This mare was not ill, did not have organ damage, did not have a lurking infection, was not "skinny because she's old," is not dentally challenged. All she needed was appropriate food.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
The bulk of TREES' vet care, though, falls in the more than capable hands of the veterinarians of Rappahannock Equine Veterinay Clinic in Locust Grove, VA. Drs Blanton, McColgan and Licciardello all seem to have the same soft spot for Elders that we have. Not only do they provide excellent care (sometimes requiring a little extra research for the uncommon health issues we seem to attract - see "Happy Summer Solstice") but they treat our seniors as though they are high dollar show ponies. (Or course, some of them are, its just been a few years since they pinned that last ribbon .)
REVC looks out for our elders in other ways too. Sadly, one of the clinic's other clients recently laid to rest his last elderly horse. Having several hundred pounds of senior feed and bagged forage in storage, the old veteran's owner and REVC discussed whether or not there was a way to put that feed to use. We are gratefully happy to say they decided to donate the forage and senior formula to TREES. Arrangements are being made to pick up the goodies by the end of the week. TREES has also benefitted in the supplements and blanket departments when REVC mentioned the sanctuary to clients with surplus supplies.
Its difficult to express our gratitude for the entire staff of REVC, the vets, the techs, and the "girls" who keep the office humming. So we'll offer a shameless plug.........if you're interviewing equine veterinarians in the Spotsylvania, Orange, Stafford areas........add these folks to your short list.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Check it out! TREES is Organization of the Week!
Then visit Traveller's Rest's Shelter Source "My Page" Visit often, watch for news and events, or leave a comment!
Be sure to browse the rest of the ShelterSource --- a free resource and networking hub 'helping people help animals --- too!
Saturday, August 23, 2008
In addition to Sonny's infected teeth, the dentist also discovered an infected incisor in Rienzi's mouth. It slid right out, having no root left. Rienzi had also been examined in November. Things happen that fast in elders.
And Val was found to have yet another fragment beneath the surface of the gum. These fragments seem to show up in places he was missing teeth as a teenager. We don't know why he lost so many teeth by the time he arrived here at age 15 but, four years later, pieces are still showing up.
More frequent dental exams..............don't skimp on this one if your horse is over 20 years old. Make sure exams are thorough, make sure they are frequent. Don't depend on your horse to tell you when something is wrong. An ounce of prevention...........
Monday, August 18, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
Here are a few photos from a recent equine elder Dentathon. Not everyone was seen that day, but Denathon the Sequel is scheduled for next week. Keep in mind that elder horses need more frequent dental exams than their younger counterparts. Teeth wear more quickly as the hard layer of enamel disappears. Faster wear at increasingly sharper angles may mean more extreme points or hooks. Roots begin to decay, leading to loose teeth or possible infection. Some teeth may crack or fracture. Seniors should be examined every six months rather than once a year.
Below, a speculum is used to hold the mouth open during a "power float," while the head rests on a head stand:
A better view of the head stand:
Some dental practitioners prefer a harness, hung from a rafter or door frame to hold the head in place:
Be sure your dentist disinfects his or her tools between horses. You expect your dentist to do the same between patients, don't you?
Keeping elders comfortable often depends on good dental health. Schedule that six-month appointment soon!
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Standard fly masks marked down from $14.99 to 7.99. Air Stream Combo Summer Sheets down to $39.95 from $59.95. A few saddles are almost half price, many on sale for a little less of a discount. Reins, bridles, bits, helmets on sale. First aid supplies, grooming kits, halters. Weight Builder supplement $18.99, from $29.99!
If you don't need anything for your own horse, or don't have a horse to shop for, their gift section is fun to browse. Welcome mats $14.99 (were 18.95,) wind chimes $9.99 (were $19.99) earrings $4.99 (were $17.99.) Check it out.....back to school? Early Christmas shopping?
So, why are we plugging this sale? Simple! If you shop at Country Supply and enter "equineelders" in the box for "Country Care Code," Traveller's Rest will receive a donation based on the amount you spend. You save on sale items and TREES benefits at no extra cost to you.
