Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Seems like winter is on its way

Its been much colder the past few days,wet and windy with more to come apparently :~

Im a bit undecided what to do with Polo at the minute,I rode out last week with a Vic and a couple of girls from the yard and he was really stressy,rushed and unsettled. As im pretty certain he's classic ulcer,but not had him scoped,I think the move has obviously caused a flare up which hasnt settled down. He seems pretty sound so I dont think he's sore. I had both him and Ali on a ulcer supplement during the move and for a good while afterwards but ran out. He was totally chilled out when we moved to the previous yard. The main difference I can think of is Ali was with him the whole time for that move where as this time Ali was on box rest initially so Polo didnt have Ali to help him through it?
Im going to ride again this week and if he's still the same,get him on some ulcer meds leave him for a while and if he's still the same retire him completely. Not that he's been in regular work for a good while but at 18 if he's no better then I think thats fair enough ,the last thing I want is for him to be unhappy in his latter years.

Bit about shockwave for Danni(ive cheated and copied some info)

A shockwave is a pressure wave – any action that displaces its surrounding medium is a shockwave.The ripple created when a stone is thrown into a pond is a shockwave.The
shockwaves used in equine medicine are generated in a fluid medium inside a
transducer head and are then transmitted readily through skin, fat, and muscle. The high energy waves are focused within the transducer head so that the shockwave can be
directed to the precise area of the injury. When shockwaves hit an area of higher
acoustic impedance, such as bone, the waves slow dramatically and a large amount of
energy is released into the surrounding tissue.
Shockwave therapy has been shown to:
• Stimulate new bone growth
• Increase cell permeability and
stimulate the release of a cascade of
healing and growth factors that
to the healing process
• Stimulate stem cells in the animal’s body
to be directed to the treated area
• Cause neovascularization
(ingrowth of new blood vessels)
• Possibly stimulate fibroblasts, the cells
that generate new connective tissue
Shockwave therapy has been successfully used to treat many soft tissue and bony
problems, both acute and chronic.

These include, but are not limited to:
• Suspensory ligament tears and strains
• Suspensory injuries with avulsion fractures
• Tendon tears and strains
• Osteoarthritis
• Collateral ligament injuries
• Navicular syndrome
• Ringbone
• Joint inflammation and pain
• Back pain
• Neck pain
• Muscle tears and strains
• Repair ligament injuries
• Infected or large wounds
• Burns

Sunday, 26 September 2010

Scan news

Vet was out on Monday last week to re scan Ali's leg.
She watched him walk and trot up and said he looked 100% sound so that was a good start.She then got the scan machine out and took pics and measurements to compare with previous scans. There is still evidence of changes to the ligament, she said because the blood supply is poor in that area and there will be some scar tissue but basically thinks its as good as its going to get and is very happy.
I can ride him from now if I want but if not thats good too cos the more rest the better. She said when I do start working him lots of walking no schooling for a while and just take it slow and hill work would be good.
I told her my plan to do more hand walking for now then in spring to do a couple of months of longreining then all being well back to *proper* work next summer..she said this was an excellent plan as it is all strengthening work but with minimal strain on his ligament.

My mouth is okay,two stitches have fallen out in the past couple of days...due to my fiddling on with tongue...still got a couple in but will be pleased when they come out or dissolve. Im still numb in parts and have a massive lump in my mouth which I hope will eventually reduce.

Last two dog shows not had a placing with any of the gang which is a bit frustrating as people keen saying how well they look at the minute,couple more to go then nothing until next year.
Im ready for the break to be honest im bit tired of the travelling,expense and the whole malarky at the minute.
Took the gang to a working terrier show today to find I'd missed the actually terrier show but we did get to do the terrier racing which was a scream.
Buster and Ted both won their heats despite the same horrible Border trying to fight with them,why they kept putting it in for heats knowing it was nasty is beyond me but I did say after it bit Buster I was going to kick it if it did it again. The boys were *slightly* mental throughout. In the final they managed to catch the nasty Border so I didnt have to follow through in booting it and Buster won,even managing to catch the fox tail at the end!!
They might be show dogs but they are all terrier,it was brilliant fun-minus nasty dog.

Sunday, 19 September 2010

Might be long a long one

Biopsy first!Relieved it all over!!
As is the norm for me the morning of the biopsy didn't quite go as planned. Got up early to poopick and feed the boys incase I didn't feel up to it later, then had to drop Minx off at the vets for the xray for her limp and a lump off her gum which she's had once before but its come back.
Yard was still locked up when I got there so had to go get keys and unlock which set me a bit behind schedule,did my jobs and headed up to the vets which is approx 15min drive took longer cos they had roadworks and two lots of 50mph zones
Clock was ticking and I knew I was pushing it for my 10am appointment,delivered Minx and headed back flapping about my lateness. Looked at my phone calender which had appointment down at 11am
Got home to find appointment was actually 11 so was ahead of schedule giving me time to start to work myself up!

