Skip to comments.FreeRepublic Saddle Club thread! - Thread 12
Posted on 08/07/2007 7:33:14 AM PDT by HairOfTheDog
This is a horse chat thread where we share ideas, ask for input from other horsemen, and talk about our riding and horse-keeping. We have a lot of different kinds of riders and horses, and a lot to share, usually about our horses, sometimes about our dogs, gardens and other stuff we do. :~)
I have a ping list for horse threads that are of interest, and MissTargets will ping everyone most mornings. Let MissTargets and/or me know if you would like to be on the ping list.
So... like the previous threads, this is intended as fun place to come and share stories, pictures, questions and chit-chat, unguided and unmoderated and that we come together here as friends.
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The FreeRepublic Saddle Club thread! - Thread 11
New folk and occasional posters, jump right in and introduce yourselves, tell us about your horses, and post pictures if you've got them!
Those are Clematis. I’m glad that you enjoy them. I love photography- it’s something that I dropped for a while but have rediscovered. I love sharing the pictures that I take.
Well, looks like the girls got out on parole. I’m sure they were glad to get out of there. And don’t worry about them, they’ll be fine. They’ll probably be back around to their old haunts by the afternoon. I’ve always let my barn cats out the next day after they were spayed. They’re a whole lot happier and less stressed that way. You done good taking care of them like you did. It’s a whole lot more than most people would have done.
Yeah - I feel good about it. I’ll be watching for them, maybe give them some special treats out in the barn for awhile, with no cage in sight, so they can return to some normalcy. I’m going to try to keep the dogs and cats in as much as possible today so they can explore around and get their bearings.
Oh - And I have a new farrier! One of them called back. Appointment’s not till July, but I liked the guy. Glad I started calling early, that was his first opening. Bay will only be a week or so overdue at most then.
I had gotten up early to water the plants and such before it got too hot, but I remembered that I hadn't unloaded my tack out of the trailer from Saturday's ride so I went around back, got the strap goods, hosed them off and hung them up to dry, then picked up my black felt saddle sheet and carried it around to the front. It was pretty smelly and I didn't want to take it in the house to wash right then so I just dropped it outside the front door and went on with my watering. While I was doing that, my husband opened the door for the cats to go out, but they got freaked out by that black blanket laying there and didn't want to go past it. He thought that was kinda strange, but just shooed them on out anyways, but when they went past it, they just shot past it like it was going to get them or something.
So about that time I got done with my watering and decided to go on in the house and take that blanket with me to throw in the washer, but when I picked it up there was this big brownish blackish thing underneath it and it took me a second or two to realize that it was a big ol’ snake coiled up under there. I have no idea where he came from, because he wasn't there when I put the blanket down less than 30 minutes before. But he kinda startled me, so I scream “Oh SH!T” and jumped back and my husband comes running to the door and I'm pointing and hollering “Snake!” and he's hollering “Get the hoe” through the door.
But by this time I'd gotten over the initial shock of seeing him and had time to get my wits about me so I gave him a closer look. I could see that he wasn't a poisonous snake, judging by the shape of his head and eyes, and I'm not one to just kill a snake because he's a snake, so I just go get a garden rake and try to scoop him up with that to take him back to the woods. But my husband hates snakes and he's screaming “Kill the d@mned snake!” and I'm yelling “No!” and he's yelling “Don't make me have to come out there and give you a cussin’. That snake’ll be back before you get back to the house!”. And the snake keeps crawling off the rake every few feet, and he's like 4 feet long, so I finally just grab him by the tail and carry him the rest of the way and fling him into the woods, which nearly causes my husband to have a stroke. So needless to say, I didn't go back in the house for a while until he'd had a chance to calm down. I mean, heck, it was just a water snake. I thought it was funny after it was all said and done, and definitely added a little excitement to our Sunday morning, but my hubby obviously didn't think so. I have a feeling that if he sees that snake again that there's going to be hell to pay. ;o)
Good news about the new farrier! Hopefully this guy will work out. I’ll keep my fingers crossed!
Laughing out loud here! What a frenzy of activity! I think it would have caused the same thing here, but I don't know which of us would be shouting what!!! :~) What do you think hon? Which side are you on? ;~)
Yikes! We don’t have any snakes near that big. Just little foot-long garder snakes.
If Lee hadn’t been there I would’ve put him in the shed. We’ve got mice in there like crazy. You know I was telling you about finding them in buckets in there all the time. I have a feeling if ol’ Harvey the snake lived in there that there wouldn’t be any mice.
Heh... you’re probably right! I think they’d be better than a cat for getting in tight spaces.
Is this really him or just a picture of one of his relatives? Looks like a good ole rat snake. My hubby hates snakes too, he probably woulda blown it away with his service pistol. Ther are "of the devil" LOL
Just a pic of one one of his relatives. According to the pic he was a Northern Water Snake. Rat snakes are blacker.
Well, he is misplaced then does he not know this is not the north? LOL Personally I have never, nor hopefully will I ever, get close enough to tell the difference! Looks like a rattler with out the rattle to me. Snakes are snakes.
Sounds like how my husband used to react. He was terrified of snakes for most of his life.
I love the pictures. You have a great talent there. Praying you life gets much better soon.
Beaker that does sound like fun:)
I heard an interesting story yesterday from one of my neighbors, Beth. Her horse colicked Sun. She came home saw the horses and everything was fine, 20 minutes later she went out and one of them was down thrashing around. At first she thought it was the flies bothering the horse, then her and her husband thought the horse may be having seizures. They got hold of a vet and took the horse in, it was not only colic but a twisted gut.
