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Wednesday, November 21st, 2007
12:06 am - Joint Ill (aka Joint Sickness) in the foal

This came up on my personal journal after a neighbour of mine ran up to me yesterday telling me about symptoms a foal they had bought had. The foal had to be put to sleep sadly. The foal was "joint ill" or as some people say had "joint sickness".

It is essentially a care issue, but if you are not around at the time of the birth then you don't know exactly what has gone on. In most cases though it is preventable. The foal my neighbours bought though, I suspect the people who took the colt to auction knew he had this before they took him to auction. I can't proove that but I can't help but think they knew he would at least be at risk. The people I mention who bought him only had him a few days before he had to be put to sleep.

For anyone who has an interest in foals or comes into contact with them, here's an article from Horse & Hound magazine which can be found at - http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/horsecare/1370/57741.html

Joint-ill in the foal is usually a result of a blood-borne infection (septicemia), often associated with problems such as lack of the vital first milk, known as colostrum, without which a foal will have inadequate immunity to fight off infection.

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Tuesday, November 13th, 2007
5:29 pm - Its the right time of the year to be thinking about next year's breeding

For those in the northern hemisphere! Those in the South, remember this in 6 months :-)

OK, some of you will think me TOTALLY strange for saying this but seriously, if you are thinking of breeding a mare in the spring/summer of 2008 then this is the right time of year to be looking at stallions.

He will be in his winter coat, most likely a bit rough, this will mean you see the stallion at his worst in terms of body condition. You will be seeing the true horse not some show-shine-covered sparkly thing. If he is a hard keeper you will be able to tell this in the winter as that is something very often passed on to foals so you will want to know this before you confirm you want to use him for breeding.

You will see him out of working season which will mean you will be more likely to see his true character rather than the hormone-adjusted hyped-up twinkle toes of a stallion who is snorting his way down the yard trying to get the attention of all the girls, in short his head will be on the job of ridden work in the winter so you can see his "normal" movement and not what hes like when his head is only on where his next mare is coming from. This will mean you will see his true temperament for work rather than his hormonal issues. Afterall, how many colts born from him will be kept as stallions? Very few I'd guess, so don't you want to know what the temperament is like when hormones are not running away with his one remaining braincell?

You can have a look at his weanlings and older offspring. You will be able to see how his older offspring hold their weight and how they move when they too are not charged up with hormones.

Whilst I do think that seeing his temperament is important during normal stud season, hormone levels can change from day to day, horse to horse etc and you can get things to help with hormonal issues. However, seeing a stallion when he's all up on his toes after the mares... he will always impress someone with his movement, but how about in the winter when there are no hormonal mares egging him on?

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Wednesday, June 13th, 2007
6:52 pm - WE HAVE A BABY on the way!!!


This is from this mare

and this stallion

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Thursday, May 31st, 2007
9:43 pm

For those of you who haven't heard of Rendaivu.com, I highly recommend checking it out. It is a GREAT FREE database for storing your horse info. Including pedigrees, purchases, medical records, finances. It is incredible! Check it out!

x-posted a couple places

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Friday, April 13th, 2007
9:32 am - Found on another list and put before this one...

Good morning..new to the group..I enjoy reading your posts. I have a
question..If you have a stallion with very poor motility..say 30%
motility when collected and then in 24 hours after being extended it
drops to about 5% motility...the heads of the sperm cell are then
transparent, cells don't spin..they just die...what does this
indicate? Thanks for your time.

I saw this on an email group I'm on called EquineRepo. This post made me think so I'm putting it to you guys to see if anyone here knows the answer... Evil_C you just had the insemination classes, what do you think? Thank goodness both my guys have super sperm, I would hate to have this problem! -S.

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Saturday, February 17th, 2007
1:40 am

Hey everyone check out my website and go to the farm news section!!!! We're really getting him!!!!

