thought, fact and quote for the day 12/6/12
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thought, fact and quote for the day 12/6/12

Morning all. Micheal is hopefully having surgery tomorrow if his improved enough to have his hip removed. Not the solution we wanted but its what he needs being its the hip that has caused all these problems. Some of the horses have the farrier today so busy day today but will keep you all informed. Have a great day all.
 
 
Quote 4the day: Somethings in life are never easy just lean on your horse as they tell you all will be ok and help to carry you through everything. Your never alone with a four legged friend...
 
 
Fact 4the day: Innr Ear Plaque in Horses
Aural Plaque
Also called aural papilloma, aural plaque is a condition affecting the inside of a horse’s ear. A white, plaque-like material, it sometimes appears thick and crusty. In most cases, there is tender pink skin underneath the plaque. It is a rather painful condition that should be treated by a veterinarian as soon as possible. Once aural plaque be...gins, it is tough to get rid of permanently.

Symptoms and Types
These are some signs which can be seen in the horse's inner ear:
•White, crusty plaque
•Lesions
•Thick, pink skin underneath lesions

Causes
•Infection
◦Wart-causing virus (papillomavirus)
•Fly bites

Diagnosis
While it is easy for your veterinarian to diagnose aural plaque, most experienced horse owners can detect aural plaque, too, as the symptoms are quite obvious. During the summer months, the prevalence of small black biting flies make this an even larger issue, as they tend to aggravate the condition even more.

Treatment
While there is no real medication for aural plaque, after diagnosis, the plaque is usually removed and the pink skin underneath is treated with a soothing, healing ointment. This usually reduces the size of the affected area and alleviates the pain.
For more difficult cases of aural plaque, you may want to consider giving your horse a pair of ear covers to wear outside. This protects from the irritating sting of the black flies, which can aggravate aural plaque and worsen the pain.

Living and Management
Once aural plaque has been taken care of, the lesions will heal naturally, but the time required to heal varies horse to horse.
Keeping the black flies from biting the inside of the horse’s ears is the best defense against the aural plaque becoming worse. It also helps to know the symptoms of aural plaque so treatment can begin as soon as possible.
 
 
Thought 4the day: Sometimes you can actually tell not just feel but see when a horse is sorry for something even if an accident or not. One of the mares yesterday decided to jump a very tiny jump in a very big cat jump as she did not like our make shift poles! She shot right up and did unseat her rider and then scarpered as her rider decided to take an exit. She went into the yard to see another mare and when she was brought back you could tell not that she had done wrong but that she was sorry. The mare hadn't done wrong she was just doing her best at that time. She was so sorry to her rider though as afterwards she treated her like she was made of china and took her over the same jump in a beautiful at ease fashion and kept doing so in everything else they did. Horses are very intelligent creatures :o)
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