Monthly Archive for: ‘December, 2016’

  • ¿Qué hay de nuevo? Roll

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    2 de diciembre de 2016

    La pelea de Roll con la enfermedad de la Línea blanca comenzó el 31 de diciembre de 2015 y no parecía muy prometedora considerando que estábamos tratando con un animal de 3000 libras con dos tercios de la pared de su casco desprendida y llena de hongos.

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    Dean Geesen, nuestro herrador removió todo el hongo del casco comprometido y cortó la pared del casco seriamente desprendida.

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    Roll se ha recuperado en un tiempo récord con nuestra debida diligencia y la voluntad de cambiar el programa según fuera necesario. No hay panacea para la enfermedad de la línea blanca. Tiene algún protocolo, pero si se fija en nuestras publicaciones sobre la batalla de Roll en mis páginas de Facebook y en “¿Qué hay de nuevo?” en nuestro sitio web, verá que las cosas pueden cambiar abruptamente en un día.

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    Cuando se trata con algo como esto, uno tiene que pensar “con originalidad” para mantenerse al día con los cambios y mantenerse en la senda para regenerarse correctamente. Se necesita todo un equipo: el propietario, los entrenadores, el veterinario y el herrero trabajando juntos. Constantemente evaluábamos la forma del pie, la condición del tejido, los puntos de presión y el equilibrio en el pie afectado y nos ocupábamos de la salud mental y física general.

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    Observábamos cómo se movía con cuidado cada día. Tuvimos que evaluar cuánto él estaba comprometiendo la distribución del peso sobre sus pies sanos y recortados y calzarlos para que no se dañaran en el proceso curativo.

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    Complementamos su alimentación con Hoof Power y lo recomendaríamos por sobre cualquier otro suplemento para cascos para ayudar a acelerar el crecimiento del casco. Dean Geesen, nuestro herrador estaba seguro de que tardaría más de un año en volver a crecer el pie, si acaso pudiera ocurrir. Después de los primeros tres meses, no estaba seguro de que Roll lo lograría.

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    Después del recorte y buen diagnóstico de hoy, Dean admitió que él realmente no pensó en el principio que se recuperaría así. ¡Afortunadamente, con la concienzuda y diligente ayuda de su equipo de manejo, Roll logró el crecimiento completo del casco en exactamente un año y ahora está en buen estado con cuatro cascos saludables!

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  • (En inglés) MULE CROSSING: Longears Loving Impact

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    By Meredith Hodges

    “Behold, thy King cometh unto thee:

       he is just and having salvation; lowly

         and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt

           the foal of an ass” Zechariah 9:9

    3-donkeysThese words have been an inspiration to all who have heard them since the time they were written—to those of us who love Longears, the words carry the message of a lifetime and the secrets of a dream. Not only did the Lord Jesus ride into Jerusalem on the back of an ass, but remembrances of that ride are clearly marked on the backs of many asses since in the form of a cross. One can really only guess at why asses received this unique blessing, but as the Lord blessed the asses, so they have in return endeavored to bless us with their righteous ways.

    It would seem that the asses were chosen because they represent more fully the characteristics in all of us that are just and good. The most evident inspiring characteristic of the ass is his undying affection for humans and the patience he exhibits when dealing with them; an excellent portrayal of this affection and patience is found in Marguerite Henry’s story of “Brighty of the Grand Canyon.” In addition, asses are not possessive creatures: they do not seek to impress, nor do they have inflated ideas of importance; they are humble, not greedy or selfish, and are content to give freely all that they have to give. There is no limit to their endurance and no end to their trust. Unpleasant moments are undoubtedly remembered, yet forgiven when requested and owners are inspired to be more constructive in their methods. Within asses, there is a hidden hope of happiness, contentment, peace and brotherhood. The inspiration of these noble characteristics does not go unnoticed as asses ennoble those around them.

