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October 01, 2007

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Anne

I'm glad things went the way they did for you. And that both resolved quickly. I'm very envious and impressed that you could "do it yourself." My horse would be lame for life. I'm also envious of your good native hooves. Thoroughbreds have no feet, thin hoof walls and very sensitive attitudes. At least in my experience. Do you take a group out every week?

transylvanianhorseman

Hi Anne, I send out a group weekly. Some groups I lead, others Diane (my other guide) takes out. We've been busy this year. We need to be, though, so as to make it through the long winter months when the horses eat so much.

I think that most people can be pretty self reliant too. Sometimes one needs to know whether or not to worry. A hoof abscess isn't going to cripple a horse (though he can look really lame, hardly able to walk on a hard surface, before the abscess ruptures.) The slight but chronic lameness is a greater threat. I guess that, with 30 horses around here, one gets to see more "problems" than with 1 or 2. That can mean a lot of homework finding out about horses, and why things go wrong with horses.

The native breeds are very reliable, generally. The most reliable thing is their sound minds. They are tough, too. The difficult terrain can cause the occasional lameness. One tries to deal with those, for instance if there is a tendon strain, bandage the lower leg and get the horse to stand half an hour in a stream, immediately if possible.

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