Protective boots, more risk then benefit?

Some of you may have seen an article circulating facebook recently about the pros and cons about protective boots for equine athletes. After a bit of googling, it looks like you can find it several places on-line, including this UK based website. Feel free to skim it for some further context.

Anyway, in my never ending quest to do right by my equine best friend, I have spent a good bit of time reading about protective boots. I know that at many barns, including mine, it is common practice to turn out horses in protective boots to reduce the risk of injury in turnout. When I first moved there I was given the option of providing boots for this purpose, or I could choose to go without. I chose to go without. My concern for turning out horses in boots is mainly based on my fear of overheating the tendons and ligaments, and making them more susceptible to damage from over-stretching and cell death.

Boots: Protecting or harming?
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Rio Progress Update: In the homestretch

Great news on the Rio front. I am so happy to report that he is doing amazing! I’ve had a lot of time lately to go out and see him, so he has been getting super spoiled with love and attention. It is going to be a harsh turn of events for him when he realizes he is still a riding horse and not a a pampered pasture puff!

One happy pon in pastern deep grass
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Product Review: Alessandro Albanese MotionLite Show Coat

I live in Texas. It is hotter then Hades here for basically 3 months of the year. It is barely tolerable for about 3-4 more months, and then there are 2ish perfect horse show weather months. Whoever came up with the concept for the Alessandro Albanese MotionLite Show Coat MUST be from Texas, or at least heard our cries of desperation for a coat that doesn’t roast us like a Thanksgiving turkey in the Texas heat. Earlier this spring I bought a new show coat for the 2ish perfect months of weather, but what about the rest of the year?

Solution: The AA MotionLite. Really. Buy one. Now.

 

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Summer Goals

Being a type A superfreak about most things equestrian, I love lists. I love charts. I love to do lists. I love goals. When I am really stressed, I love to organize. When things are out of my control, I hyper focus on what I can control. I am very lucky and thankful that Rio is on the mend from his spider bite of death, so I can finally breath a sigh of relief and start looking toward the future. Fall shows seem too far away still, so instead I want to focus on summer goals, aka now through the end of August.

 


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Rio Vet Update

Great news! Rio is doing very well. Amazing Vet started him on a different antibiotic on Wednesday (SMZ) and he is doing very well on it. Eating his hay and grain normally, and very happily getting a few hours of turnout in a very grassy paddock in the mornings.  He is still getting his ulcer paste every day, and the probiotics in his feed to help keep his tummy happy, and it seems to be working. In fact, I think he is putting some weight on and starting the sport the #hunterchunk again! His spider bite of death is actually getting smaller too! I’ll put that pic at the very bottom of the post for those who are a bit squeamish, as it is still kinda gnarly looking.

Dapples for days

 

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Rocking E Cowgirl Blog Hop

For lack of any interesting content… here is a fun little 10Q blog hop!

 

What is your earliest, clearest horse memory?

I can’t remember the exact one, but I have many wonderful ones of riding my pony, who I got when I was 6. Trail rides, playdays, pretending to run-away together… the whole gambit!

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Supplements: What do you feed?

Let’s talk supplements. We all know there are basically millions to choose from- and not a lot of quality research to back up most of it. I would really love to get a ton of feedback on this thread, because I am ALWAYS on the fence about supplements. I would love to hear what you feed, and more importantly, WHY you feed it?

I have had Rio on some type of SmartPak supplement basically since I got him, but I am constantly changing it up. I always want to make sure I am giving him everything he needs, which leads to me second guessing myself and changing his supplements basically monthly kinda like a psycho who can’t make up her mind.

 

Rio says hi to Biscuit the pony
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Unicorns Heal Superfast

Great news! Rio’s leg appears to be on the mend. Everyone sending good vibes must be working because Rio’s leg seems to have taken a turn for the best and has looked consistently better these past 2 days.

Saturday, first day of noticeable improvement

 

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Spiders are Evil

So… remember when I said I thought Rio’s gaping leg hole had maybe plateaued and we were hopeful it wouldn’t get bigger? Joke’s on us!!!

***WARNING: This post contains graphic medical images. Continue at your own risk!***

Quick reminder- this was his leg on Tuesday 5/30. Basically looked the same as the day before, and we were hopeful that this was the worst of it.

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Gaping Leg Hole Update 

I tried to think of a funny title about having a hole in the leg but I’m fresh out of ideas. Suggestions welcome!

I met with Amazing Vet this morning. She was very excited to see slightly less drainage, and no increase in the size of the hole. We are hopeful that is had plateaued and will hopefully not get much larger.

Fingers crossed that it starts getting smaller at some point!
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