Muck Boots On A Budget

A great choice for much boots at half the cost of The Original Muck Boot Company – The Ranger Boots.

They come in low, medium and high.  Waterproof, ick proof, and surprisingly comfortable even for knotted up, gnarly feet.  Highly recommended!

Ranger Muck Boots

It’s been a while since the last review here on the blog.  Not much to get excited about, muck boots.  But getting something of decent quality that will keep the feet dry, clean and warm this winter is.  Especially since it left money available to buy something else too.  That’s exciting!

This time, a Weatherbeeta Windbreaker Dog Blanket.  Ordered from Valley Vet.com.  It’s a great place to get horse prescriptions on a budget.  And apparently also tons of other stuff…

Didn’t pick this crazy safety color on the package, got the navy blue one, (Seen pictured in the Weatherbeeta Link.) and it’s awesome! Windbreaker 420D Fleece Lined with Belly Flap WatherbeetaSuper easy to put on.  Great for short-haired dogs with exposed, large chests like Boxers, Vizlsas, Dalmatians, and Whippets.  It’s a keeper!

Eye infection

Poor Jaworzno had an eye infection.  It was painful…  Talked to my vet, and was ready to have her come out if it didn’t get better over two more days.

Painful Eye

But it did! See, all better!  Happy for him, when all the puffiness was gone.  He’s been good for a while now.

Two pairs of clear eyes

But then, looking at this picture, what’s up with the suspicious ROUND spot?  Right there!  On the nose.  Hard to miss.  Quickly moved on to the next remedy…

He’s looking great now, while I’m still stuck at home, asthmatic, not able to breathe.  OK, putting up with this for 1 more day…

Healthy as a clam.  Can you say that?  Or are clams only happy, not healthy?

Sharing my snapshot of two great riders from Sunday’s show at PEC instead.

First off, Michele Dodge of Mystic Oak Ranch, outside the ring.  Her mare, Evie, looked so seasoned in the ring after this shot for being a green horse. Oh, I want to do it like this!

Michele and Evie

And then a picture of Alejandro Salazar of Rancho Pura Vida, riding a very green and beautiful Friesian (I’ve got a soft spot for those…) making it look easy.

Alejandro Salazar

As for the other guy?  Cooper.

He’s doing fine.  Still a very Quarter-Horsey looking hind end.  That’s how he’s going to be.  And yes, he will be doing a bit more dressage with me.  It’s going to be just fine.  Out of the show ring.  As soon as I can breathe again.

hind september

Squeamish about giving injections?

Injecting a horse, especially in the neck muscle, is easy.

If you’re like me, doing Dressage On A Dime, knowing how to safely inject on your own is crucial.  No need to pay for basic stuff like that.  Have someone you trust show you how to do it, never look back.  Trigger happy.

If you’re from N. Cal, chances are slim you haven’t seen the following video.

As I keep getting visitors to the blog from all over the world (Seriously, how COOL is it that you’ve all found this little place!), the flick at the bottom of this post from http://www.bayequest.com (uploaded from http://www.youtube.com here) is worth sharing.

Check it out for directions to go on.  Many ways to do it.  The right way is the one you believe in and can do confidently.  I like Dr. Casselberry’s method, although if you’re injecting regularly into the neck muscle, the site should be varied somewhat each time.

 

 

Third lesson with J. Coming up

Somehow pulling off another lesson next Monday morning.

Funds do not allow frequent instructional company in the dust bowl.  Squeezing it in any way.

Rest of the time, we will be mostly on our own.  Who’s going to talk about my elbows like this then?…

Canter Right

Other excitement of that week will be a visit from my vet.  Piled up a long list of questions.  Mistress of questions.  Wish I was made of answers instead. Posting them here for you if I get any new ones.

Met some of my readers at Chevy’s by the river in Sacramento last weekend.  And they’re not even riders.  Amazing anything of substance can be had from this little horse blog even from people not involved in this crazy life.  So glad to have you!  Thank you for taking time to check in with me and the horses!

Clean Silver Jaworzno, hung out to dry at the tree.

Hanging Out at the tree

Product Review: Animed Remission

Going from relatively little grass, to a lush spring pasture, can easily bring on Laminitis, if not founder.

Jaworzno came with a pronounced crest, and signs of IR (Insulin Resistance).  Since he’s been on Remission from AniMed, the crest has shrunken and softened, and he can now be out all day without me worrying.  Wonderful!

