Starbird Road (by Count the Time) was supposed to run in the big race at EMD in August but took a bad step walking the day before the race. Initial X-rays showed a slight fracture. The game plan was to bring him back next year.
The initial X-rays were wrong.
He came back, won the Washington Cup Sprint in September while BREAKING THE SIX FURLONG TRACK RECORD and then came back two weeks after that to TIE the five-furlong track record! His jockey after the race said, "I was on a little black horse that can run like the wind!"
PS - Also understand about the SO's aversion to Horse Holding For Photos. I get in trouble if the SO makes it into pictures of my horses when he's holding them.
jessi...I had to go look this up (it's been driving me nuts) because I have a vet friend on my farm forum and the topic of rain rot came up...this was his comment:
>>Rain rot is caused by Dermatophilus congolensis, which is actually a higher bacterium, not a fungus, and penicillin is effective against it. I still prefer vigorous bathing/scrubbing with a povidone/iodine scrub(Betadine), but in some really 'bad' cases, topical treatment and systemic antimicrobials are required to get full clearance.
To dose Procaine Pen G PROPERLY, you need administer 3cc/100lb body weight twice daily - and for a big horse, that's A LOT, and they quickly become pretty sore, and resentful of being stuck. It helps if you alternate sides of the neck morning and evening, and you don't want to administer more than 10 cc of any injectible in one spot.<<
I just thought I'd mention it just in case you can't get it under control (you probably know this but I was surprised to know that it can be treated with pen G).
He's lovely - absolutely lovely. I wish you the very best!
What a wonderful story. I'm sure he'll straighten up once he gets a new routine. He's very cute and has quite a nice look about him. If that is Mountaineer, I'd be more than happy to hold him nexttime sweet Darren can't hold him for pics. That's just a short trip for me. Good luck!
Pretty horse, looks like he'll make a hunter for ya with some time, care and training. For the skin condition, topical treatments may work for you, or you could consider using fulvicin, an oral anti-fungal powder and treat it internally if it doesn't clear up as you had hoped with the topical stuff. Also, whether you clip him or not, put a winter blanket on him. The scabs prevent the normal piloerection which keeps a horse warm. This will result in him losing weight and losing condition, as his nutrition is burned off in an attempt to keep warm. Especially in a stall, where his normal movement (which also helps to keep him warm) is reduced. The warmth of a blanket will also increase the skin circulation of blood, which will help to fight the infection.
For the skin condition, topical treatments may work for you, or you could consider using fulvicin, an oral anti-fungal powder and treat it internally if it doesn't clear up as you had hoped with the topical stuff. Also, whether you clip him or not, put a winter blanket on him.
Since rain rot is caused by a bacteria, how is an anti-fungal gonna help? Blanketing would not be a good idea either as the organism thrives on moisture and lack of oxygen. Sheesh!
I also saw $45 horse and had to come see what it was all about.
I have to add that my entire F-ing herd came up with rainrot this year. Grr. And it's been too dang cold to bathe anyone, so I used the Cowboy Magic krudbuster and it worked!!! Overnight!! I was amazed. I sprayed it on pretty thick and then used the stiffest brush the horse would tolerate and really scrubbed it in. I also kept sraying the brushes. Eight horses, and poof all gone!
I'm definitely going to remeber the H2O2 recipe though for future reference.
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Slewdledo, not to hijack the thread, but I'd love to hear anything else you can tell me (privately, if you prefer) about Count the Time offspring. I have one of his babies in my barn -- also a rescue, adopted through LongRun, which is the TB adoption organization operating out of Woodbine racetrack. He's called Tiempo del Sol, and his racing history is a bit murky, though I gather he was pretty durable. I got him this spring as a seven-year-old... very cute guy, huntery build, not huge but nicely proportioned (about 15:3). I haven't done much with him yet but hoping to get going properly with him in the spring, see whether he'd rather be a hunter or an eventer. Not a lot of Count the Time babies up here in Toronto, so info is somewhat scarce!
And to return to the subject of rain-rot: I've never had a case I couldn't beat, up until this autumn. Not on Tiempo, but his pasture-buddy, Spike (OB racing, he's by Birdonthewire out of an El Prado mare <G>), who's four. Everyone's got a few crusties this fall, but Spike is a motheaten disaster, and getting pretty pissy about my scab-picking! I've whacked him full of penicillin twice, scrubbed betadine and chlorhexadine into his back... but it's too chilly to give him an iodine shampoo now, and I'm starting to run out of ideas! Maybe I'll have a look for that Equiderm stuff, or the Cowboy Magic...
My mare came off the track with rainrot all over her rump and legs. I treated it with MuckItch Spray and it cleared up in a couple of days. You don't have to shampoo and just spray it on, rub it in a little and leave it. She is a super sensitive mare but didn't mind the stuff at all.
Congratulations JessieP! He's just lovely! As I was reading through the thread and came to the one above mentioning the color and sunlight I suddenly recalled when my Morgan, a horse of the same lovely dark liver color, was boarded out and left to bask in the summer sun all day.
He turned a lovely shade of YELLOW!! ha ha Just a good-natured warning
Over the years and in keeping him at home with free choice in and out he never did turn that yellow again!
Your boy's liver color is highly prized in the Morgan world...and that color with dapples is absolutely lovely....but color aside...Count could be purple with polka dots and still be an gorgeous horse!
Thanks again everyone. The more I am around Count the more I fall in love with him.
One VERY bad habit of his.... biting me in the back when I am exiting his stall. That REALLY needs to stop. I go in the stall to pick a pile and have to baaaccckk out so he doesn't bite me when I am defenseless with my hands full of pitchfork and poop. I learned this the hard way.
In his defense... he does stand quietly and play with you with his lips - mouthing and licking, nosing for treats. But he can't seem to resist a nip at my back when he gets the chance. A friend recommended using a wiffle-ball bat to teach him NOT to bite, as they make noise to get his attention, are painless to the horse, and can effectively correct biting when used judiciously. Maybe after his vacation, if he still does the biting. Sounds incredibly mean... but it seems like it would be pretty painless.
Count will be getting body clipped (most likely) tomorrow unless I have a big hole open up in my schedule today. I will post pics afterwards!
The plan with Count is to get him to the farm (once I get him clipped) and give him a month or two of down time to chill out and decide if he likes us or not. Then we will begin the process of teaching him to be a leadpony. Hopefully he will enjoy it and have a productive career.
If not, Count looks almost identical to my good friend Annette's ol QH mare Jenny, her "horse of a lifetime" who she put down as a grand old lady about 10 years ago. She was figuring out that Jenny was put down just a few months before Count was born, so it COULD possibly be reincarnation...lol. He is the same color and has an almost identical stripe - Jenny had a rounder star tho, where his has an indentation on the left. Still, the resemblance is amazing. Annette's specialty is trail riding, so Count might end up as a trail horse..... hey, it's always good to have a plan B, right?
Altho he DOES have the conformation and looks to do some small shows, or maybe eventing.
I have gotten a FIRM commitment from darling Darren that he will not even THINK about racing Count.
I will have to remember: liver + sun bleaching = yellow LOL. Personally I don't care for yellow ponies!
Oh, he starts on some penicillin today as well - we will blast him with 30 cc and see if he really hates us afterwards.
I can't tell you guys how excited we are about this cheap ol' gelding. If ONLY we didn't have to be on constant guard for the biting...
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