We’ve been very busy the past few months and I haven’t had the time or inclination to post. Before I disappear completely from blog land I thought it was time to try and get back on track. So here goes.
All the horses have been getting their Spring vaccinations and since we do them in increments every two weeks we have one more round at the end of the month. While the vet was here, I had them take a Lyme test on Rosie, Hanz, and Grady. Rosie and Hanz came back positive and Grady was negative. They’re on doxycycline for a month. Hopefully, this will make Rosie not feel so reactive and touchy. Rosie started to not want to be mounted and would start swinging her butt away from the mounting block whenever I put my foot in the stirrup. So, after checking saddle fit and other guides to see if she was in pain, I thought it a good idea to have her checked.
While here, the vet wanted to see her on the longe. He also decided to take a test for PSSM. She seemed very tight in her back end and slightly muscle bound. We always attributed that to her previous training. We’ve been working on having her lengthen her stride by longeing and she is tracking up much better than when we first got her.
The PSSM test also came back positive. This all went on during her first round of vaccinations. I should mention that Rosie doesn’t like her shots and reacts badly when anyone other than my daughter or myself goes into her stall. I’m sure it must be from past experiences and she’s very suspicious of strangers. Then again, who wouldn’t get a tad nervous if a strange man barged into our bedroom with a needle?
Long story short, the next round of vaccinations the vet took another PSSM test because this time she was more relaxed and not having a melt down. This time, the PSSM test came back negative. So, just to be on the safe side he had me longe Rosie the night before and the morning he was due to come back and do the next round of vaccinations to see if the condition might be exercise induced. He took another PSSM test Thursday and I will find out the results in a few days. Fingers crossed it’s negative again and she doesn’t have it. If she does, it’s manageable with diet and exercise. So, that’s what’s been going on with the horses.
Quote for Today
Horses can't talk, but they can speak if you listen.