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Why should we vaccinate horses? Some vaccines help to protect the horse from things that it may encounter in its environment such as rabies and tetanus. Other vaccines help our horses not to get sick when we go places. What is herd immunity? Herd immunity is where most of the horses are mostly immune to a spreadable disease making it difficult for the few horses who aren’t immune to get sick. We can achieve herd immunity either through vaccinations or if the majority of the horses in a given area have recovered from a disease. What are symptoms of equine influenza? Horses with equine influenza have a high temp, loss of appetite,lethargy, snotty or runny nose, cough and inflamed throat glands. What are clinical signs of tetanus? Tetanus attacks nerves that control muscles. Symptoms may include a protruding third eyelid, stiff limbs such as hind and front feet, and a lockjaw. Equine Herpes is a Contagious viral infection that can cause abortions, resperitory and neurological disease. We generally supply any broodmares with a vaccine against this every trimester to safeguard against this virus. There are different strains of this virus that can affect horses differently. The neurological variant does not have as good of prognoses. How is Strangles spread? Strangles is spread by contact through touching infected objects such as halters and grooming tools and coughing. It can also be spread through the sharing of water and food sources. It can remain in the soil for many months to years after infection has run its course in the horses reinfecting new horses.
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Scooter has been doing great so far. We did find a new momentary sensitive spot on him near his flank. While I was getting on, if I got on him from behind his saddle he kicked out at me. Fortunately, after a little bit of desensitization, he quit, but it was interesting nonetheless. We’ve tried a new thing for his head shyness by offering a treat as we are putting on his bridle. So far it has helped. We know he will make an amazing cow horse so we decided to take him to a team roping practice arena. It didn’t go as well as I had hoped as I had to work on his magnet towards homes but I did get to chase a few cows. He has zero issue with the rope being swung off of him and the flapping and twirling on his side, I just need work. He is not extremely cowy but he does lock on if you ask and moves on a dime. I took him to the Guadalupe Sheriff's arena show and he did well. I got a third, second and a first in the trail class even though he spooked for a moment as a huge lizard ran under the bridge. We worked a bit on him pushing towards home again and getting the correct lead, all things that cost us points in the classes. In the Ranch Pleasure class he got second place and did all I asked. For horsemanship I got third due to a missed lope and overall a rough pattern. We’ve made sure to give him new experiences but not a ton has changed in the past month. We’ve solidified the neck rein and started work on our freestyle for State. I think he enjoys the music we picked.
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I haven't been able to work with Scooter too much lately due to his navicular disease in his feet. We really don't have a soft arena area easily accessible to work him in and he gets pretty sore on the hard packed ground. We took him into the vet last Wednesday for a cortisone shot in the foot. He'll be sound enough for trail riding or even small shows or playdays for a new family, but I'm just struggling to add more advanced training to him at our place. He has really cool spins and stops I'd love to show off during his freestyle. Unfortunately these are hard on his feet so I guess we'll see where we get. It's been a pretty rough month for scooter and I. Between vacation, the navicular disease issue, and head colds we just haven't worked a ton on anything. One thing that we have been working with is moving him into our lesson program. We have been lacking enough horses for riding lessons due to a number of things so we have worked on using him about once a week. He has done pretty well for a beginning level rider. She is a confident beginner so his quicker movements don't worry her much. In doing so we did trigger a new "don't touch me there" spot. This new found spot that he apparently hates is just back from his girth line. I had noticed when getting on I had some issues with him wiggling a lot and I think I found out why. He has an area that he tries to keep me form going into. It is when I got on while near his flank that he actually tried to kick me and so after some work I got him to quit and it also helped fix his wiggling while I got on. I really wish these horses could talk so they could tell us how they were abused, if something hurt, or they just weren't feeling it that day, it would make our job so much easier. Scooter has spent so much of his life in self preservation mode he often forgets he has nothing to worry about any more. The same day I found the new 'nono' spot I also was working with roping. I think this horse would make an amazing cow horse due to his dead stops, extremely reactive spins, and locking on really well to what I'm chasing. Because of this I needed to start getting him used to a rope. I began my training by working on the ground with it and he had no reaction. Next I went in saddle. I still had no reaction from him even when I threw it he only got surprised by the noise of It hitting a barrel. There is a Tuesday night roping practice nearby. I may try to take him to just to see his response to the box and tracking the cow. His try still amazes me. Even after nearly a month of little to no work he walked into our local 4h open show and took second place in Western pleasure against horses much more trained and bred for the job. The notch at the show and did the walk trot lope division, mainly because I took my two year old to walk trot division. You really wouldn't have known sScooter had not had a good ride in over a month. He was cool, calm and collected nothing phased him. He did his job with only one incident. We were coming out of our Horsemanship loping turn and he thought we were going back to the gate and when I applied my spur to let him know for sure we weren't he got a little squirrely and bucky. We worked through it right there and then reinforced the proper behavior again outside the arena and that was the end of it. But honestly I know exactly why it happened and wasn't too surprised by it. Now that he's in no pain working at our place we should be able to get through a lot more of his rebellion moments.
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We kinda had a set back this month. Every once in awhile Scooter kept coming up lame. Originaly we just chalked it up to some arthritis so we started him on cosequin and would give him a day or so off. I finally took him in to the vet to get it looked at. Several x-rays later and a nerve block determined he had low grade navicular disease. He's now on a course of medication and he will also get some specialty shoes that we're waiting on at the moment. The X-ray showed that it was fairly mild right now so we've caught it in time for the therapeutic shoeing and medication to be useful. For everyday riding this really shouldn't affect him. However with the spins and stops I have on him currently we may also have to do cortisone before state. We'll just see how the shoes help him out and go from there. It really amazes me we can take him to the vet now how calm and relax he is. He was a champ standing on the X-ray device hanging out while we went over the results and didn't so much as bat an eye when the vet tech checked his ears for ticks. On the plus side the current recommendation for his medicine has us feeding him now twice a day in addition to his free choices hey, so maybe he'll put on more weight. We keep upping how much fat and protein is getting and he still seems to like to show off his ribs. We're happy to know that a lot of what we were already feeding him through his supplements and aloe and oils were actually beneficial in slowing down the progression of the navicular disease as well.
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