Unsoundness in Horses..

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  1. welshysaint

    welshysaint Full Member

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    I was looking at some videos through You Tube and I stumbles across this one which i found to be quite interesting.

    Im not sure, but some people on this forum MAY take offense to this video so I would like to say first up that its not an attack on anyone and their style of riding, I just thought I would share it as it was interesting to myself.

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5TdgH5XNTk"]YouTube - www.horseproblems.com.au - The language of 'Eques'[/ame]

    Let me know what you all think.. agree or disagree??
     
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  2. Lou3

    Lou3 Senior Member+

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    He makes some great points. A lot of people ride lame horses and think they are absolutely fine. I see lame horses frequently being ridden at competitions and in riding schools. It amazes me how often people cannot tell that their horse is in pain.
     
  3. ahorseofcourse

    ahorseofcourse Senior Member+

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    I totally agree with Lou. It really needs to be pushed more at shows. Thanks for sharing.
     
  4. southern_horse

    southern_horse Senior Member

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    Yes, he does make some good points. My horse bucks most of the time when we start to canter. It's hard for me to tell whether he is in pain or if he's just feeling good or just being naughty. He behaves himself the rest of the ride. The saddles that I have been riding him in seem to fit him well, so that can't be the case. My BM/Instructor even said the saddles fit him well. Though my friend said that he may need his back adjusted. Though again, it's hard to tell whether he is in pain or just feeling perky.
     
  5. Haas Horse Farm

    Haas Horse Farm Senior Member+

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    Yes it would amaze you how many horses are ridden that are not sound. I put a gelding down this evening because he will never be sound again and the quality of life is just not there for him. The farrier and vet both told me I am one of the very few they know that are willing to do what is best for the horse. I don't know if that is strange or not but they both commented that many of their clients will not put a horse down that is in a lot of pain and there is not hope for improvement. I was there with the vet when we put him down and the horse reacted to something severely that the vet gave him. The vet said that the reaction that the horse had to the sedative prior to the euthanasia tells him that the horse had a lot more issues going on than we were aware of. The shot was not supposed to put him down but less than 30 seconds after the IV injection he was down and somewhat reactionary. It was a surprise to the vet. Another comment from the vet that surprised me was when I mentioned that my husband wanted to shoot the horse instead of having him euthanized and the vet responded that it would have been a quicker and less painful death. In fact the vet was surprised that I called him to come put him down instead of just doing it ourselves. I told him I was concerned about not having the right caliber gun to do the job and also concerned if there was an issue with the horse because of all his aliments. I did not want to misfire or have something go wrong without the vet there and have a partially injured horse and have it be more painful. I had always thought that a bullet was less traumatic to the animal and it was nice to have it confirmed by a vet. I do know that there was definitely some other type of infection/illness going on since the site where the euthanasia shots were given on the neck refused to clot.
     
  6. welshysaint

    welshysaint Full Member

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    im sorry to hear that Haas.. however, it seems like you have grown quite a thick skin and for that I applaude you and find it an excellent feature in a horse owner.

    So yeah, in YouTube, i have watched more of this persons videos and i like them.. Very straightforward i think.. :)
     
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  7. royalrox

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    my computer doesn't have sound:(but those horses were not happy campers, and yes you see way to many DEAD lame horses at shows etc there is a certain someone at a lot of the shows in my area who skips all the flat classes and when she goes into jump picks up the canter right away because at the trot her horse is basically three legged, its still a little off at the canter but she gets away with it, poor animal
     






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