February 28, 2007.
Just some impressions !!
On this page you can read once in a while some veterinary interesting stories about the work in my daily practice with sometimes some comment of my 17 years equine practice experiance:
New born foals:
What happens. Last weekend I was called for a new born Coldblood mare who had some problems with foaling. With several people as a help on stage we got a nice but heavy foal of about 80 kg !!!! It took a little bit to get the afterbirth out and the next morning everybody was happy that the foal was drinking very well. It is absolutely important that the colostrum is taken as soon as possible by the new-born foal. Last weekend I assisted with three other foaling mares inclusive our own one. (Look at the Embryotransfer page). We were very happy that everything went well because of the experience last year of transfering a (coldblood) Frisian embryo into a warmblood recipiant mare !!!
What else did I do this weekend. I went to Luxemburg to check some horses which are used for carriage driving. It is very important in general that if You do not get the right performance out of your horses, You should really ask a sport equine veterinarian about the impression he gets from your horse(s). Do not releigh on a poor small short and not complete health check of Your horse if You do have serious problems. Get a second opinion, and take serious (blood)tests for evaluating the normal (blood) parameters. If a horse becomes stressed and wants to flow and people ask for tranquilising agents, think about my view which says that from all the stressed horses most of them want to flew because of somekind of pain somehere in their body. It is the job of the sportsvet to find these painpoint(s). As soon as he detects these stressing points and these are treatable the horse will become a balanced and happy performance horse. So look for a serious sportsveterinarian and let him first evaluate your horse. Always try first to get a (real) diagnose before a treatment is done. It is the job of a good sportsveterinarian to evaluate Your horse and to inform You about the performance level and potential of Your horse. Together a treatmentplan can be discussed and stay there. Do not change to fast to all the other gourous in the equine medicine world. They all want to make money in an easy way and be honest to yourself and to your horse. After a while You can evaluate if the special treatment was or was not succesful. If You change to fast and halveway You will never get an honest answer on a treament.
The last couple of days I had several acute cases of foundering horses(laminites). I think most of these came from the high fat level of these horses itselves together with to high feeding load. Also the high fructosanen level in the green grass these days is poison to these animals. One of the best therapies for these horses is in my view, keep them away of the enormous feed-energy, ask your vet for a low dose of NSAID´s (painkilling agents) and shoe the horse as soon as possible with a regular 180° turned horseshoe. This open frontshoe allows the horse to walk again on a nearly normal way and you do not believe how this will help the horse to start walking again. In my view how earlier the horse will be allowed to walk as better will be the future. The more the horse stays on the same place the more the deep flexor tendon shortens and turns the coffinbone backwards. My favourite horses are inthese the shetland ponies. Just put them on a little bit of painkillers and put the 180° turned regular shoe on him and after 10 to 14 days most of the time nature is back to normal again. Next to my therapy of course the other regular advises have to be done like soft (wet) walking or stabling surface. Cooling down the feet etc etc.
Another daily job is checking and trying to forsay the ovulating day(time) for breeding mares. Special these days of cold nights has a enourmos influence on the follikels of the mare in heat. My experience is that in regular Warmblood mares on normal breeding days with regular daily temperature these follikels are growing about 0.3 cm in diameter. Cold weather slows them down and makes vets and owners sometimes a little bit crazy. The best help always comes from the male animals the teasing-stallions. This is very important and saves me as a vet from a lot of unsuccesfull follikel controles.