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Old 02-27-2015, 04:57 PM   #921
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I have a rival.

Last week was half term break and the student who looks after Tetley the Wonder Horse on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays was away visiting her boyfriend. Tetley was horrid all week - grumpy, rude, naughty, and he SULKED! Every thing I asked him to do was greeted with "No! Won't!". Every time I went into his loose box he'd walk away and go and stand with his head in the corner and his back to me.

She's back this week. So I didn't see him for the first part of the week. Yesterday and today he has been an absolute sweetie. Placid and obedient and nuzzling up to me in the stable and walking along beside me across the yard and down the lane to the field without a lead rope.

If he was younger and she could afford it I'd be tempted to let her take him with her on full loan when she finishes her course and moves to the Lake District to live with the boyfriend. He will really miss her when she finishes her course and leaves the area.
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Old 03-01-2015, 04:20 AM   #922
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Tetley's poorly - possibly life-threatening

The Wonder Horse has problems. A week ago yesterday I was taking him down to the field and I thought he shied again but when I turned to look, he was recovering from tripping up. Charlotte (staff member) brought him in later in the afternoon and he walked into his loose box and keeled over for no reason. Then yesterday afternoon he was on the horse walker and when I went to get him off one of the clients said she'd seem him fall while he was going round in there.

Bad sign, I'm afraid. I went and had a word with Cara, who used to be the yard manageress and knows more than anyone on the yard about horses. She was very worried when I described the above. She thinks it could be neurological problems. Very worrying as there's probably nothing that could be done about it. She's advised me to ring the vet tomorrow and ask advice. The vet is on the yard every Thursday but it's a case of whether it needs a visit sooner

Talking to Nikki, who has the horse in the next loose box to Tetley, I mentioned that he had been quite thirsty for a couple of days but didn't seem to be de-hydrated. Her mare has Cushings disease and Nikki (who's a scientist and therefore Looks Things Up) suggested that it might be Tetley's problem as falling over is one of the rarer symptoms of Cushings, and, of course, thirst is another symptom. He hasn't got an excessively hairy or curly coat but this isn't necessarily a symptom in all cases of Cushings

Nowadays Cushing isn't the death sentence it used to be and Nikki's mare is doing well on meds although she'll never be the horse she once was (show jumping and dressage) but is happy and comfortable. However, it involves a tumour in the pituitary gland and could be pressing on something in the brain which isn't good.

It's very worrying. I know he's "only" an animal and one horse isn't much in the trials and tribulations the world is going through but he's been "my baby" for a long time and is "An affectionate companion and a quiet friend" as Beatrix Potter said of her pet rabbit.
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Old 03-01-2015, 07:05 AM   #923
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Oh my Mad Cook. Hoping you find out what the problem is. It's always worrying to not know what's going on when they can't tell you how they feel. Praying for some relief for Wonder Horse. Your stories about him and his personality are always so uplifting to me.
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Old 03-01-2015, 10:16 AM   #924
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Oh, Horse, hope you feel better soon, and that they find out what's wrong and are able to fix it!
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Old 03-01-2015, 10:39 AM   #925
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MC, I'm so sorry, I sure hope you find out what is going on with Tetley.

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to be loved by a little girl."
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Old 03-01-2015, 12:44 PM   #926
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MC, I'm so sorry, I sure hope you find out what is going on with Tetley.

"All horses deserve the chance,
at least once in their lives,
to be loved by a little girl."
And a big girl!

Thanks everyone for your thoughts.


Ringing the vet tomorrow.

A fortnight ago I was thinking about kicking my veteran horse health insurance policy covering illness, into touch and going for just accident cover because it was cheaper. Now I am SO glad I decided not to.
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Old 03-01-2015, 03:59 PM   #927
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Mad Cook, I sure hope Tetley feels better very soon. What a worry that must be. Sending healing thoughts across the pond.
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Old 03-01-2015, 05:23 PM   #928
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MC, I hope you and Tetley are able to get good answers from the vet tomorrow. That way you can both feel better. Thinking of you and your Horse friend today...
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Old 03-01-2015, 05:29 PM   #929
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And a big girl!

Thanks everyone for your thoughts.


Ringing the vet tomorrow.

A fortnight ago I was thinking about kicking my veteran horse health insurance policy covering illness, into touch and going for just accident cover because it was cheaper. Now I am SO glad I decided not to.
Sounds like you have some horse sense of your own! For Horse. My heart goes out to you and Horse.
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Old 03-01-2015, 11:51 PM   #930
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Sheesh....I love my 14 year old kitty, but he drives me crazy sometimes....if there is a tiny little quarter sized empty spot in his food bowl and the rest of his food is pushed up onto the sides of the bowl, to him it's 'empty'. LOL

I swoosh his food around to where he can't see the bottom of the bowl anymore, and all of a sudden he's fine with it.
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