There are four different types of onchocerca - Onchocerca Reticula prefers the suspensory tendon and flexor ligament where it can cause swelling and lameness. Onchocera Cerviculus hangs out in the ligmentun luchae. Their larvae, or microfilariae, are ingested by gnats and midges and then spread from horse to horse.
2. The hores's reactions to these nasties and their larvae can cause havoc ranging from mild irritiaton, scurf, lesions, swelling, and even unsoundness. Sometimes the microfilaria migrate into the eye of the horse. Some believe this is implicated in some forms of uveitis. While sweet itch is a distinct and separate condition, the midline dermatitus caused by neck thread worms is often misdiagnosed as sweet itch.
3. Treatment. Here things get a bit dicey. Some worming protocols state that regular worming with ivermectin will kill the larvae of neck thread worms and that there is no way to kill the adults. Blech! If you check out the COTH thread, you will read about many people finding success with a double (by weight) worming with Equimax, repeated in two weeks. The Federal Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of ivermectin and praziquantel oral paste for the treatment of dermatitis caused by neck threadworm microfilariae. However, the COTH thread's suggested dosage was established by antedotal accounts of success treatements.
So for Red? I just ordered many tubes of Equimax from Country Supply. If you are interested, here are some additional links so you can research this for yourselves:
Friday, March 20, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Visit Skywatch to enjoy photos of skies from around the world.
In the Spring, thousands of daffodils bloom in the pastures of Humboldt County.
How did they get there?
Fortuna, a local community, even has its own
Tamara's beloved endurance partner. He is currently in the hospital being treated for a small intestine impaction. Surgery is not an option. Prayer is. Please light a candle for this talented horse and rider and jingle healing energy to bring him through into full health.
Gaaaaaaaa! I'm home sick for day # 5. I've caught one kick-butt case of bronchitis. Been to the doctor, started a Z pack, and it is starting to budge this nasty stuff. Seems like every Spring this crud settles into my lungs. Any favorite oldy time healing tricks for this nasty bug? Red and Lyra will sure thank you cuz I've actually been too sick to gather them from the general pasture for their nightly meal. Red is just fine (but you know he is pretty dang miffed). Lyra was just hovering on the very edge of acceptable weight so this is not good for her.
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Saturday, March 7, 2009
One of my very favorite blogs is closing down - Scary's West. This was one of the first blogs I followed faithfully, one of the blogs that got me thinking blogging was a pretty cool thing and a gateway into a worldwide community. This photo is from the talented photographer and storyteller's blog. Please stop by for a visit to a special place before it is no longer visible on the world wide web. Sure will miss this very bright star in our modern Indra's Net.