Well, there's good news & bad news............Things that need a little adjustment. Part of the Equine wellness program that I pay $300 per horse for the year, includes besides all their spring & fall shots, a teeth float with sedation and a full exam.
We've decided that Kola more than likely has Equine Metabolic Syndrome- A pre-Cushings condition. We did this without the blood tests: A-Partially because she had not fasted for a glucose level. B-Because of her breed (gaited) she is predisposed to it and the location of her fat pads (cresty neck, around the shoulders, tail area) & she is 15 this year (right age). C-Both the Vet & I agreed that hitting her with a high dose of steroids to follow cortisol levels is a ridiculous test and risks a laminetic episode. However, the rest of her exam was great. A thorough check of her eyes and so forth. So both mares will go on a special low starch feed made by Purina. I will probably pick that up this afternoon & Kola will start getting more exercise. I may ask for the script for Thyo-L to help her burn some of this fat faster & possibly a supplement for this. All & all, I feel like I can manage this. The food is about $8 more a bag , but they don't get much anyway.
Misty did her get teeth floated this time and also proved to very healthy and in spite of never getting her teeth floated since I have had her, about 7yrs, her teeth needed very little and are in good alignment. She had old areas in her eyes where she might have had an old infections, but not since she has lived here. And the Vet said that this is not a future problem. Misty is in serious heat and did not cooperate with a rectal temp, but other than that, the Doc & two assistants were amazed at how well behaved these girls were for their exams and Misty's teeth float. Misty is a light weight, just needed a little bit of sedation. So all & all am pleased with their exams and not at all surprised by the Equine Metabolic Syndrome with Kola. I'll manage it.
Then as was about ready to leave for work, scrubs donned and everything ready for my mandatory overtime, they called and cancelled me. Yay! It only took me seconds to pop back into my jeans and sweatshirt. See? I'm happy! That means I'm done with my mandatory until they decide to reinstate it again. WooHoo!