The local hurt a bit and he had to give me a bit more cos I could feel a scratch when he first started but then didn't feel anything after that..although that didn't stop me nearly ripping my jeans off clenching them
My whole bottom lip and chin were numb for hours,my bottom lip was swollen about 3times the size as normal. It all took about 30mins from going in, Ive got 3stitches.
It wasn't as bad as I thought but the anticipation is always the worst thing with me as I build myself up for stuff like this despite the fact Ive got a pretty good pain thresh hold.
I had to eat soup for the first few days and drink with a straw,eating is still a bit weird now as the stitches feel tight although I still have numb bits so its not really been too painful throughout.

Anyway its over and I'm back on the 4th,just hope the results are conclusive so I can move forward.

Re Minx the lump came off easily but will probably come back in the future,the only way of preventing this is to pull teeth out and deaden right into the gum which I thought was a bit extreme considering it is a 2min job to take it off and its taken so long to come back so opted for the lesser method.
Her leg is a bit complicated she basically is laying down bone,at first vet thought she had injured the leg and the ligament had becoming inflamed similar to sidebone in horses? But he xrayed other leg for comparison and the same thing is happening there?!?!
So he *thinks* there has been inflamation to both ligaments and the body is trying to lay down bone to stabilise the joint,he's not to worried and thinks once it has all settled down she's be fine but is sending the xrays away for a 2nd opinion.

I was at a show with the dogs yesterday but got nothing with any of them,judge obviously didnt like my gang just one of those shows!;(

Today it was Ali's show day.Show prep consisted of washing- Ali's mane and tail yesterday plaited it up and turn him out in his snuggy hood and rain sheet,easy peasy.
I was doing two trips as Vic was taking Bree and my friend Marina was taking her youngster Victor again so was a bit manic.
I got the boys in, hitched trailer and undid plaits while Vic loaded Bree then did my first run to the show ground with Bree,turned around and came straight back for Ali and Marina's yearling took approx an hour doing the round trip so was all a bit fraught.
As usual Ali came off the box totally relaxed got myself and him sorted then made our way to the ring,had a little wait which gave me time to decide I needed a wee but wasnt sure if I had time to go so crossed my legs
Did our walking around and trotting stuff then our individually bit, judge said he was far too pretty to be a boy
Walked around a bit more then she started pulling us in with Ali first and Bree second..a very successful day!
He is such a star,I sometimes forget how fantastic he is when he's being a monkey grabbing things and wrecking stuff or bitting Polo's bum when im leading them but he is a pleasure to take places, he's just a nice person

Bree had a bit of a panic at a wagon and banged into Vic's car and ran away.I didnt realise anything was happening as I was at the back of the box sorting Victor out for Marina so just heard she was running around,I was mid bridling Victor so couldnt do a thing but other than the broken car no harm was done.
Took some pics for Marina then ran Bree and Ali back to the yard then straight back for Marina who was all done by the time I got back.
She got a 5th and a 6th. Judge said he liked him but he's just at that odd growth stage and looks all out of proportion but did say please dont go away thinking there's anything wrong with him and for godsake dont go and pump him with loads of hard feed to try and bring him on quickly which I thought was really nice of him.

I was very organised and put chicken and veg in the slow cooker this morning which was lush and ive just scoffed it all

Now for a few pics of the handsome chappy

Sunday, 12 September 2010

Boo hoo back to work

Had a week of training then back properly to the grind stone last week,its hard going back when im off for the summer,back to running around like a mad woman trying to squeeze everything in :(

This weekend I rejigged the boys paddock to give them a little bit more room and tighten all the electric fencing up,its handy stuff but really annoying too!
Ive got another inhand show next weekend with Ali so gave his mane and tail a wash and thickened it in detangler,he'll get quick bath next Saturday and we'll be good to go.Its great not having to plait up and because his legs are still dark I can sheet him up and turn him out the night before so its a pretty painless process.
Not missing Polo out I gave him the same mane and tail treatment and trimmed him too,feet are looking pretty good at the minute.

Last Sunday I was at an agricultural show with the dogs,Ted won again and Buster got third so I was very pleased. They did rather lose it towards the end as not far from the ring they had hounds and terriers chasing a furry critter on a rope,well my gang spotted all this and went crackers so as soon as their classes were over we made a sharp exit!

Monday im having my lip biopsy done which im dreading,HATE needles and Minx is having an xray as she's had an intermittent limp so bit of a stressful day so will be pleased when its all over with...