This year sure has gone by fast and I don't feel that I have accomplished near what I wanted to with the horses.
I have run into some unusual problems with both the black horse, Spooks and my buckskin, Frosty in both their feet and with muscle soreness. Something is not quite right with either of those horses. I have went through the usual battery of options-teeth, feet and chiro and I am still not satisfied that they are right.
Spooks is a horse made to travel like his 3/4 brother, Rip. But he should travel better. He is not. He does not push from behind and within about 15 minutes of riding, starts letting his left hind leg get strung out behind. He also seems unusually sore in his hocks. At first I thought it was in his hips, then his stifle, then I thought an old cut on the inside of his gaskin might be the problem, then I thought in his foot. Gahhhhhhh! Sometimes I feel like I make myself crazy trying to figure out all of these little issues. The vet/chiro ruled all of that out.
Well, studying the black horse got me to noticing some things on Frosty. Frosty has been bucking this year. And not pissy little 'I don't want to' bucking either. I mean blow up and get violent...right now...bucking. Personally, I think it is rather weird that a horse I started and have ridden off and on for the past few years and who has never bucked before suddenly starts bucking so violently. I run the gambit with him as well-teeth, feet, chiro. I started noticing that he seemed very sore, all over, especially his hocks...just like the black horse.
So that got me to thinking...what do or did these horses have in common? What was I missing?
Well, thanks to my little mission to revive The Mouse, I think I may have run across a possible reason and hopefully a cure.
Both of these horses have been obese the past few years. Not just fat...Obese! Spooks always got a very thick neck, not a cresty neck, just thick and ugly and he always gets a big bulge of fat over his tailbone. Frosty got gargantuan last winter and still has not lost all of the weight. He also has fatty lumps just behind his withers.
Now, after all of the care, careful feed regulation and time I have invested in getting these horses into reasonable shape, by rights they should look better than they do and neither of them should have fat deposits on their bodies. None of the other horses do and none of the other horses are sore in the body and hocks like these two are. Unusually sore. Which of course explains their lack of desire to travel out, inability to gather up and Frosty's bucking fits. That horse comes from a family that could not ever handle any pain, whatsoever.
I think they are Insulin Resistant.
After doing some research of supplements that might help Mighty Mouse stop having laminetic incidences that cause him to get sore, yet not actually foundering, I think these two big horses are having similar system issues.
According to what I have read, both horses are suffering classic symptoms of insulin resistance-soreness in feet, soreness in bodies and unusual fatty deposits. The only thing they are missing is the cresty necks.
Apparently, it is more common than realized in horses on grass or grass hay diets than previously realized. Particularly horses that are or have been obese.
Thankfully, there is a plethora of products on the market to assist in getting a horse's system back on track...and I have ordered a product called Command Metabol-Ease for these two. It provides 5000mg of Magnesium with Chromium and Sodium Cloride to restore deficiencise that can lead to nervousness, irritability, lack of concentration and muscle stiffness.
Interestingly enough, the more I read, the more I think Moon has a deficiency as well. Moon has always been rather radical about his feed. He gets extremely agitated at different times and has big mood swings. Although, he shows no outward signs of Insulin Resistance, his behavior seems to indicate a classic case of a horse who has a difficult time metabolizing his food properly. I have, not so jokingly, likened him to a diabetic...I need food and I need it RIGHT now, kind of thing. That would most likely explain some of his inability to stay consistent at barrel racings as well.
After all of that...Poor little Mouse ends up getting a supplement called Remission ordered for him. It is another Magnesium and Chromium based supplement that also has Omega-3 and 6, Amino Acids and live probiotics. That one was so easy to find, it was almost anti-climatic.
We will see how all of this works when I get back from SD. I'm really hoping to get these horses lined out soon. It's getting to be nice riding weather again and I am ready to get back to it. There are still some barrel racings to attend and I am hoping that if all goes well this fall, I will be able to make it some this winter.
I have some other cool news, but I'll tell you guys about that when I get home. Have a great weekend.