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February 2, 2010

What to put into your e-lyte syringes?

Today was PHASE 1 e-lyte syringe training. She started out in rodeo mode wanting to push me around with her front shoulder, flipping her head up down, up down, up down, up down, all the while spinning me in a frantic circle of evasion. With a whole bunch of expose and retreat I finally managed to give her two syringes of peach yogurt. I'm not sure she likes peach yogurt, but it seemed to be growing on her by the time we finished. Next time I'll try lime gatorade. ~E.G.

12 comments:

  1. I just ruined my darling horse's day with some apple flavored ivermectin. I think I'll wait a week or so before I try syringing anything else!

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  2. I take it the "apple" didn't quite overwhelm the taste of the Ivermectin? My horses detest wormer.

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  3. I don't think so, no. It smelled like... generic apple-flavored Kool-Aid with extra chemicals, so I imagine it tasted awful too. I followed it up with a real apple and she forgave me pretty quickly.

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  4. Keep filling the syringe with with yummy stuff. Applesauce worked for me. But as far as electrolytes - Doc gobbles his up and will take it in a syringe no problem. Could be it is based in molasses:

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  5. My horses are all good with dewormer and syringes. I've never given them anything yummy in them. Guess if I had a problem I would.

    Also, my yearling loves dewormer! Of course, she just loves to put anything in her mouth. But she sees it coming and gets happy about it!

    Michelle

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  6. Phebes needs more desensitizing in general. What is expecially bad is even when I get it to where I can do something with her (a shot, a dewormer, etc) it does not translate to a stranger doing the same thing. I live in mortal dread of an injury as she is so veterinarian phobic. She can smell one from a mile away and she's ready to be OUT OF THERE. Last time I had to double tie her to the trailer to get the sedation done which is risky for injury, but it was the only way the vet was getting near her.

    On that topic I was SHOCKED when I saw you had untied her the day I was at your place and led her over to the fence! Ordinarily she'd have a snit fit over someone handling her. The work out must have helped *LOL*.

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  7. When I first moved to northern KY. I worked at a thoroughbred farm part time. I worked mostly with the yearlings. If you can handle a yearling TB you can handle just about anything. Those babies were tall! Hyped up on tons of grain to boot. The broodmares had double sized (so big they could have trotted circles in there no kidding!)foaling stalls that were bedding in grass hay. They were fed alfalfa/mixed hay about 3/4 a bale morning and night. Not too mention buckets of grain.

    We haltered and led the weanlings/yearlings twice a day. They were led into and out of their stalls for feedings but lived 24/7 outside (they had run-ins and super large pastures) when they weren't eating their grain. After they finished their grain we worked with their feet, getting them used to picking them up. We had to do all four legs from one side b/c that's what they do at the sales so I was told. If I hadn't gotten pregnant I would have loved to work their longer. I learned a lot. We dewormed/vaccinated (when needed) and loaded/unloaded the horses all in the short time I was there (4 months)

    I also hot walked some TB's at turfway. So Phebe's seems like a sweetheart compared to some I've seen.

    I wonder why she is like that though? My yearling seems okay with strangers and the vet. And the poor girl has had lots of vet encounters. Do you think it was that trainer you used, Leatherbury? Usually horses are okay with people unless they have had a bad experience with someone.

    Sorry, I didn't even think about asking when I led Phebe. Good thing she was good, because I wasn't even paying attention to her b/c Stormy was cast against the fence.

    I was in Florence Monday and the lady that works there regularly had a big bruise on her eye and looked miserable. She said she went with a friend to look at a horse. She bent down by it's back legs after watching it walk off, and not even touching or reaching her hand out the horse kicked her twice in the head and elbow. Poor thing. Reminds me I need to be careful, especially of others horses. I always take it for granted that they are decent or if they weren't the owner would at least warn you!

    Michelle

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  8. She had a really bad experience at Leatherbury's and she was roughed up by a pissy male vet when she was a yearling. She has NEVER forgot. Probably because you didn't put off a "vibe" or smell like a vet she was okay. She isn't mean, she just starts trying to run circles to get away. I didn't care, I was just shocked she was standing there being good for you!

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  9. I tried baby mashed carrots. JB really took to that.

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  10. None of my horses had a problem with me syringing them (thye didn't like it, but they let me do it). I was giving my elytes with applesauce last season, and I guess it wasn't that unoffensive, because then when I went to bute her after tevis, I was so I tired I did it without the halter on (the next day) and she let me.

    I recently changed over to just mixing the elytes with water because it's simpler on rides and she obviously doesn't like it as much, but again, I can still go out to the pasture and elyte or bute her (with just water mixed in) without a halter, so it can't be that bad......

    If I use just water I make doubly sure to rinse her mouth 1-2 times with water. I do think yougart or applesauce would be nicer to the horse. I like applesauce because of the spoilage factor of yogart in the heat. I don't like applesauce because of the stickiness factor in my saddle bags when they leak.....Ugggg. I elyte very conservatively so I'm probably OK with water if I'm careful, but if I gave more, I would definately be giving them with something to buffer them.

    Sorry this is so long! I'm not at work and have internet access so I'm making up for my lack of comment on the other postts.

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  11. The original source I read on this (which my brain cells aren't recalling) mixed the eltye dose in lime gatorade with the screw on cap. Then no matter where you are (trail, vet check, whatever) you shake the gator jug well, take your clean syringe and suck up the dose, then squirt it into the horses mouth. The idea is to have a liquid supply on hand, it doesn't get sticky or leak in the saddle bags. Still have to try her out with some gator-juice. ~E.G.

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  12. The original source I read on this (which my brain cells aren't recalling) mixed the eltye dose in lime gatorade with the screw on cap. Then no matter where you are (trail, vet check, whatever) you shake the gator jug well, take your clean syringe and suck up the dose, then squirt it into the horses mouth. The idea is to have a liquid supply on hand, it doesn't get sticky or leak in the saddle bags. Still have to try her out with some gator-juice. ~E.G.

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