Sunday, 27 January 2013

Let Bartlett be Bartlett

so said the West Wing staffers; it occurred to me yesterday driving home from Arrow how much of me I hide from public view.

The greatest amount of hiding seems to be in my equestrian life, so very few people I can be my true self with, probably limited to SFO, Pip and my husband. Others I edit / delete and distort giving a very watered down version of my opinion or no opinion at all.

Of course editing and deleting of your opinion is a very necessary device in polite society but it struck me how I really do  in my equestrian life display only 40% of my true self at work it is more like 80% only 20% gets edited/deleted.


January at Arrow

Usual format, arrive Friday around 14:00 Blackberry and Pooh, supper with alcohol and SFO and putting world to rights; then 10:00 Blackberry and Pooh on Saturday, home via ponies collapse in a mentally exhausted heap on sofa.

So Friday Blackberry have lost droppable forearms well clearly not lost my forearms as drove to SFO but have lost the droppable aspect, right hand is somewhat grabby so worked on that.

then onto Pooh Bear really need to ensure my wrists are straight not broken need to somehow transfer the way I ride Blackberry to Pooh, do less?

Saturday Blackberry worked on position left  and right by adjusting the pelvis rather than shifting bulk body weight. So worked on how this might feel. For me it is achieved by lengthening inside leg (so right leg for right canter) which feels to me like straightening knee. SFO very pleased with this as rather a breakthrough in how I use my seat.

Leg sensors on and how to activate without coming off seat so some good work

Pooh really worked on point soften had a bit of a light bulb moment over giving hand forward if I keep a straight wrist I do it.

  • Need to point on the rise
  • Need to move more than I think to actually move
  • Need to have ass out behind me when I sit (sit on potty!)
Interestingly enough when I get point soften going the energy changes and he bounces along and it is pretty much effortless.

Position left and right is just working :-D

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Care-Line Corner: Seaweed: A word of caution

Care-Line Corner: Seaweed: A word of caution: Seaweed supplements have long been fed to horses and perhaps you feed or have fed a seaweed supplement to one of your own horses? Seaweed i...

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Hindgut Microflora of Laminitic, Nonlaminitic Horses Compared

Hindgut Microflora of Laminitic, Nonlaminitic Horses Compared

First, I'd like to complement the author and the interviewed researchers on sticking to the facts of the findings rather than reaching unwarranted conclusions. Nice job.

You can read the full study itself here:

By way of background, human studies have found that the bacterial populations of the gut are as individual as fingerprints so the finding of great diversity was to be expected.

The study was performed because of the association between toxins from proliferating lactobacilli and streptobacilli in acute laminitis caused by hind gut carb overload. When this occurs, the horse is also acutely ill with fever, septicemia, abdominal pain and diarrhea.

Chronic laminitis pain is overwhelmingly either endocrine in origin, or related to poor hoof care and mechanical factors as well as vascular and neurological damage in the feet.

The groups were small so it is very difficult to assign any significance to changes documented between them. For example, the two different strains found in the laminitic group could be due to both horses being in the same environment where those organisms were found. Better diversity isn't really surprising either because most people know to feed laminitic horses a high fiber diet, which requires a more diverse population to efficiently ferment.


Hi Dr. Kellon,

I'd like to jump in with a couple of additional comments.

Complexity is added to this study by the horse populations that they utilized. In the supplemental data, I found that there are interesting differences.

First, what really jumps out is that the average age of the control horses is 7.7 years. The average age of the laminitic population is over 15 years. Although they say that none of the horses were PPID, the researchers did not do an ACTH test on these horses to see if they were. In many horses, one of the first signs to early PPID is laminitis. 

The control horses were all quarterhorses. The laminitic horses contained a mix of breeds, including QH, Arabian, Warmblood, Thoroughbred, and a pony. This breed diversity could also contribute to the hindgut diversity.

It's also noted that on Farm A, there were 9 control horses and 1 laminitic horse. On Farm B, there was 1 control horse and 7 laminitic horses. Different feeds were fed on each farm. A different pelleted concentrate was on each farm also. Farm A also fed supplemental alfalfa to the control horses. 

So while this study was interesting, major factors that could affect hindgut bacterial populations were present.

It would be interesting to see what these results would be with age-matched, breed-matched controls, with all of the horses housed on the same farm. It would also be interesting to see if there was an age difference testing the bacterial populations of young horses vs the older horses.

Joan and Dazzle