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Wednesday, February 7th, 2007
1:21 am

Okay, can finally say with some sense of certainty that Up and Over Farm will be housing this horse as he semi-retires to Stud

This is the mare on my userpics sire! Everyone keep your fingers crossed that all goes well and we do get to keep him here. Will keep all updated on things as they progress, we probably won't get him till mid to late March since he's in Florida right now and body clipped and his owner (wonderful, sweet, amazing woman) doesn't want him to get thrown into this colder weather when its at it's worst. This will also give me time to ride with his trainer/rider (Ralph Hill) and learn how to handle and ride Mr. Winston so I know all his buttons and can keep his cues consistent. Still holding my breath until he actually arrives but I think its now a done deal! Like I said everyone keep your fingers crossed!

XPosted to: Dressage, Eventing, Warmblood_Love, Equestrian

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Saturday, September 2nd, 2006
5:16 pm - Do you know what a clitoral fossa is? Poll ...


Hi everyone!!  :)

I'm wondering if some of you will help me out here.   I might cross post this to a few horse groups ... so if you see it more than once, I apologize.

I'm submitting an article about mare care to a popular horse magazine, hopefully to be published (they've already accepted publication for my first article) ... and I wanted to get some general public opinion on the subject. 

Can you take the poll if you have a minute, and give me an idea whether the subject is relevant to mare owners?  Whether you are a breeder, or a general horse owner ... or even if you don't or have never owned a mare ... I'd love to know what the general knowledge out there is on this subject so I can see if it matches my ideas.  That probably doesn't make much sense to anyone else LOL, and I'm sorry.   

But it is only one question, so it should only take about 1 minute of your time.  It is completely anonymous, so please just be honest in your answer.  It should be completely painless, so if you have one minute to spare ... please just click and answer with the option that best describes your overall knowledge. 

Or you can just ignore this and move on.   ;)   But if you do take the poll, thank you in advance for your time and your help.  I appreciate it!   

The poll is here:

Thanks!!  :)

current mood: curious

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Monday, July 31st, 2006
10:27 pm - my "beginner's luck" was jinxed by a vet

Hi, my name is Ellen and i'm new to this group. I have a Walkaloosa mare who just had her first foal--and my first foal, too. *see title* I dont really believe that.. but it kind of makes sense...
When I bred my horse she got pregnant right away, my vet said my horse and i had beginner's luck. But you see... 11 months later my horse's foal was born with a birth defect in his right fore leg which all the vets we've seen have deemed as "plain bad luck". Okay, so heres what's up: his fetlock joint in that leg will not flex as far as it should and the leg and hoof is slightly smaller than the rest of his legs. This does not affect him very much as a foal but i am afraid it will as he grows up. All the vets have said they have never seen a case like his, they say it is a birth defect and was not inherited from the dam or sire, and they don't know what to do about it.
We have tried doing physical therapy with the joint and the flexibility has improved a little bit. I don't know what's next. the vets havent really come to a conclusion but they think it is that his tendons are too short/tight and that is why it is not bending as far as it should (they have taken xrays-looks normal except slightly smaller). I have heard of surgeries and medicines that they give to horses with contracted tendons but i don't know if this is similar to that.
My reason for posting is to find anyone who's ever heard of a similar situation or who has any advice for me... I am kind of unsure what to do at this point and i want to do something while he is young. i really would appreciate any suggestions/advice/ anything!! and feel free to go read my foals journal and comment :) thanks!

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Sunday, June 25th, 2006
1:46 pm

This is on_a_grey_horse, posting for evil_c.

One year, one month, one week, and 4.5 hours after he entered the world, the baby known as Minion departed it. He was with those who loved him most and in the best possible care; unfortunately his body could no longer keep up the fight.

I will leave the rest for evil_c to tell, in her own time.

current mood: devestated

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Monday, June 5th, 2006
3:46 am - Last ditch attempt - Lawsonia

My yearling, Minion, is believed to have Lawsonia. He is suffering badly. It is at the point where we know he may not be with is for much longer, but we are trying to fight it with everything possible. The trouble is, it is a very rare bacterial condition and very little is known about it. My vet has been a vet for 26 years and he had never come across a case in his life.

