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  • Thanks y'all!

    TarheelJD: How often would you apply it? I was also thinking about getting him some Grand Coat supplement (after checking with my trainer, of course) that should also help his little tail grow out some.

    Originally posted by Pancakes View Post
    Congrats Opus! That is awesome! I'm excited for you. Pics??
    I just have the one my trainer posted, but I don't think she'd mind.

    https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-8...800/oliver.jpg
    The dude abides ...

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    • Congratulations, Opus! He's cute! His tail doesn't look that bad. However, you might want to try feeding him some flax seed. I heard that is good to encourage hair growth.

      My daughter leased a horse with a very wispy tail--the best thing, we found, was to always pick his tangles out by hand and never use a brush, which tends to break the hairs.
      I heard a neigh. Oh, such a brisk and melodious neigh as that was! My very heart leaped with delight at the sound. --Nathaniel Hawthorne

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      • Wow, Opus - he looks so much like my friend's horse! He's a flea-bitten grey TB, also with a wispy tail! She does what Dewey suggests and is VERY careful about picking tangles out. I also love MTG, though I've never used it on a tail (used it to regrow some hair when he developed a random bald spot - we think from the crazy early hot weather causing odd shedding). And, if he's the shortest horse you've ridden, what KIND of horses have you been riding?!? My guy is 15.3 which I realize is just a nice medium size, and since I'm short myself, 16hh seems pretty tall! I do love the tall guys though!

        Tarheel - good luck with your lessons this weekend! Hopefully you're not too sore after all that! How far away are you from showing? Any chance you could get out and do some easy classes at a schooling show somewhere, just to get out and do something? I think that might be our plan next month. We won't be anywhere near where I want us to be, but just to get out and do some light show experience (probably W/T only!).

        Pancakes - yay for feeling better! Take care at the same time too, don't push too hard!

        Hope everyone has a great Friday!

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        • Such a cute face, Opus!

          Originally posted by Dewey View Post
          My daughter leased a horse with a very wispy tail--the best thing, we found, was to always pick his tangles out by hand and never use a brush, which tends to break the hairs.
          Ditto this. For the MTG -- every other day seems to be good (but even once a week can make a difference and is worth the effort). Make sure you work it into the dock of his tail/tail bone, under the tail hair. The MTG, in combination with rarely using a brush, really helped my horses tail.

          dOTTB: If all goes according to plan this weekend - I will definitely be sore. And that is a good thing! It sounds crazy, but I miss that feeling - it signifies progress in some weird way. I hope I can do a small schooling show with a friend the weekend of May 5, or maybe May 19 if we can't get it together by the 5th. We'll see how it goes over the next 3 days! We may do W/T only, or W/T/C one at a time. Start back slow!
          Riding a horse is not a gentle hobby, to be picked up and laid down like a game of solitaire. It is a grand passion.... ~ Emerson

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          • Thanks for all the suggestions, y'all! I probably won't show him until June or July, so I have time to get his tail ready. I'm also hoping some steady riding will help muscle him out a little more.

            I picked up some grooming things today -- shedding blade, curved sweat scraper, wash mitt, comb, MTG and some brightening shampoo. Luckily, the barn has a lot of sand, but no red clay that I've seen.

            dreaminOTTB: The horse I've rode since August: 17'2 OTTB, 17'2 Dutch Warmblood, 16'2 Irish. So, yes, the 16'0 guy is the shortest thing I've rode in a while. Before all of these, I was riding a 15'3 QH and a 15'3 OTTB. I do LOVE the view from the back of a 17'2h horse -- but the getting on and getting off takes some courage.

            Tarheel: Have fun at your show! Unless I progress at a rapid pace, I'll be doing W-T classes for a while myself. Luckily, there's a good number of adults here who also do WT classes.
            The dude abides ...

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            • Hi, all - well every day there is still some other issue, or resistance. Someone said dysfunctional, and I'd say that describes it exactly. So bad, I now can't help but just laugh. Not going to go into more, except B had 3 days of turnout, and is already back to 2 in a pen...head/desk.

