Thought, fact and quote for the day 17/6/12
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Thought, fact and quote for the day 17/6/12

Thought 4the day: Always expect the unexpected as i was lulled into a force sense. I know that the horse i have been riding is a laid back well mannered young man but then they all have that get up and go at some point. I was schooling this big 17.2hh horse yesterday. I took him to the bottom of the hill for a trot up to the top i remember asking him to move forward and then the next part is blurr...ed. I lost the horse that i knew was under me and can remember seeing his neck from an upside down angle and his eye looked worried as if i was about to tell him off! Then i hit the deck on my head and shoulder. Oh well these things happen. He buggered off lol I got back on and took him back and we did what we was meant to do. It turns out he bronco bucked and they were massive! I didn't stand a chance but then the way i see it is it wasn't malice it was high jinx it happens. Others might say well i will never ride that again or its naughty but no its just life and all have that energy at some point :o) I may ache and be bruised but life goes on :o)
Quote 4the day: When a horse wants you off your off when it wants you on you know your safe. After all they are a living breathing creature that has a mind of its own :o)
Fact 4the day: Lead poisoning in horses
Environmental Toxins
Most instances of lead poisoning in horses occur when they have grazed on pastures that have been contaminated with industrial waste, which is known to contain a great deal of lead and other chemicals. In some instances a large dose of lead all at once will cause acute toxicity, but small doses of lead over a longer period of time can ca...use chronic poisoning to the system. In either case, lead poisoning can cause many health problems for a horse, and can even lead to death if left untreated. As such, the prompt attention of a veterinarian is essential for a full recovery.

Symptoms and Types
•Impaired function of peripheral nerves
•Weakness of the body and limbs
•Unsteadiness on foot, collapse
•Knuckling over of the fetlocks
•Laryngeal nerve becomes damaged
•Pharyngeal and laryngeal paralysis may occur
•Respiratory problems
•Respiratory distress
•Lack of oxygen
•Rolling eyes
•Temporary blindness
•Loss of appetite, weight loss
•Eventual death

The ingestion of lead may occur in large doses all at once, and may occur in small amounts over a period of days or weeks. The source of the lead is often the result of grazing on pastures that have been contaminated with industrial chemical waste, which often contains lead and/or arsenic and other chemicals, or from drinking water that has been contaminated by nearby dumping grounds.

Your veterinarian can diagnose the presence of lead in your horse’s system. A simple blood test can detect the presence of lead in the body, and there are new developments made every day for the detection and treatment of lead toxicity. Lead poisoning is relatively rare in horses, so it is not usually the first source that your veterinarian will consider. This is why it is vitally important to give your veterinarian as complete a background as you can of your horse’s health history, the symptoms your horse has been exhibiting, and any information regarding the environment surrounding your land. This is the only way that a positive and accurate diagnosis can be reached and appropriate treatment be given to ensure a full recovery.

Treatment can only be successful if the condition is diagnosed in time. The sooner the lead poisoning has been recognized the better your horse’s chances of recovery are. The usual method of treatment for this condition is through the administration of calcium disodium edentate. When administered with the help of an intravenous tube it has been known to remove lead from a horse’s body in less than a week, usually in about four to five days. Follow through on any further treatment that your veterinarian prescribes.

Living and Management
It is important to locate the source of the lead poisoning and eliminate it so that you and your horse will not have repeat problems with it.
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