On to Greener Pastures
“Ronnie” approximately 15-16 years of age
ur hearts are broken over the sudden loss of our little man, Ronnie. He blessed us with 3 amazing years and was taken far too soon, but he fought a hard battle to stay with us. Ronnie was a gift from my Aunt for our (at the time sex unknown) daughter Blaire. He was a typical pony, that was until Blaire was anywhere around him. It was with her that he truly shined. He could be running around wild with our dog, bucking and flashing around that amazing mane, yet in walks with Blaire - not a foot went out of place, he was as solid as they come. He would follow her around everywhere. Ronnie was a “first pony” for all our friends’ kids; he was called on for birthday parties and first horse shows. There wasn’t a kid he didn’t love, but Blaire was his girl. Ronnie was also my boy; he never missed a ride with me and my mare. If I went for a walk with a newborn Blaire (who I couldn’t settle) Ronnie came too. I want to thank Kamloops Large Animal Veterinary Clinic for doing everything they could and putting up with my unrealistic suggestions as I grasped for anything that would save him, and to Warner Rentals for helping with his final resting place. He truly was a real life, “My Little Pony.” Thank-you, Kimberly Hickey
Kelowna Hoofbeats Update
he Hoofbeats all had the 2 weeks off for spring break in March so we are slowly getting back into the swing of things. But we were very happy to welcome Alex Wales to the Hollywood Road Education Center on March 30. He did an amazing talk on dental exams and horse’s teeth, lameness and pre-purchase exams. It was interesting to learn that a horse can pick up one single oat and put it in their mouth and know where it is at all times while they are chewing on it. Some of the things that Alex mentioned for the most common dental issues were baby teeth that haven’t fallen out, discomfort by the bit touching the furthest hind teeth, wolf teeth, broken teeth, and in older horses, excessive worn teeth and too long teeth. It was interesting to learn that sometimes tossing of the head, failing to turn or even bucking can be signs of mouth discomfort. For the lameness talk Alex did an amazing job highlighting what lameness was and how they treat it. Alex said that the most common place the horse owner will say their horse is lame is in the shoulder but the feet is where 95% of lameness calls are that Alex treats. When Alex gets called out he wants to know the story and then he starts with his examination. He first feels for heat, and puts the hoof testers on. Then he will do flexion tests starting low and then working his way up the leg getting the owner to walk the horse out after every test. If the horse at any point pulls away from the flex or gets tense that could be an indicator of lameness in that spot. If there is nothing then he will try a different technique called join block. This is where he puts local anesthetic in the nerve and then walks the horse out and if there is no head bobbing and the gait which the horse was lame in before is no longer then he knows that’s where the lameness is and can give the owner a diagnosis. If there is still nothing after these steps then he will have to try x-ray or ultra sounds; these usually 48 • Saddle Up • May 2015
By Ashley Robson and Lauren McGee solve 80% of the issues he sees. But if he needs to there are now CT and MRI scans available for horses. The final thing Alex talked to us about was the pre-purchase exam. He asks questions to both the buyer of the horse and the seller; things like what they will be using the horse for, blemishes on the horse, temperament and concerns the buyer might have about the horse. They also ask the owner what they were doing with the horse while it was in their care and what they did with it after they bought it. When he does the check he determines the general health of the horse in the eyes and mouth then feels the horse and checks for soundness and conformation faults as well as good conformation. We held club Demos and Speaking Shows on April 13; then attended the Diamond H Tack sale on April 18 with a food concession to fundraise for our club to send some of our members to 4-H trips, host clinics, plus many more things. As well as starting to ride in May!! Happy Riding!
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