              I'm biding my time until a good situation is available, and have turned the corner, deciding to play their little game and now have my cell phone on me when there! I make texts, calls, etc. Funny thing is, that they understand and look concerned about! Brother...

              Really busy week - friend just bought a farm nearby but it needs loads of work. He has racehorses, mares & foals, even a stallion, and some retiring. Thinks he'll be in in a month. I've been offered a spot, but I'm afraid it may take longer. And frankly, hope to find some place with camaradarie, but at least it's an option!

              dreamin - sorry about the bum knees still. Hope you can be back aboard sooner than later.

              Tarheel - hope you can coordinate more time riding so that those shows fall into place!

              Pancakes - so glad you're almost better. Must have been very cool to ride your trainer's mare.

              And Opus! What a doll! Love the face! He looks like a love. There was a grey Oliver - a lesson horse in my old show barn years ago. Have fun!

              Everyone have a great weekend!
              But he thought, "This procession has got to go on." So he walked more proudly than ever, as his noblemen held high the train that wasn't there at all. H.C.Anderson

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              • Very cute, Opus! Hope you have a great time with your new guy.

                Tarheel, may you get blissfully lost in lesson overload. A hot bath, glass of wine and a couple of ibuprofens are your friends.

                Peg, no advice, just sending positive thoughts your way. Whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger. Or so I've been told.

                The big TB formerly known as Mr. Stall Rest has been renamed Mr. Rehab. He's had four days of walk only, and trainer plans to trot him a bit today, with another trainer watching so one person can feel and the other can observe. If he's ok, then he will get 20 minutes per day of mostly walk, with gradually increasing trot work.

                Cold and rainy today, so our lesson was indoors. The horses felt great, probably due to temperature drop and no turnout this morning. It's nice when the 21 year old schoolie you're riding is happy and full of energy. Spouse went to an Earth Day picnic, so I have peace and quiet for a few hours.
                It's 2017. Do you know where your old horse is?

                www.streamhorsetv.com -- website with horse show livestream listings and links.

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                • Opus - Oliver looks so huggable! Congrats.

                  CVPeg - Good for you conducting such important business at the barn so as to avoid the idiots.

                  Pony4me - Hooray for the newly renamed Mr. Rehab!

                  Dreamin and Pancakes - feel better quick!

                  Tarheel - hoping for more saddle time for you!

                  Did not get to ride after work at all this week: pulled a muscle in my back; had an ortho appt on Wed - yay for arthritis and had to take the dog to the vet on Friday.

                  But, today I rode my boy! I still get amazed that I can walk out into the pasture with Finn's halter, no treats, and as I get closer to him, he pulls his head out of the round bale and comes to meet me.

                  My trainer was giving lessons in the arena. So, the only place to ride was the jump field - not fenced. And the only mounting block was the small one. The old me probably would not have ridden until the arena was free. So, I found a piece of "high" ground next to a "hole". Block on the high, Finn in the hole and up I went. He actually stood better than he does in the ring - lol. Well, he was just a superstar. My trainer has a dressage book that says something about when you ride, listen to the birds, listen to the wind, etc. I listened to the birds (we have lots) and realized that I was very relaxed, but riding, and Finn's ears were just flopping on his head. Woot!
                  And nothing bad happened!

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                  • Good thoughts this way, please?

                    Got to the barn this afternoon and Toby was colicking. Not horribly, but pawing, ignoring his food, looking listless, etc. I went to ask another boarder when he had been brought in from being on grass and a minute later, was called back over to his stall as he had gone down.

                    Got him up, gave a dose of Banamine and started walking. Some gut sounds/gas, but mainly he just looked uncomfortable. Walked for a good 40 minutes, but no manure. After about an hour of the Banamine he was interested in his grass hay again and seems to be back to his old self.

                    I came home to rest for a little, but will be back to check on him soon. I'm just concerned as his major medical colic started just like this a few months ago. Started like a simple minor colic then a few days later we were headed down to Rood and Riddle with a very, very sick horse. I'm trying hard not to think about it.

