Race Horses and SI Issues

Freedom has been remarkably sound over the 12 years that I’ve owned him. Yes, I brought him home in early 2005, thinking that I would foster him for just a few months. He was a skinny, nervous horse that didn’t have much idea of how to be a riding horse. Freedom came off the track […]

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The process of elimination

Freedom is still lame. Not when I first get on him. I get about 20 minutes of happy horse. He will pick up both canter leads, trot in both directions and willingly hop over a small fence. Then it starts to disintegrate. The first sign is that he won’t hold his left lead canter for […]

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ArchArchArch suffers condylar fracture in Derby and is retired

Moments after he left the starting gate ArchArchArch stumbled and took a bad step. Then the jockey’s saddle slipped forward, leaving him perched on the horse’s neck. Then he got bumped hard. Somewhere in the melee that is the start of the Kentucky Derby he sustained a condylar fracture to the left front. While the […]

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Freedom looks like he’s on the mend

Although he’s still favoring his left hind, Freedom looks better. He’s walking better and, a lot of the time, he’s standing with weight on it. It’s hard to say if it was an abscess. I haven’t seen any discharge but, since I’ve been packing the foot with Magic Cushion after soaking it, that’s understandable. Magic […]

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Free Laminitis Diagnosis Webinar

Several years ago a pony at my barn foundered. She had looked ouchy for awhile and her owners took a wait and see approach. Finally, one day I looked at her and as she stood there, she was shifting her weight in a way that I had read laminitis can present. Still they didn’t call […]

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I’m doing the rain dance

In many regards we’ve had a great summer. And I really shouldn’t complain when we’re enjoying sunny days, especially since the humidity has dropped. So, why am I doing the rain dance? Because the ground is hard as cement and Freedom’s legs just don’t need that kind of concussion. Last Friday we took a field […]

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When your horse gets kicked.

With horses, it’s always something. I don’t normally feed Saturday mornings but I’m sure glad I did last weekend. It took me only a few minutes to see that Freedom was hurt and it looked bad. He had been kicked on his left forearm. The area was hugely swollen and there was a big jagged […]

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