Archive for August, 2017

PostHeaderIcon Just Another Trail Ride by Hope Robinson

Our ride began on a lovely tree lined, shady trail until we encountered LIMBS DOWN. Ugh. No way to get through. We guffawed at the thought of getting OFF our horses to lead them through the branches. Get OFF? Then, remount FROM THE GROUND? Seriously? Nope.

Susan and I are loath to back track, but that was our only option. At the fork in the trail, we turned north. Low ground that had turned to ribbons of algae slop caused Cisco to LEAP across to save himself and Susan with him. It was SPECTACULAR! Cisco put much more effort into his launch than he or Susan needed. They lived.

Then, we followed a mowed trail into a sunflower field. Sunflowers weeks beyond their prime. We watched as herds of deer, hiding in the tall flowers, leapt to their feet to flee the field as we rode deep into their resting area. We retreated the way we had come.

“Run little possum!” Nope, he stared us down from the side of the trail. Did not budge. It could have been all over if he’d chosen to chase us!

Susan and I continued riding towards the road. Trees lining both sides of our trail, opening onto the road ahead. ZOOM! No sound. ZOOM! For a blink we see a bicycle/rider cross from left to right at sonic bicycle speed several strides ahead. Both horses saw the bicycle missile, thought to save themselves, and us with them! Good Susan Engle trained horses, reacted big, but mostly in place. After we assessed ourselves, we asked, “Are you OK?” Then, laughed. WE LIVED!

PostHeaderIcon A Wonderful Compliment- miraculous

Good information! Thank You Susan! And then it happened…I went down the Rabbit Hole of Susan’s Blog and have been happily reading your blog for an hour. I love you honesty. Makes me feel less alone on my horse adventures and gave me many belly laughs. I had to claw my way out of the Rabbit Hole to go pick up my truck. But I will surely retun to reading them very soon. Love to read your quirky writing! PS: Now don’t get a big head over this post. As you know I tend not to be this kind. Sarcasm is more my speed.

PostHeaderIcon Stifle Horse Problem Injury for Beginner Human Understanding

Turns out Cisco has EPM. It is a neurological disease. All info below did not apply to Cisco. We are in the midst of fighting that disease now. We are expecting 100% recovery.

I was a beginning human in “stifle” when Cisco became lame on his right back leg this past February. Lame means limping in this instance. I had confusion about where the stifle is located in the horse. It was explained to me it was the horse’s knee. I’ve always been confused about the horse’s knee and the hock. I thought they must be the same, but from millions of conversations, I had my doubts. I always just pretended to know the different parts of the horse’s hind leg. Being in horses 20 plus years would make one assume that they understood horses’ joints. I was just too embarrassed to ask anyone about my knee and hock confusion. Normally I don’t mind showing my uneducation, but not on this subject! It sounded so easy. Oh was I dead wrong!

Here are parts of the horse-labeled

Here is a good article to start with except it doesn’t have a picture of a real horse. This article is just slightly frightening!

Here is the best article so far that I have read by immensely respected Nancy S. Loving. And it is frightening….

Here is an article with pictures and beginner understandable language. This article is followed by many many links to other informative stifle articles. Also this article has pictures which really help our beginner understanding.

Here is a detailed written explanation of how vet medicine is coming along with stifle lameness.

Here is the web site of a human and horse physical therapist who specializes in rehabilitation of the horse stifle. I bought her DVD and now understand more of what is going on. Also there is a great discussion amount different people who have tried most of the treatments that are done with the stifle. These treatments are what your vet will recommend for your horse. Horse and Hound Physical Therapy

The stifle lameness took me highs and lows from February to August. Lameness and seemingly recovery and then lameness again. Plus I was sick during this time. I was found to have an internal blood leaking problem which I self-diagnosed as a vitamin defiancy until I thought my heart would explode and went to emergency room! It has been a rough first half. There were tears about Cisco. Stifle! I hate that word and all the anguish.

