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Cocosmom

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Cocosmom says:

Are your horses good or bad patients?

Well Saturday morning Coco was in a sorry state, hugely swollen leg, very painful, didn't want to put weight on it, struggled to walk and high temperature. I called the emergency vet who diagnosed lymphangitis (basically a blood infection probably caused by a tiny cut on his heel the day before) and put him on box rest and an intensive course of antibiotics, oral and injections. Coco was an absolute superstar having his jabs every day and ate all his meds in his breakfasts and after 3 days of drugs and box rest the swelling had gone right down so we were able to turn him back out. I was so proud of my boy letting me inject him every day and after alrees's post about her porrly boy being so good with his meds and on a drip and moodymaresmum's mare also having serious meds at the moment it amazes me how trusting and well behaved our horses can be sometimes so I just wondered are your horses good patients when it comes to taking their medication adn jabs?

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kevinhiatt

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kevinhiatt says:

Re: Are your horses good or bad patients?

Tonka a Gypsy Cob hated the vet with a passion, the feeling was mutual, did not medication in any form but put up with me. Lara who was an ex-racehorse put up with nearly everything done to her not surprising as an ex-racehorse. Sabrina who is a Belgian Warmblood is ok with many of the administration of medication but here again an ex-showjumper, the farriery side getting better. 

Gypsy Gold does not chink & glitter.It gleams in the sun and neighs in the dark.Tonka & Lara my beautiful horses RIP, Nelson,Chloe & Kitty the cats.

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alrees

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alrees says:

Re: Are your horses good or bad patients?

aww poor coco, I think a lot of horses are unwell at the moment :-( Well normally my pain is a terrible patient, He had a foot abcess before and was terrible, wouldn't stand still, kept nudging my head when I was trying to clean his foot, kept getting his bandage off. But now he is a bit older and really ill and I think he knows that he is ill and needs help because recently he has been a really good patient, having injections, a drip, lots of examinations.Thank goodness he is being a good boy, would be a nightmare if he was being naughty...

~Beauty is in the eye of the beholder~ ~Never judge a horse by its past,always look at what it can do for you in the future~

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lydiarose

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lydiarose says:

Re: Are your horses good or bad patients?

 I think they just know that we're trying to help them? When Woody took colic he stood like a gem and let the vet inject him and the internal examination! Usually he's a menace for fiddly things like that!

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3MoodyMaresMum

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Re: Are your horses good or bad patients?

Oh poor Coco, lymphangitis is horrible, I remember Welshie having it, I found her in the stable one morning and I thought she'd broken her leg! That was probably the only time she was every really well behaved for injections, well until she felt better then it took 3 of us to hold her!  But powders she is so greedy she doesn't notice anything in the feed!  She has an inhaler for when her hayfever is really bad and is really good at doing that!

ZZ, well I guess with all the medicines she has she has just got used to it, and she loves Vets!  She is a fabulous patient, if I am late with her Metformin which I syringe orally twice a day, she will stand in the doorway pawing and calling - its like "come on mum its medicine time", could be for the treat she always gets after!!!  Actually she has always been so very good, but if she really does not want your help she will only warn you once and you need to listen.

Anya is a great patient, she seems to understand I am only trying to help her, she has always been brilliant with needles, but can be very difficult over powders and tablets - but this time she seems to know they are helping her and is actually eating her feed with all 84 in it, mind you it could be those yummy molasses she is getting!

I wonder why we are all suffering with poorly ponies at the moment?  Everyone seems to be having a run of bad luck - mind you I think I attract poorly ponies!

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windinthemane

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Re: Are your horses good or bad patients?

 All the horses I have had over the years have been fairly good but Penny just blows them out of the water! She will fall asleep clipping,shoeing,etc if given the chance!

It's ok if you give up as long as you come back later to try again.

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pippixox

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pippixox says:

Re: Are your horses good or bad patients?

my girl was an absolute star when she cut her leg and had to have loads of injections, and then put up with me cleaning it twice a day, she would sometimes flinch in pain but never kick out. she had no issue eating up the antibiotics and bute in her feed either.

my boy can be grumpy when in pain and isnt very patient with having things washed

my friends horse is on box rest at the mo, and is doing ok, except refusing to eat her medication, what ever extra yummy sugary food she puts with it.

my horses are my medicine, without them im even more crazy!

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Cocosmom

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Cocosmom says:

Re: Are your horses good or bad patients?

Bless em all for being so good! I think its lovely that they trust us enough to do this stuff to them that may hurt or just be not pleasant so maybe they do understand we are trying to help them.  It does seem like there is alot of poorly neddies out there at the moment though, maybe they all need a bit of warmth and sunshine to boost them up a bit!

I was mortified when I found Coco, my 1st thought was 'Oh baby what have you done?' and assumed he'd been charging about and hurt himself but its just horrible seeing them suffering. He nearly fell over when I was trying to get him into the stable as he didn't want to put any weight on it and his leg was just kind of hanging. 

I had to go to the cash machine while I was waiting for the vet as the farmer was due to deliver an emergency supply of hay and straw to me coz I knew he would need box rest and I was in floods of tears, the people in the village must have wondered what the hell was wrong with me! I was so worried about him though. As soon as the vet turned up I felt better and once you know what you are dealing with you just get on with it. Fortunately we caught it early and he has responded so well to the antibiotics so is back to his normal cheeky boistrous happy self.   

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CharParsley620

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Re: Are your horses good or bad patients?

 good patient. he's an angel considering what he has been through.

It's lonely in the saddle since the horse died.

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jenhavocmanny

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Re: Are your horses good or bad patients?

I've got one angel (Manny) and one absolute pig. (Havoc off course) although he'll eat meds (food mad), he's extremely suspicious of any vet, and has to be distracted with treats when he has his yearly jabs. 

As for things like having teeth done , its a good job his are in excellent condition as he wouldn't let a contraption like that anywhere near him! Even the vet said she was glad it was Manny that injured himself , not H !

 

Glad Coco's feeling better, we do all seem to have poorly horses atm don't we?

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SarahR123

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SarahR123 says:

Re: Are your horses good or bad patients?

Tehya LOVES an injection!  Honestly!  I think she's had so many painkillers and buscopan injuections her life she assumes any needle is going to bring a warm fuzzy feeling of being pain free!  When she's had colic she's been good at allowing the vet to examine her and does a good line in "poor poor me" expressions.  When she had lymphangitis she was great.  Not so great when she cut her fetlock so the vet sedated her (she went up a couple of times beforehand) and then we spent the next half hour flicking her ears and pushing her back upright as she nodded off leaning on me - vet overestimated what she needed!!

 

Missy hates the vet and tries to flatten handler and vet against the wall when she sees a needle.  She can fight quite a lot of sedation so cleaning and dressing her fetlock when she fell last year was, erm, interesting...!  She's not really dangerous just pretty frightened and needs a lot of mummying!

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