Truthfully, TREES needs all the pennies you can send our way. Feed prices are going up. Hay prices are going up. Vets must ask more for farm calls. Farriers and dentists may soon need to follow suit. At the same time, we realize it is harder for many families to find "extra" funds to donate to charity. This program helps both the donor and the charity.
So check it out, shop till you drop, and help TREES help equine elders in need.
http://horse.com/ enter country code: equineelders
Monday, August 11, 2008
Traveller’s Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary will host three energy healing and animal communication workshops in September and October 2008, conducted by Janet Dobbs of Animal Paradise Communication and Healing.
A basic Animal Communication workshop will be held Saturday and Sunday, September 13 & 14. This two-day workshop will provide an overview of animal communication and will demonstrate how students already communicate with their animal companions.
A three-day Advanced Animal Communication workshop will run Friday-Sunday, October 10-12. In “The Deepening,” students who have completed the Basic Animal Communication workshop will gain more experience, knowledge, guidance and inspiration.
On October 25 & 26, Janet, a Reiki Master, will conduct a Reiki I (Human and Animal) workshop, teaching a traditional Japanese form of Reiki called Usui Reiki Ryoho. According to Janet, “This Reiki Level I class is for animal people who want to deepen their relationship with animals and learn ways to heal the animals in their lives as well as themselves.”
Traveller’s Rest, a Spotsylvania, VA sanctuary for previously neglected or abandoned elder equine, will receive a portion of the workshops’ fees. For more information about all three workshops or about Janet Dobbs, please visit http://www.animalparadisecommunication.com or call Janet at 703-648-1866. For more about Traveller’s Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary, visit http://www.equineelders.org or call 540-972-0936.
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Friday, August 8, 2008
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Wednesday, August 6, 2008
'Tis the season. Botfly season. The flies themselves don't harm horses, but their larvae are common parasites of the equine digestive tract.
Ever see this on your horse's legs? (They may appear on other parts of the horse's body as well.) Marye brought these bot eggs with her when she arrived. They were immediately removed.
Last fall, I visited a herd of horses whose legs were literally covered in solid masses of bot eggs. Viewing the photo of "Bot Larvae" at the link listed below will illustrate why that was a disturbing sight. Aside from the potential masses of larvae in the stomachs, it must be tortuous to have that many larvae burrowing into the tissues of the gums and tongue.
Ivermectin will control bot larvae, but wouldn't preventing infestation be easier than managing the subsequent effects?
For more on bots, visit http://www.extension.org/pages/Stomach_bots_in_horses
Monday, August 4, 2008
Meet "Fitzhugh Lee!"
"Fitz" for short.
Oh boy. Marye arrived Monday. She was breathing pretty normally Monday and Tuesday. (She has severe heaves/COPD) While she was still at the other farm, the vet started her on dex to knock down inflammation and ventipulmin as a brochodilator/mild expectorant. Then she came off the dex, continuing on just ventipulmin.
Unfortunately, as her body cleared itself of the dex, she started having trouble again. On top of that the weather took a turn, becoming much hotter and more humid than it was early in the week. Dex injections yesterday made no difference at all. Today the vet came back and gave her a different steroid that I've never heard of before now. Triamcinilone (sp? having a little trouble reading her writing) That reduced the symptoms some, but we're still not back where we were last week.
Wednesday is supposed to be extremely hot and humid, so Doc is standing by for an inhaler treatment that day if needed. Our hope was that if we could get Marye through this (hopefully short) heat wave, we'd have more time to customize a long-term management scheme for her.
But....after Doc had me listen to her lungs today, I'm not terribly optimistic. There is so much scarring that at least one area of one lung is not moving any air at all. Another area literally sounded like a rusty door hinge, which Doc said was the tissues of the bronchi trying to pull apart and take in air. It was the strangest sound I've ever heard through a stethoscope.
The good news is that Marye is very bright and alert, eating well and grazing so we'll keep tweaking her care and see if we can get this under control. On the other hand, she's not buying the reasoning that we need to get her breathing under control before allowing her to go out with a herd.
We're doing our best to keep dust down, 24/7 turnout except during meals, but we are having a mildew problem this year, with more rainfall than normal.
Meanwhile, we're open to any and all alternative or complementary treatment ideas. We don't care how off the wall they may sound!