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While I think this thread is a wonderful idea, I think it would be an even MORE wonderful idea to have a Chronicle of the Horse Wiki where people could add information to common topics. I can't tell you, for example, how often JB and I have to repeat SIMILAR information regarding the Panacur PowerPac and fenbendazole--yet it's never the SAME information in one thread. And then we end up with a thread that starts "I read all the old threads but my question wasn't answered" when in reality, it was--it was just answered across the course of two or three threads, not in any one specific place. I'm sure RAyers feel the same way about having to constantly re-cite information from scientific studies regarding glucosamine/chondroitin absportion, the ulcer-savvy folks feel the same way about linking to studies regarding the efficacy/non-efficacy of compounded omeprazole, etc.
A Wiki would solve that problem without a redundancy of threads and without relying on the COTH database to store all these threads (which, depending on the day, seem magically inaccessible via the search function yet reappear a few hours or days later). In other words, a Wiki would be appropriate for situations where people are looking for *information*. Just like this discussion board shines in situations where there needs to be a *discussion*.
I think a Wiki could be a GREAT advertising opportunity for COTH. Perhaps the mods could talk to the higher-ups about starting one?
Also second the glucosamine/ICHON/Adequan/Legend idea.
Links to info about new diagnostics and therapies: MRI, scintigraphy, IRAP... People are still going to want to post about their horse's specific injury but it would be nice to have a single place to refer them to get info as opposed to writing it all each time you respond.
Of the various Henneke Body Condition Scoring charts around, I think this one is the clearest. Unlike most, it has sample profiles from the rear. (The current version on KER's own site no longer has the rear profiles.)
On the various issues with pet horse and the common diseases affecting them. For an average pet owner, horses are notoriously difficult to read. But for those who spend their time caring for them, something as simple as an awkward stance can indicate a problem. Regular hoof maintenance is one of the most important aspects of quality equine care. Clip your horse’s hooves regularly. This prevents ingrown hooves and may prevent swelling. Keep a pick nearby to pick out caked dirt or debris and look for signs of pain or distress.