New thoughts on treatment for Navicular

Screen Shot 2014-09-01 at 3.45.57 PMHere’s an interesting article from Dr. David Ramey on the use of Isoxsuprine as a a treatment for navicular disease, or really as a treatment for anything. I haven’t personally given it to any of my horses, but it definitely was part of the protocol for treating a pony in our barn that foundered.

I suspect there are many treatments that we still use for our horses (and ourselves) that have no scientific basis for working, but which we continue to do because after giving them in the past, our horse seemed better. Even if the drug has nothing to do with it.

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Do you know what Cavaletti means?

Thanks to Denny Emerson’s Facebook feed, I do! And you should subscribe, too. He posts a wealth of information.

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My tip for the day – Subscribe to Denny Emerson’s Tamarack Hill Farm Facebook feed. He always posts interesting stuff. Click on the photo to go to his page.

The word “cavaletti” has the same roots as the word “cavalry” and “cavallo”, Italian for “horse”.

And although we trot horses over cavaletti, the name has nothing to do with actual horses.

It`s a diminutive term, meaning “little sawhorse.”

 

Feline Friends

My first horse, Bogie, loved cats. His particular favorite was a barn cat who resided at Red Raider, a barn in Ohio that I boarded out back in the mid-90s. He was never happier than when his cat came and visited in his stall and he would nuzzle him with such gentleness. I always wondered how the cat knew to trust him. If I were that small, I’m not sure I’d want a horse nuzzling me! Apparently the horse in the video below feels the same way.

Do you remember your first canter?

Liz on King, 1962

I started riding when I was two. I can still remember riding King at Mr. Spano’s barn. My father used to take me riding on the weekends. I didn’t canter until I was at least 6.

Recently I had the pleasure of watching a seven-year old girl ride her first steps of canter. Even better, I was able to grab some video of it. She did a great job and boy was she proud of herself.

Watching her canter made me remember the first time I cantered. I was probably about six and it was at the riding ring of the Timber Trails Club, which used to be a fixture in Sherman, Conn. I’d been in the summer riding program — which involved riding from the barn through the trails, through the shallow water of a pond and over to the ring.

Trotting was going well; cantering terrified me. I must have driven the instructors crazy by insisting that I wasn’t ready. Finally, my horse took a few canter strides. It was heaven! Instantly I regretted all my delaying tactics. I was hooked and so, I think, was Dana.

Prancercise Part II

Prancercise

Prancercise is defined as a springy, rhythmic way of moving forward, similar to a horse’s gait and ideally induced by elation.

For all of you who have been on their edge of their chairs waiting for the sequel to Prancercise your Way to Fitness, you are in luck!

This looks remarkably like what a friend’s two-year old daughter does in their driveway (without the potential issues involved with skipping through a field full of loose horses while flapping your arms). Perhaps she should make a video too?

You can learn more on the Prancercise Website.