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Larry’s middle story: kissing spine and neck arthritis

Larry’s middle story: kissing spine and neck arthritis

If you read my very first post, Life with Horses, you’ll remember that Larry made a trip to the Ontario Veterinary College in August. My vet had recently taken radiographs (X-rays) that showed that Larry had kissing spine in a couple of spots, as well as arthritic changes in his neck. We decided to send him to the OVC for a more thorough neurological workup. At the time, it seemed like the whole world knew about kissing spine except me….

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How fast can an ex-racehorse run?

How fast can an ex-racehorse run?

How fast can an ex-racehorse run? Answering this question was never on my bucket list. When I bought Larry, my off-the-track Thoroughbred, the ‘off-the-track’ part – the fact that he was an ex-racehorse – never really registered. After all, he hadn’t been a racehorse for many years. He was a riding horse now, and he was going to be the perfect horse for a sedate, not very brave rider. Upon buying a new horse, there’s always an adjustment period –…

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Horse blanketing: what should Larry wear?

Horse blanketing: what should Larry wear?

It’s that time of year when the weather is always changing. Warm to cold, wet to muddy, rain to snow. The horse blanketing question surfaces. How should Larry be dressed for turnout? Does he need his thin stable sheet with a rain sheet over top? Or his heavier stable sheet with an insulated turnout blanket over top? It’s the eternal horse blanketing question: what should Larry wear as the weather gets colder? The other day it was half-raining, half-snowing, and…

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Larry’s Dream: his Back Story

Larry’s Dream: his Back Story

I’m sure you’ve seen the bumper sticker that reads, ‘My treasure is in the barn’. I want to introduce you to my treasure, an off-the-track Thoroughbred (OTTB) named Larry’s Dream. Larry is 13 years old. He was bred to be a race horse. His sire was D’wildcat and his dam, Tangled Dreams. Further back in his pedigree, I recognize several famous names. Five generations back: Northern Dancer. I’ve heard that nowadays, it’s hard to find a Thoroughbred race horse that…

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