update on our horse with EIPH
Posted by Bird at 2015-08-29 14:52:38
Earlier this spring I was learning all I could about EIPH which I still find a bit mysterious. Nonetheless, I posted about our Percheron gelding who was bleeding from the nose. Here's a little update for those who might encounter this.
We pulled way back on what we asked of him. His teammate has always been one to carry the load, and while I always thought the EIPH horse was a "slacker," I now recognize it more as "can't." This helped a lot. We let the stronger horse do more work and his teammate pitched in as possible.
We did a lot of mowing with the #9 and a lot of raking hay and just pulling the heavy I&J cart. Gradually, he built his strength and we had no bleeding episodes. Now I'm getting after him more, pushing him a little, tiny bit. He's been doing terrific.
I don't think he'll ever be the strong horse that is his teammate, but this far, he's productive, healthy, and happy.
Response by NoraWI at 2015-08-30 06:58:47
So glad to hear that you are achieving your goal of "productive, healthy, and happy." Can't really ask for more.
Response by wally b at 2015-08-30 08:01:30
You can use an offset evener to help your weaker horse work longer without getting overloaded. I use them all the time to work different sized horses with differing abilities.
Response by Bird at 2015-09-01 08:57:56
Thanks for the kind word and the tip. I've been wanting to learn about these finer points of hitching. We are a work in progress!
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