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About disneyhorse

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  1. disneyhorse

    Who doesn't like fudge

    I just like chocolate with nuts.
  2. Locking stifle can come and go, so I'm doubtful it was an injury.
  3. I am one who rarely believes in "excuses" for stifle lock other than genetic reasons in minis. It's just so darn common in minis to hear of, whereas in the big horses I just don't hear of it as often. I've owned quite a few minis and Shetlands, and have had three (all different breeding) with locking stifle (I believe that both minis and Shetlands genetically have this problem running rampant). My friend has owned about the same number of andalusians and not a single one. My friend has a big breeding operation (big horses) and I never hear of mares locking up "just because they're in foal." The pinto mare pictured above has poorly conformed hind legs, very straight, and if this is the mare locking up, that would be my clue. Andrea
  4. disneyhorse

    New Filly Dwarf????

    Many things which I suspect are genetic in nature are always "excused" by some breeders... Dwarfism ("just breed the mare to a different stallion next time"), locking stifles ("their toes were just too long and they had a nutrient deficiency as a youngster"), cryptorchidism ("sometimes colts take a very long time to drop") and other things which is partially why these defects are so darn common in the minis. Read the forum long enough and you'll see it over and over.
  5. disneyhorse

    New Filly Dwarf????

    What a cutie. I do think she's a dwarf.
  6. disneyhorse

    locking patella

    SCminis... I wouldn't worry about waiting to do the surgery... if I were you I would wait just to let the little guy grow up physically a little... I doubt there will be damage to the joint in the meantime. However, I would strongly suggest you consult a vet or two regarding this, because it's impossible to diagnose or treat a horse over the internet! As always stated in these threads, make sure your farrier keeps the back toes "squared off" or "rounded off" because a lot of toe in back can contribute to the onset of symptoms. Andrea
  7. disneyhorse

    locking patella

    This is a very common problem in minis because it tends to be genetic... People make excuses like "it's a growth spurt" and then they breed the horse later on and it continues on. There have been many, many people struggling with this here with minis... If you do a forum search on "locking stifles" you will find lots of advice. Andrea
  8. disneyhorse

    Need Recipes from all you canners

    My babies are eating solid foods now (well, pureed) and from what I've read, it lasts about a month if frozen and only three days if just in the fridge. So, in the freezer it goes! But, I would think that canning would greatly extend the life of it if you can do that. It would last longer and wouldn't get freezer burn. Andrea
  9. disneyhorse

    Quick and EASY Dinner Recipes

    I am a vegetarian, but something my mom makes if she has no time is to throw boneless chicken breasts in the crock pot with water and some Lipton's Onion Soup mix and let it cook all day. No prep, no cooking really. Just throw it in and set the dial. If you are vegetarian, my personal favorite "under 10 minute meal" is soyrizo burritos. We heat up some Soyrizo (it is a soy based chorizo, very spicy, and pretty much pre-cooked so you just throw it in a pan on medium heat for a couple minutes) and mix in some beans (heat in microwave for a minute or two) and some cheese in a tortilla. Mmmm. Andrea
  10. disneyhorse

    yummy muffin recipes needed

    I had some muffins with coconut and chocolate chips in them. They were AMAZING. They were like some sort of coconut macaroons. I've never found them since. I'd imagine you'd just make muffins, and put coconut and chocolate chips in them. Mmmmmmm.... I might have to experiment and make some... Otherwise, I'm usually just partial to blueberry! Andrea
  11. Okay these photos are not ideal, but they're what I have in Photobucket at the moment. This yearling Shetland pony colt had locking stifle: This yearling Shetland pony colt is now coming-three and so far, has not had his stifles lock (knock on wood!!!) The first colt, I sent right back to the breeder and did not ask for my money back. I personally will have nothing to do with a horse with locking stifles. Let me post this, I will look at the pictures side-by-side here and see if I have anything to add... Andrea
  12. So sorry to hear that, breeding animals can be so heartbreaking sometimes. Andrea
  13. This sounds like "locking stifle" or "upward fixation of the patella" to me. It is in the stifle, which is just one joint higher than the hock. You can do a search on the Forum here for past posts, there have been quite a number of them, because this is a very common problem in minis. If in doubt, have your vet diagnose. Andrea
  14. disneyhorse

    Some people!

    Hmmmm Leia... I hook OPPOSITE the way you do: 1. Wrap straps 2. Hold back straps 3. Traces This way I was taught... if a horse gets caught on something or pulls forward the shafts should slide out or back. With the traces first, the cart can roll up and hit the horse in the rear, making them leap forward and causes a rubber band effect. Andrea
  15. disneyhorse

    Some people!

    I don't use a halter when hitching??? I am getting confused by this thread as it goes on. Here is what I do when hitching ALONE: First, put on saddle and crupper. Then breastcollar/traces (traces either tied up or looped across/through backstrap). Cart is somewhere out in the open, on level ground, where I will hitch (not in an aisle or near a fence where it could get caught on something if horse panics). Then, halter is put around neck and bridle is put on, lines run through terrets. Horse is ground driven to where the cart is. Horse is driven up to the ends of the shafts and asked to stand. On the driver's side of the horse (with lines still in my hand) I pick up the shafts high above rump and run through shaft loop on my side. (Easiest with minis and ponies, you can lean over the horse and fix the other shaft loop...). Drape lines into seat of cart, so they run the whole length of the horse and are never out of reach. Go around front of horse (always next to lines) and fix other side of shaft loop if shaft not through. If possible, for safety, it is BEST to have a header for your horse while hitching, particularly if it's a green/young horse. My horses are first taught to stand still, they should stand absolutely still while hitching. They should know WHOA. I am not one for hitching a tied horse. It creates a false sense of security and can get yourself into trouble should the horse panic. I always hitch and drive with the assumption that my horse (no matter how broke) is going to panic and flail around... and wonder what precautions I have taken just in case. That said... If you want to leave a bridle on and tie the horse up (unhitched) without a halter, here is a trick: Take a small metal ring (about the size of a keyring) and buckle it through the noseband/cavesson. You then have a ring to tie to. This only works with sturdy cavessons, not those tiny little show ones that could break easily. This also works for lunging and leading, without lines on the bridle. Andrea