It seems to be most popular in the east side of Canada. Certainly this is only about the 4th case in the UK ever thought to exist.

PLEASE, if you know ANYTHING about Lawsonia other than what I can find on the internet PLEASE contact me ASAP! We need to know how to ease his suffering whilst the drugs have a chance to work. We have had to stop the drugs tonight because he is in so much pain. He is weak, he is not himself, he can hardly walk. He is deathly thin, his bones are sticking out everywhere and he has very little interest in anything going on around him. He wont eat his food, he will just pick at hay and alfalfa.

If you know anyone who has a lot of youngstock (it affects weanlings to yearling ages) who may have dealth with it, especially anyone in Canada, please could you ask them what they did for their babies to help them out.

Minion has lost so much weight. He has lost a noticeable amount in the past 36 hours which was when we started the treatment for Lawsonia. He doesnt look anything like he used to. He was so amazing as a baby, but now he is all bones. His hip bones are sticking out so far, you can count his ribs from 20 feet away, you can see every joint in his body. His spine is sticking up over an inch down his back.

If you can help, my email address is C@Piceur.com

x-posted because I dont know what else to do.

current mood: anxious

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Tuesday, January 10th, 2006
1:14 am - book recommendations?

Hello, everyone. We've recently signed a contract on our first broodmare, and I'm eager to hear experienced breeders' recommendations on good research materials for a new breeding establishment. Gary and I both grew up on farms and I've had several horses, but this is our first foray into breeding. We intend to breed Egyptian Arabians. What are some of your favorite books and resources for running a breeding operation?

Thank you!
Coreada Kelly

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Monday, November 28th, 2005
8:23 pm

Hey guys, does anyone know how I can teach my 14 year old, 15.3 hand, arabian mare to bow? I have an idea but I'd like to hear your thoughts.

Thanks in advanced!


X-posted in a lot of places.

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Monday, August 29th, 2005
6:59 pm

Hey everyone!
Its Splat, i'm sorta.. back?

Its been quiet a few months. But i've been busy. Lots of drama. Including horse drama.
BUT star is doing GREAT.
I have a few pictures from one of our 4H shows....

*sighs* things are getting better and better! whoot!
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yeah.. I know... I hope to stay around from now on. Just saying HI... welll, HI EVERYONE!


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Sunday, August 21st, 2005
4:17 pm

Anyone know a Miniature horse for sale?Collapse )

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Thursday, August 18th, 2005
8:50 pm

Anyone know how I can locate information on my horse? Any sites I can go to to do some research? I just found his papers but when I went to his registry's site (The Jocky Club) there was no way to get any information.
I'm asking because the previous owners only sent us his registration paper from 2000, No pedigree, or list of races he was in, nothing. I don't think they were very good at what they did.
Thanks in advance.

X posted

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Wednesday, May 25th, 2005
10:53 pm

Hi guys,
I've put together an interactive forum that includes all aspects of the horse world. There's sections for breeding, training, horse health, tack, classifieds, and all different disciplines. I'm hoping it'll be useful to everyone, and fun at the same time. No flaming, no rudeness, etc. Everything will be moderated.. Not to a strict point, but to make sure all the members are happy and no one is getting targeted for something they shouldn't be. I'm still configuring things and whatnot, so if you have any ideas or suggestions, please let me know.

Check it out, please! (And if I'm not supposed to advertise here, I'm sorry and feel free to delete this post!)


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Wednesday, May 4th, 2005
11:08 am - What would you do?

Ack... someone is interested in buying my filly. I haven't even put her on the market yet... no rush or time or 'desire'- but this woman owns a Novator mare (like Sunlight) and is familiar with the athleticism and temperement of the bloodlines. She sought me and my girl out. Carl and Tracey are wanting to encourage a sale of both Glo (Hanoverian/Arab cross) and Lievertje (my Arab 2 yr old filly- Novator lines) to this woman... and admittedly its probably a good home.

