It's ben a while since I've done an Irish update. He dropped quite a bit of weight in late winter and it's taking longer to get back on then I'd like. But he essentially has food in front of him 24/7 so I can't do more than that. He's starting to look better now.
You may remember that last year he started head shaking in the spring and it disappeared in the fall. It began again this spring but so much worse than last year. Even with the U.V. mask he was unrideable. I was worried for Cynthia's safety. I bought a nose net and that seemed to help. Cynthia must feel like she's riding a mystery horse.
As you may recall I've started Carmen on a magnesium calming supplement. It was horribly expensive so I was looking for alternatives. In my research I found that Mag Oxide helps relieve head shaking in about 50% of affected horses. At that same time I found a feed store that sells Mag Ox for $32 a 25kg bag. The dosage is about 2 tbsp a day so it should last about a year. I figured that was a cheap enough experiment so I started Irish on it. The nice thing about Mag Ox is that it can't hurt.
|Irish in mid headshake last year|
Irish continues to have his neuro issues. He's often incontinent with his urine and needs to have his hind legs washed frequently.
So I have this red headed horse that can only be ridden lightly, has horrible feet, has head shaking syndrome and dribbles himself while he's being worked. I wouldn't blame you for wondering why I have not put him down. The reason is simple.
He's affectionate and loving. He tries his best everyday and even when he's being a jerk he's adorable.
Irish is 16 and I don't expect that he'll have a long life. At some point I will have to lay him to rest beside Steele. I am waiting for him to let me know when that is. For now I will do my best to keep him happy and safe.
Because I love him.
In case I had you a bit sad from the post, let's do some good news. I put all the names into a random name selector thingy (gotta love google) and the winner is....
From No Longer Fiction
I love reading all the entries- you guys are the best. It seemed neat that it was her because not to long ago she was throwing in the towel too.
So, Hawk, give me your contact info and I will organize delivery. There may be a delay because Canada Post is threatening to go on strike.