    Throughout our lifetimes, we are faced with challenges and choices, most of which are met by trial and error. Asses limit and simplify our choices, leaving us less room for trial and error and more chance for success. An example of this could be the man who could not make his donkey cross the bridge over a deep, wide canyon. Failing to cause the donkey to cross the bridge, the man spent much extra time walking his donkey down one side of the canyon and up the other. As they rested at the far side of the bridge, a horse and rider approached the same challenge; the horse balked, but the rider forced him onto the bridge. At about the middle of the bridge, the boards were rotted and horse and rider plunged to their death… a costly lesson. “He who trusts in himself is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom is kept safe” (Proverbs). Stop, look, and listen with your heart as well as your ears–your donkey has much to teach you.

    croplj11-16-11-005Man has always sought to better himself and his environment. He seeks to set shining examples to all, however, he falls short due to negative aspects in his character. The ass, who has always been humbled, does not seek to set examples, he IS an example with his honest and faithful ways; he is quick to accept that which is good and tolerant of all else. This unique character coupled with his physical abilities makes him an excellent life partner.

    Perhaps, the most important and unselfish contribution the donkey has made in this world is his willingness to produce offspring not of his own species. We can fantasize the reasons for this–perhaps, he saw a chance to combine his incredible character with the physical beauty of the horse, again to try to please us humans and make him more attractive to us. But whatever the reasons, mules and donkeys are attracting more humans with each passing year. They instill in us a desire to support and promote their cause which in turn becomes our cause. What human can detest the cause of happiness, contentment, peace, and brotherhood?

    It is apparent, like never before, the impact that Longears are having on people all over the world. The shows and events including them have grown tremendously over the last 40 years, and the number of people affected by them has increased so much that we now see enough people in localized areas to put on their own events. In Colorado, for example, the only shows for Longears were incorporated into larger shows such as the Colorado State Fair and the National Western Stock Show. Today, counties are taking initiative to include mules and donkeys in the county fairs, and local riding clubs are inviting them to participate in annual All-Breed shows. Increased understanding and appreciation for the positive qualities of Longears brings more and more people together all the time. Their generous ways have positively influenced people toward a genuine pursuit of happiness. Why is this phenomenon occurring? Because… “We may not realize that everything we do affects not only our lives, but touches others too. For a little bit of thoughtfulness that shows someone you care creates a ray of sunshine for both of you to share — Yes, every time you offer someone a helping hand, every time you show a friend you care and understand, every time you have a kind and gentle word to give, you help someone find beauty in this precious life we live. For happiness brings happiness, and loving ways bring love; and giving is the treasure that contentment is made of” (Amanda Bradley).

    To learn more about Meredith Hodges and her comprehensive all-breed equine training program, visit LuckyThreeRanch.com or call 1-800-816-7566. Check out her new accredited equine university at TMDEquineUniversity.com and her children’s website at JasperTheMule.com. Also, find Meredith on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

    © 1985, 2016 Lucky Three Ranch, Inc.  All Rights Reserved.

  • ¿Qué hay de nuevo? Roll

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    14 de octubre, 2016

    Roll sigue mejorando después de una lucha contra la enfermedad de la línea blanca que se inició en enero de 2016. ¡La enfermedad de la línea blanca en su pata trasera izquierda está casi completamente eliminada ahora!

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    Él mantiene su condición prácticamente por sí mismo ya que no quise añadir ningún tipo de estrés a su rutina mientras que el casco estaba aun gravemente comprometido. Yo estaba contenta de ver que todas las lecciones que Roll había hecho durante los últimos seis años están firmemente arraigadas en su cerebro.

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    Durante los últimos diez meses, lo he visto haciendo sus ejercicios de caminata hacia adelante en una buena postura equina y luego se paraba en escuadra cada vez que se detenía a descansar.

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    Sin duda se ha convertido en su forma natural de moverse y mantenía el peso distribuido uniformemente sobre las cuatro patas durante su recuperación con la ayuda de zapatos en los otros tres pies para evitar que las pezuñas en los pies saludables se desgastaran de forma desigual por soportar un peso adicional.

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    Después del trabajo inicial que duró cerca de cuatro meses, usamos producto en la pezuña (solución de betadina, suplemento de pezuñas, etc.), ya que estaba creciendo, pero después de haber pasado las etapas “críticas”, simplemente la mantuvimos limpia y recortada adecuadamente para promover el crecimiento parejo.

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    ¡Todo se ve muy bien ahora, Roll está feliz y debería estar listo para iniciar sus lecciones de nuevo pronto!

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