Thank you good friend Mindy who guided me to The Horse and Hound DVD and now finding and reading these articles above. Thank you Tony Vaught for continue to improve Cisco’s body and leg balance with his shoes. Tony is a Healthy Stride Farrier and works with Linda Parelli’s horses when they are located in Florida.
I think we need to keep Cisco’s shoes on this coming winter!

I am still confused, but Cisco is now 85% sound in my opinion. I might be an intermediate beginning stifle learning human now.
Note: I was riding Cisco and put my feet out of the stirrups and pretended to ride bareback. Immediately, my toes went up and heels down. Then I felt it! I felt the wobble at the right leg stifle. Aha! Now I can feel it when my feet are in the stirrups. Try it.

Trail riding was going great with Cisco. His gaits were strong. I felt no wobbles for around a month. I left town for 10 days. His pasture situation is static. He and other horses walk occasionally about a football field to graze twice a day.
When we had our first trail ride his back feet were slipping like a very short slide stop. Hmmmm. Second ride we increased our distance from 5 miles to 7 miles. We were on about 4 miles when something went very wrong and a lameness napped for about 4 steps. He recovered, but I thought I felt a slight wobble. On the third ride at about a mile, he started laboring to walk. It didn’t feel lame. But it felt awful. We turned around and headed back to,trailer and he commenced to pace at a regular walk. That is an awful feeling.
I became hysterical. At home I saw him dragging his back toes. Stifle was back!
I called our local Magna wave person and after his treatment, his toes no longer dragged. He was using his hind end and picking up his feet. Yesterday I had the she replaced. Today is a massage.

I asked a Facebook horse friend group to tell me their stifle experience. Here goes:
>I had a little horse who had stifle issues and had the tendons in both hind legs cut. he was 7 or 8 when we had the surgery he did great lived to be 34 and never took a bad step after that. I used him for competitive trail rides and then my nephew rode him and then my niece rode him.

>I have a liitle mare with a stifle problem. It comes and goes. Right now I am using Magna Wave Therapy on her. It still comes and goes, but, it has really helped and so far she hasn’t been a candidate foe surgery or shots.

>my vet says cut it there will be no issues later no more then there is in any old horse they all get some arthritis he has never had any horses with issues later down the road i do believe this cause my barrel horse was clipped he did so good afterwards and my uncle bought him from me yrs later, he rode him in the mountains hunting then yrs later he was sold to a family to be a kids horse he never had any issues. yes gaited horses seem to have it more i have snip a couple it healed in a couple days and was riding in 4 days

>I know several that had the tendon cut and never had problems because of it. A couple lived to 30 and didn’t have arthritis in their stifles and several are late 20s now

>Chatted with a fox trotter show horse owner who had the tendons cut on their horse. Horse was soon recovered and doing great. The horse relapsed when shown in a small arena. Later horse was shown at World Show and won ribbons.

Talked to another that had stifle tendon cut. Horse is also a show horse and is doing great.

Chatted a couple months ago with a person who had gaited horse tendons cut. Horse went thru a lot of rehab and finally ended up with a rideable horse with a correct, but short stride.

>Dr. Frees at Wilhite and Frees veterinary is one of the few vets skilled at treating upward fixation of the patella. Instead of cutting the tendon horizontally, it is cut vertically in small inscesions: Medial patella ligament splitting .Works very well and the horse is still able to lock its leg at rest.

9/25/2017. Took Cisco to Dr Randy today. I was expecting Open heart surgery, kidney transplant, and brain surgery.
Instead he had a chiropractic treatment.
His left hip was locked. He had TMJ. His lower neck acupressure point tested positive.
All his muscles are tense. Back legs are stiff.
We are to switch to lower starch feed, start a magnesium supplement, exercise starting Wednesday, keep a diary and come back in a month.
I’ll let you know what feed we switch too later.
I’m not to expect immediate change for a week, so arena riding will work best. Also his history that I have recounted might signal EPM. (Don’t worry about that. I know it’s not EPM.). No pain was felt in stifle. Dr Randy asked me why stifle was diagnosed. He hasn’t cut a stifle for years. (It is the gaited horse magic cure.)

I’m having an extra large margarita in Celebration


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