Remission is definitely Dressage On a Dime approved – very low-priced and comes with more benefits than just lessening the risk of founder – Hoof and coat quality, plus digestive benefits.  A tub will last over 4 months when fed at the maintenance dose of 1/2 ounce.

So far it has worked really well for us!  It is in a mini crumble form, and some is always left at the bottom of the feed pan.  A pellet would be better, but I bet the price would go up then.  If he stops eating it, I will try Quiessence, (already have a month’s worth coming from SmartPak.com to try) but then there wouldn’t be all the other benefits included in Remission.  Fed in beet pulp it’s not an issue.  If we have continued snags my vet will test him early this summer so we can know more.  Just keep an eye on any other supplements already fed – this one has some selenium and it’s possible to overdose on that.  (Quiessence does not have any selenium.)

Remission From AniMed

Love a supplement that actually does what it says, and more!  You can find Remission at AniMed here. Here is the low-down on the product from AniMed’s website:

Recommended for horses prone to the risk of founder. REMISSION is a scientifically engineered blend of supportive natural ingredients with probiotics and a functional carbohydrate (second generation prebiotic).  Nutritional support for horses foundered or prone to the risk of founder.  REMISSION contains magnesium, antioxidants, Omega 3 and Omega 6 Fatty Acids and Amino Acids. GUARANTEED ANALYSIS per ounce (2 scoop):  l-Lysine 2150mg, Methionine 3000mg, Linolenic Acid (Omega 3 Fatty Acid) 510mg, Magnesium 6000mg, Selenium 1ppm, Zinc 100mg, Biotin 20mg, Niacin 40mg, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) 1200mg, Vitamin E 70IU, Total Lactic Acid Bacteria (Probiotics) 175 million CFU Ingredients:  Magnesium Oxide, Flaxseed Meal, Dl-Methionine, Stabilized Rice Bran, l-Lysine, Biotin, Brewers Dried Yeast, Dried Saccharomyces cerevisiae fermentation solubles, Zinc Proteinate, L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (Vitamin C), Yeast Extract, Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, Lactobacillus casei fermentation product, Enterococcus (Streptococcus) faecium fermentation product, Bifidobacterium longum fermentation product, Aspergillus oryzae fermentation extract, mixed alpha tocopherol acetate (Vitamin E), Flax Seed Oil, Niacin, Silica.

Directions for use: One ounce (2 tbsp) per day per 1,000 lbs of body weight until symptoms subside. Then 1/2 ounce (1 tbsp) per 1,000 lbs of body weight per day.  Includes double-sided tbsp/tsp scoop.  Best results occur when used in conjunction with a feeding program based on a diet high in fiber and low in simple carbohydrates.

(No product sponsorship or compensation given to me for sharing this review.)

Better put in my great Disclaimer too “The text you’ve just read in this brief blog post is not a call to action, nor is it meant to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified veterinarian. Do not get your medical advice online, but you knew that already, right? The sharing of knowledge and information from my own research and experience is only meant to compliment your decisions in caring for your horse. Partnering with a qualified veterinarian will always beat reading random opinions from people on the internet. Especially if you read it on a Forum. Thank goodness this is not a Forum.”

Dressage On A Dime

IR, EMS and Cushings – Staying on top of all the information out there is no piece of cake

Jaworzno came with a bit of a crest.

And some small fat pads above the shoulders and back above the tail, and a pretty thick coat for mid April.  Suspecting Cushings, I thought it best to plan on testing him well before the fall.  Turned out on rich pasture his crest immediately hardened, definite Insulin Resistance sign.  After some intense reading up on it all, I think we’ve got most of it figured out by now, and with some easy changes he’s been able to go back to turn out the entire day, morning until evening, although on a less rich pasture.  It’s all a puzzle, everything has to fit together just right.  He has shedded out well, but energy levels are still fairly low, maybe this is just the way he is.  Really don’t think he has Cushings at all!

Steps so far.

Exercise 5 days per week.  Turnout on pasture, no muzzle, on short grass that was mowed a couple of weeks ago before letting him out on it all day.  During start-up period, limited grazing to less than 5 hours.  No grain, no sweets, no added carbohydrates in any way on top of the grass hay.  We have not had to start dunking the hay in water, his crest seems to have gone down anyway.  On top of this, he has been getting a founder/IR supplement – I think it’s working!

Here is the crest in Mid April

cresty

Here is the crest less than 1 month later

Less Crest

The neck angle makes him look all shriveled up, but he isn’t, – different light and head position. There is a definite difference in the crest thickness though. We’ll see, it might just be the way he is, but if there is continued improvement I will post some fun before and after pictures later this summer.