1) I don't really want to sell her! She's my baby! She loves me and I love her... plus within a year I can actually start 'doing' stuff with her- and that's the REALLY fun part. See what she has and go from there.
2) The price Carl and Tracey are suggesting I ask is not as high as I want to sell her for... Id imagine I could get more... but the market is so in the tank... its a bit of a risk. She's a gorgeous girl with killer charisma and movement- very well socialized- why hurry for the sake of selling? I haven't really put any feelers out yet... so I don't know for sure. ON the other hand I'm busy and spending hours marketing this little mare isn't something I can easily do- I don't have any current pictures or video- all of my time is spent socializing/playing/training her. No fluff.

That said...
~I'm in college... I'm out of money... supporting two horses is not easy.
~This would be a good show home with someone who knows the strengths and quirks of that occasionally feisty Novator blood (ms. attitude works for postive and negative...)The woman owns a mare and seems to understand the need to communicate as opposed to dominate and intimidate (the latter two rarely working with these willful/opinionated/intelligent horses)
~I can't breed Sunlight before I've sold my Sunnovah baby- I can't afford three horses... no way... but I'd REALLY like to breed her to a warmblood and Percheron- get something a little bigger for my longer legs. WOuld be nice to ride without seeing the shadow of my feet by the belly. ;p Of course I don't know how big she'll get- Sunlight (her dam) is *almost* 16 hands- big for an Arabian mare. Plus Sunlight isn't getting younger- and it's undeniable that she's a happier horse when pregnant and with foal at side- she fills out wonderfully and actually GAINS weight even during cold Wisconsin winters- after having moved up here from Florida.
~I don't know when another buyer will come along...

Ick- common sense says I should sell... but my heart doesn't want to. Practically speaking almost everything points toward working this deal... but practicality doesn't always win. I'll talk to my parents tonight. I'd like to get the womans phone number... but I also don't want Carl and Tracey thinking I potentially messed up a sale on Glo. Gah! Help? What should I do?

What would you sell her for (based on little info.)
Her lines excel at jumping/dressage- I've already tested her over some ground poles and she's crisp and tight like her mother- great natural form and interest. I've spent countless hours messing with her- had her first bath/rinse around a couple weeks at mothers side. Imprint trained and a total lover- lets me sit on her when she's laying down in her stall. Conformation is really working itself out nicely... any advice from horse owners/breeders/sellers or anybody in general?
I'll take whatever you can give me. Please.

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Tuesday, March 22nd, 2005
4:42 pm - Basics on breeding and foaling

As several people are asking about pregnancy in horses recently I thought I would post this. It is basic info about broodmares and foals and may answer some questions that people have with regard the issue.

The webpage is prepared by the National Foaling Bank whos aim it is to put together foster mares and orphan foals when either a mare or foal is lost. Sadly, the statistics seem to show that there are always more orphan foals than foster mares which clearly suggests that more mares are lost each year than foals. Worrying thought for any in-foal mare owner!


Info on the National Foaling Bank (only in UK as far as I am aware) can be found at their (limited) website http://www.piaffe.org/national_foaling_bank/

Anyone in the UK who is even considering putting their mare in foal I would strongly urge to join the National Foaling Bank and keep your membership going. It *is* cheap and should the worst happen and you lose either mare or foal, these people will probably save your sanity and do all the hard work for you in finding a foster mare or foal to make your surviving horse's life better and they can make the arrangements. Many studs will offer this sort of service I am sure, but it is still good to know that someone out there does this sort of thing for the love of the animals (this does not make a profit by any means) because they care.

X-posted due to being useful info!

current mood: busy

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Tuesday, March 8th, 2005
1:39 am - moving help :)

so i'm planning to move to socal, LA area..

does anybody recommend any good barns for me to check out?


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