Saturday, January 29, 2011

Cosequin ASU - The 90-Day Trial, Update 1

German Muffins?
My vet's notes from the day we did all the X-rays of Saxony's hooves and hocks included the following finding: Saxony is much improved since starting Cosequin ASU. Her right hind was much improved - bit stiff, but otherwise sound.

At that point, Saxony had been getting the loading dose (which means double dosing to prime the pump, so to speak) for two weeks. I think it's interesting that my vet could see a significant improvement in her after such a short time. But when I thought about it, I realized that I might have been seeing a response even earlier when I wrote here about a moment that happened just one week after she started the Cosequin.

Now that she's completed the loading dose, she'll be getting SmartPak's one-scoop maintenance dose for the next two months. My vet returns at the end of February to extract Saxony's wolf teeth, so I'll get another assessment of the Cosequin then.

I just need the greatest barefoot trimmer in the world to materialize in front of me right now. Or any barefoot trimmer. Not a pasture trimmer, but a barefoot specialist who believes in such a thing as the balanced foot. The search has been frustrating and makes me understand why some people give up and learn how to do it themselves. I feel Saxony's toes growing like nails on a chalkboard, and it's making me cringe.

Sidebar: Lately, it seems Scout has been on my mind more than Saxony. And she has been, just in a different way. Laying around working on getting better leaves me with time to ponder (kind of, druggily) and Scout somehow presented herself at the outskirts of my mind and then wandered up close. Right now she seems to stand for me as some sort of proof, in the mathematics sense, which, according to my  huge old broken-backed dictionary, means a sequence of steps, statements, or demonstrations that leads to a valid conclusion. Yes, I think that's the exactly the way I mean it. Now I just have to figure out what that "valid conclusion" is.

Eight-minute rides are best, I find.

Ten days of not seeing either of them has been really rough.

9 comments:

Rising Rainbow said...

Glad the Cosequin is working for Saxony. Being horseless for ten days would drive me crazy.

Barbara said...

thanks for the Cosequin update.

June said...

Have you tried these guys? -

http://www.hopeforsoundness.com/techsupport/search/farrier/farrier_search_march_2006.html

June said...

Or these -
http://www.aanhcp.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=143&Itemid=57

twohorses said...

As you know, I am one of these people who learned to do it themselves. I had no choice, the only properly qualified trimmer is almost 5 hours away from me. I did a weekend course, and learned how to do a maintenance trim there and afterwards I got the podiatrist who ran the course out to my place to set me up for going barefoot. Since then, I've looked after Minnie and Cassie's feet myself. I was terrified the first time I trimmed my horses, but it really is not difficult once you know what you're looking for. I did the course with a friend and we trim together, which is great as we can discuss what needs to be done. We trim every 2 or 3 weeks.

I think it was helpful during Minnie's healing process. Minnie was wearing her RF unevenly and once I started trimming her myself, I made sure that her foot was properly balanced again. The last 2 trims I did she didn't need rebalancing, she was wearing her foot evenly.

Muddy K said...

June, you rock. I checked out both lists, and there may be one or two trimmers I can call. My mares board in a very horse-heavy area, which is why it's so baffling to me that we aren't knee deep in trimmers. Thank you so much for the links.

Muddy K said...

TwoHorses, I have to go back and study your blog entries about the trimming, and I will. Maybe this spring would be a good time for me to add a new skill to my horse-care abilities.

Lauren said...

Good barefoot trimmers are worth their weight in gold. My horse is barefoot and I'm hoping the trimmer will follow us to the new barn when I can move him! Good luck in your search.

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