The Horse

APR 2019

The Horse:Your Guide To Equine Health Care provides monthly equine health care information to horse owners, breeders, veterinarians, barn/farm managers, trainer/riding instructors, and others involved in the hands-on care of the horse.

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LETTERS Letters@TheHorse.com E-mail us at Letters@TheHorse.com, or write us at The Horse, 2365 Harrodsburg Rd #A200, Lexington KY 40504-3331. Letters may be edited for space limitations and must include the author's name and contact information. 10 April 2019 The Horse | TheHorse.com IF YOU LISTEN, THEY WILL TALK I always enjoy reading the Viewpoint column, not only for the overview of the current issue or a particular article but also for learning what's going on with Happy (our editor-in-chief's horse). Off- track Thoroughbreds (OTTBs) are my favorite, and I've owned three during my life with horses. In the January 2019 Viewpoint, you asked readers to share observations of our own horses' behavior. There are two memorable instances I'll tell you about. First, my half-Arabian mare Cheyenne: She competed for a while in endurance, but because of conformation and shoe- ing issues, she was visited regularly by a chiropractic vet. During one of the vet's visits, a group of us were standing in the barn aisle talking with him. I had my mare in hand. While we talked, Cheyenne kept moving between me and the vet, backing up to him, and otherwise being a nuisance. This went on for several minutes. When she once again backed up to the vet, she turned her head and stared at him. It finally dawned on the vet what was happening: "She wants me to touch her hips." He did a quick massage around her croup and hips, and you could just see Cheyenne relax (and tell us, "It took you long enough"). My OTTB mare Tess: One morning I went to the barn before work to check the 150-gallon water tank. Located in the run-in part of the barn, it was about one- third full. I said to myself, "Perfect," as I was going to clean it that evening after work and thought there would be enough for the three horses for the day but not enough that it would be so difficult to dump it out. I went to the barn after work. The horses were inside to greet me. The two geldings were their usually happy selves, seeming to tell me they were glad to see me. Tess, on the other hand, gave me a very pointed look. She made sure I was looking back at her, then walked over to the tank, put her head down into it, raised it, and looked back at me, as if she were saying, "You need to get over here right now." I walked over, and the tank was empty. Guess she told me. Thanks again for bringing us such a good magazine and giving your readers not only good information but the chance to share stories about our horses. Mary Lynne McInnis via e-mail VACCINATION MADE CLEAR "Equine Vaccination Q&A" (TheHorse. com/148729) by Dr. Nancy Loving is great. Neatly compartmentalized ques- tions with excellent answers and descrip- tors. I haven't read such a good summary in many years. I passed it on to over 100 horsewomen I connect with. Terrific! Laura Ponter via e-mail ® Tasty Pellets! Order online at www.horsetech.com Order by phone at 1-800-831-3309 Free Shipping in Contiguous U.S. Awesome Supplements... Amazing Service! Buggzo offers an easy way to keep pesky bugs away. Our tasty pellets contain garlic, buffered apple cider vinegar, thiamine (Vitamin B ), diatomaceous earth and more! Buggzo--the original, best-selling garlic and vinegar pellets! 1 The Bugs don't even come close... Neither do our Competitors! TM

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