Wow it seems i have been extremely busy and not done a post for a few months, apologies. Between my job in town, the horses and KLB i have forgotten to post on here….
Well whats been happening here at KLB …
*Little Lenny has been home from the breakers for 2 weeks today and i have been riding him most days. He is going so much better than i expected and so much quieter too. The plan for him is to maybe aim for Moree show at the end of April. This of course will depend how he copes with the work and all that.
* Fat boy Cruise has been having a terrible time on the verge of foundering and on 2 days hardly able to walk. Thankfully he got some shoes on last weekend and now is coming good enough to be able to ride him a bit every few days… We have a few months to our first polox carnival (Quirindi we are aiming for ) to get him half fit. Its always a struggle with him as he wont shut his mouth and keeps eating no matter what..
* Santenor has also come in and will do a few ag shows before his polox season. He seems to have finally decided not to be the shit he usually is.. There has been no hissy fits, no shying and no humping… everyday i wait for him to carry on but nope he has finally grown up.
*Old Flop just before xmas was diagnosed with Cushings… After alot of googling and the vet visit we put his condition down to Cushings… Before xmas he was badly dehydrated and had constant diarrhea. It got that bad i called the vet out and was thinking i would hear those dreaded words ‘His time has come Kristy’ …. after running lots bloods (which were great for a 30 yo and the vets comment was if i didn’t know they come from an aged horse i would think it was from an average aged horse)
We decided to put him on tablets and he has improved so much.. I would like alot more weight on him but he is looking healthy again so we will take it a day at a time .
Below is the quick explanation of Cushings ..
Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction (PPID), most commonly known as Equine Cushing’s Disease, is a benign tumour of the pituitary gland located at the base of the brain. It is named after the neurosurgeon Harvey Cushing who first described it. The tumour affects the horse’s hormonal regulation which results in chronically increased cortisol levels that negatively affect the body in a number of ways. The disease is frequently seen in geriatric horses and is increasingly common as horses are living longer thanks to nutrition and veterinary medicine advances. All equines can be affected with the Cushing’s disease but ponies and breeds such as Morgans and Quarter horses seem to be at greater risk.
Horses with Cushing’s Disease can exhibit a variety of symptoms, with an excessively long and curly hair coat that fails to shed in the summer being the most recognisable one. Other symptoms include:
- Weight loss due to loss of active back muscle, seen as a swayback and potbelly
- Excessive body fat
- Development of insulin resistance which can lead to laminitis
- Polydipsia/polyuria (excessive thirst/urination)
- Weakened immune system; delayed wound healing, chronic infections
- Behavioural changes such as lethargy
- Reproductive disorders