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                    • Dreamin: So sorry about the colicky guy, I know I have been there several times. Glad I live 3 minutes from the barn for that very reason. Hope all goes well, I don't know of any horse who doesn't have a colicky few days in their life.

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                      • dOTTB: I am so very sorry to hear that Toby's gut is bugging him. Lots of positive thoughts for him - hopefully he is through the woods! And lots of positive thoughts for you, I know it must be really stressful for you to see him in distress.

                        I know all the re-riders will sending good vibes!
                        Riding a horse is not a gentle hobby, to be picked up and laid down like a game of solitaire. It is a grand passion.... ~ Emerson

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                          Jingles for Toby!!!

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                          • dreamin' - thinking of Toby! hope he'll be ok today. jingles for him, and keeping you in my thoughts as well.
                            But he thought, "This procession has got to go on." So he walked more proudly than ever, as his noblemen held high the train that wasn't there at all. H.C.Anderson

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                            • Dreamin how is he this morning?

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                              • Dreamin, thinking about you and Toby this morning! How is he?
                                And nothing bad happened!

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                                • I have been reading the thread but not keeping up with the responses. I enjoy this thread so much, and I want you all to know I've been thinking about everyone!

                                  abv--I love your blog. The description of your daughter's adventures at the show was great! Loved it.

                                  CVPeg--So sorry about the continuing barn drama. It makes me grateful I don't have to deal with that.

                                  Pancakes, SpacyTracy--hope you're healed. ST--did the lease for summer work out?

                                  Opus--isn't buying new horse stuff fun? In addition to being good for hair growth, MTG is great to treat rain rot with. It's great stuff even if it does smell like bacon bits.

                                  jaslyn--so glad to hear about your adventures with Finn! You go, girl!

                                  Pony4me--loved to hear about the carrot hunt and "Mr. Rehab"! Hope all continues to improve.

                                  dreamin--So, so sorry to hear about Toby's colic. I'm sending massive jingles for him! And for you, too, with all the stress. PLEASE keep us informed.
                                  I heard a neigh. Oh, such a brisk and melodious neigh as that was! My very heart leaped with delight at the sound. --Nathaniel Hawthorne

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                                  • Thank you everyone!

                                    So far, so good. Went up there at 10pm last night and he was quite happy to see me. He's been drinking and eating and there were messy spots in the stall as well as a nice perky attitude so that's all I can ask for at this point.

                                    I know colic can be pretty mild many of the times and it happens to many horses, it's just that when it happened in December, it STARTED mild, he rebounded and seemed to recover/be back to normal, then about 18 hours later, he went downhill again, slightly rebounded again before going downhill FAST and ended up needing to be transported to Rood and Riddle for more intensive treatment (major medical colic: small intestine enteritis, needed IV banamine for fever, NG tube, two IV antibiotics, fluids, etc.). It was very rough and scary then so I'm just cautious now that this isn't a repeat of what he previously went through. I will be RELIEVED if this is just a mild gas colic!

                                    Thank you for your thoughts!

                                    EDIT: Also up there this morning and he's still nice and perky, eating, etc. Whew!
                                    Last edited by dreaminOTTB; Apr. 22, 2012, 10:42 AM. Reason: Adding text.

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                                    • dreamin' - so glad to hear about Toby - hope he stays 'nice and perky'!
                                      But he thought, "This procession has got to go on." So he walked more proudly than ever, as his noblemen held high the train that wasn't there at all. H.C.Anderson

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                                      • Dreamin I understand. I lost my pony to colic 3 years ago. I learned that you can NEVER take it lightly. I'm so glad he seems to be recovering. Keep us posted.

                                        Dewey how is Sky doing? You haven't said much lately.

                                        I watched my trainer ride my horse on Friday. He looked amazing and she makes it look so effortless. I'm currently having a small breakdown over what division to show in and how I am going to manage to get both kids, 3 horses, and myself organized and taken care of at the shows, oh, and work too. I need another one of me and a winning lottery ticket!

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                                        • dreamin: So glad that things are looking better ! I actually lost my lease horse to colic before I bought my old guy. So for me I do panic with colic, but I would never say that to anyone while they are going through a colic. Hope you have a great week !

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