The vet sedated the horse, to give them time to go over their options. PUt the horse down, surgery, or take the horse home on pain meds and see what happens. The vet said the chances of survival looked very slim.
They brought the horse home. Kept her medicated all thru the night, and also kept her moving, not just walking but running. The vet did not advise this a friend of theirs told them to do this.
The horse survived! I’ve never heard of a horse surviving a twisted gut, I thought that was automatically a death sentence. Surgery being a 50/50 chance.
Now that is going to be fun. How do we get pictures of you doing the tango :) Hope you do enjoy it.
And is he single? :~)
Very interesting. Enough jostling for it to jostle loose, I guess. I guess there was a fifty fifty change it would twist worse, or untwist. Good for her and the horse.
Let us know how the horse does if you hear okay? I’ve always thought like you, that the twisted gut was a death sentence. Did they explain how the running worked? Did it make the gut untwist? I guess it must have.
How goes things with you?
I’m assuming that since the horse is not colicky anymore the gut did untwist. I can only guess that all the shaking and jarring from the running did it.
My thoughts about it was: I’d find it hard to make a horse who would have been at that level of pain work that hard, altho I guess if she was medicated enough she wasn’t feeling the pain. And two, I’d wonder, and only time will tell, if she isn’t going to be prone to this now.
Things are going for me as well as can be expected I guess. One day at a time.
Wow, that sounds like a blast! I’d love to be able to do something like that. Once you learn it, you’ve GOT to get somebody to video you doing it so we can see it. I’m glad you’re getting out and doing something fun.
I had a good thing happen today....I rented out the doctor’s office in my building:) To a flower shop, that has been in business in Bixby since 1965. So it’s a good solid business, the building they are presently in is going to be tore down to widen the road. This is the second time in about 2 years this has happened to them. They are looking for some place to stay long term. So they are very good prospect at being long term.
I never expected that place to rent without major remodeling being done, so this is a big relief.
Wow that IS good news! Major good news. And they may paint and such to brighten it up if they stay there. That would be easy enough!
I just told my embarrassing story from Oklahoma here:
LOL....I remember that:)
Yeah, they have already asked if they can paint...of course I said what ever you want short of anything that would cause structural damage:)
Are the inside office walls structural walls? or could they open it up in the back?
Mmm... I think so. ;-) Heh. I’m having a hard time finding a place to go dancing though. It’s mostly clubs that I’m finding. Tough!
What am I, Captain Obvious? ;~)
You could Tango at nicer clubs, people would enjoy seeing it! But if you really want Ballroom Dance music, consider Elks or Eagle's clubs. Course, you might be the only ones there under 70.
And have fun doing it! I’d think he’s fairly unattached if he’s offering gals dancing lessons on a Saturday night. :~)
Hey wait, you have a very VERY good point. I tend to be fairly oblivious to these things.
That’s fantastic. A flower shop will be cool. Maybe as part of their rent they can give you fresh flowers once a week or so :)
I told my husband about the twisted gut. He said he sure would like to hear follow-ups on the horse. He’s never heard of that, however, he had never heard of locking up foals with crooked legs either and he admits that worked. And has since advised other people to do the same :)
I guess just assuming that he is single isn’t a good idea, huh? I’m the trusting sort but nowdays you never know.
I seriously hope this is the something good coming into your life :)
I’m curious how they get a diagnosis of twisted gut without opening the horse up? Isn’t it somewhat of a guess?
It seems like they would have to do some sort of ultrasound or xrays or something. There would have to be something other than a guess.
From what Beth told me, when the vet did a rectal exam, she could not reach in as far as normal.
I’ve always been under the impression that a vet can tell a twisted gut from listening to the gut. In fact I was with a friend at the time a vet examined her horse and diagnosed a twisted gut. She had the horse put down.
I have to admit, this whole thing makes me tiny skeptical of the diagnoses. Personally, I’m surprised that the vets gave them the option of coming home at all, even with meds. I mean, I know a vet couldn’t stop them if they did it on their own, but that was an option the vet gave.
LOL...I prefer cold hard cash:). Don't get me wrong I like flowers, and it will be nice to have a flower business in the building. It will be nice for our downtown business section also. Downtown Bixby has been dead for so long, so many empty buildings, we desperately need retail businesses down there. Now with this addition, all the businesses that are down there are all right here together, with my building being the first you come too. One of the reasons they liked the location so well.
That’s what I would be curious about, what they see or hear that tells them. We see a diagnosis all the time of twisted gut, especially on fatal cases, but there’s not always a necropsy, so I wonder how they really know? I don’t think I’ve ever asked.
I’m surprised too, that coming home was an option.
Heeeeey, looks like we’re back up and running! I’ve not been able to get onto FR all day! Not fun!
* tap tap tap *
So is this thing on then? :~)
Hey that’s great about the flower shop moving into your building. They should be a nice quiet tennant that shouldn’t give you any trouble. I’m sure the added income will be a big help and give you a little more peace of mind too.
LOL - I wouldn’t give them a break on the rent, just hope for flowers in addition to the rent.
I don’t know, I think if a vet told me twisted gut, I’d want more than a listen or a rectal exam. That’s asking for a lot of faith in what is essentally an opinion when you are talking about putting a horse down, don’t you think?
I ran into Beth in town again yesterday, and the horse is doing fine.
LOL...I guess she has been getting a lot of comments from people doubting it was a twisted gut. She told me she has taken to carrying around the paper the vet gave her that says “twisted gut”.
The little I have visited with them they do seem like very nice people. I’m looking forward to having them around.
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