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My hyperthyroid horse

post #1 of 25
Thread Starter 
Racer is dropping weight on his medication. I am so glad, I thought I was killing him on his eating program. I had no idea he was hyperthyroid and when I insisted that my vet test him, he dismissed my fears, but I asked him to please test anyway. Here Racer is after only a week on the powder. He will be on it for life, and thankfully now, his life will be healthier! At 5 years old he does not fit the profile, but he still was sick.
post #2 of 25
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I even harrowed up all the pasture grass because according to my vet Race was "prone to founder!"

post #3 of 25
Hissy

He is beautiful! Is this the horse that had the lumps/spots that you posted about about a week or two ago? I don't remember the followup on that -- was that horse OK??
post #4 of 25
may he be healthly for a long time! He is a beautly!!!!!!!
post #5 of 25
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Thanks for the compliments, but he is way overweight because of his thyroid problem. Amy the other horse is Traveler and he is doing good. His underside of his neck looks horrible, but the hair will grow back. Here he is.
post #6 of 25
MA you sure have some very beautyful horses , they also look very happy to me
post #7 of 25
MA, they are gorgeous! Glad to hear that Trav is doing better and now Racer is on the right track to being healthy!
post #8 of 25
Those are two of the prettiest horses I've ever seen! BTW, I don't remember seeing an update to the thread about Traveler either. What was wrong with him?
post #9 of 25
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The vet could never figure it out- either he got bit by something, ate something and became allergic or had a skin problem. He rubbed most of the hair and skin off the underside of his neck. He was put on medication and ointments and is doing fine.

I think he did it on purpose-this is training season and right now he can't wear his halter so he doesn't get worked! LOL
post #10 of 25
Hissy I just love Traveler! He is so beautful!!!!!!!!!
post #11 of 25
Gotta trust those instincts...you spend the most time with your animals, and if you feel something is wrong, something is.

They are both lovely..boy, I miss being around horses...that part of my life seems eons ago, and I'm just in my 40's!
post #12 of 25
Trav and Racerman are both beautiful horses.... They are soo luck to have you as their mom MA!!.
post #13 of 25
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He used to throw this highway cone over the fence to our neighbor who threw it back and they would play this way for about 30 minutes! LOL
post #14 of 25
What a difference, you can really see in the photos. You must be so relieved that this is working. He looks so much sleeker and well defined already! I don't know anything about horses, but I can even sese that.

Animals are such a concern, we know something may be wrong, and they can't tell us sometimes. Good for you to keep insisting that the vet figure out what was wrong.
post #15 of 25
I'm glad they're both doing OK!!! You have such gorgeous horses, MA!

BTW, I have never heard, what do you raise horses for? Racing?
post #16 of 25
It is very interesting that horses also like to play
post #17 of 25
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I don't raise horses. You have to be made of money to breed horses responsibly. I was fortunate enough to have these two given to me. Racer was a horse trade for a set of kitchen knives, and a set of steak knives. In exchange for that we got Racer and a German Shepherd puppy.

Trav was sent to me by a breeder back east. She had too many babies in her pasture one year and she emailed me asking me if I would like one! I thought she was kidding me as she raises show Paints that take the Futures by storm! But she wasn't and pretty soon Trav arrived.

I just love horses they are very calming to work around and really are the best therapists for what ails you. I have trained these two myself and have been told they are the best behaved horses around. They are my first horses ever.
post #18 of 25
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Originally posted by hissy
Thanks for the compliments, but he is way overweight because of his thyroid problem. Amy the other horse is Traveler and he is doing good. His underside of his neck looks horrible, but the hair will grow back. Here he is.
that is the kind of horse I have always wanted! can you beleave I have never even petted a horse!! Hissy can I come visit you
post #19 of 25
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Originally posted by PurrfectCatlove
It is very interesting that horses also like to play
Oh, yes...horses are very responsive! My first horse as an adult, was also my first experience in training/working with an unbroken horse(not that I did much, I was a beginner too...I had a friend/coach and my horse and I learned a lot together.) He was so jealous as a youngster that when I was taking riding lessons, he'd lean his head out his stall, look up the aisle at the indoor rink and whinny, scream, make a ruckus. He was very sure I was supposed to just be "his" person. Sahir was very special.

My friends, with whom I owned standardbred race horses, would claim low cost horses and with love & treats in about 6 weeks you'd see the dull coats shine, the dull eyes respond to the word "treats!", and post the best times they'd had in years...just took good care, and love. Horses do get emotionally involved with their people..., and they do play

jest my 2 cents,
post #20 of 25
Beautiful horseys!!! Glad to know both are doing better health wise.
post #21 of 25
What a gorgeous guy!!!! Just goes to show the power of your own research. Go with your gut, and WAY TO GO MA!!!!!!
post #22 of 25
Pat & Alix , WOW and thank you for answering that to me . Well yea , all animals have feelings so they get jealous . I know my cats do get jealous of each other . But horses playing , wow thats kinda cute . By now everybody knows that I don't know a hole lot of horses and I always were scared of them , they are soooooo big .
post #23 of 25
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Originally posted by PurrfectCatlove
Pat & Alix , WOW and thank you for answering that to me . Well yea , all animals have feelings so they get jealous . I know my cats do get jealous of each other . But horses playing , wow thats kinda cute . By now everybody knows that I don't know a hole lot of horses and I always were scared of them , they are soooooo big .
Oh I have a baaad habit. I love to watch the birds react as they jockey for first dibs on the suet I hang, watch the squirrels have nip fights and over the past years, got one to come to me and take peanuts from my hand (we call her Miss Emily, she's missing a part of one ear, so we can identify here..that and that she would hang out near the door, waiting for us to come out in the morning and feed her. She's raised several batches of babies in our fir trees).
I will talk to any creature and those with some intelligence or predispostion to respond, will...which I love.

I love watching young horses at play in a pasture.. doing "the dash", "the twirl" and head in another direction, the "tail in the air" prance

well, enough of my ramble!
post #24 of 25
How nice Pat & Alix , I would like watching that myself To bad my ouside cats keep the squirrels away and try to catch them
post #25 of 25
So Glad Racer is going to be okay and that Travs getting better- They are just beautiful!
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