Dressy is feeling very fine. Jen mowed the upper paddock today, and Dressy, King, and Twister were galloping gleefully around it. Dressy apparently doing spectacular mountain goat leaps in the air just for the sheer joy of it. Being fit but not working agrees with her world view completely.
She looks great, and thinks highly of herself right now. Her heart has stayed in normal rhythm. But the anhidrosis problem is not fully resolved. She is able to sweat some. But it is still not normal. The Guinness has definitely helped, but hasn’t cured her totally. I’ve increased her to two a day on my vet’s recommendation. He came on Friday and took blood for thyroid tests. That’s a longshot, but needs to be eliminated as a possibility.
I also called a company in the States that manufactures a supplement that has been tested at the University of Florida on anhidrotic horses with some success. They mailed a one month supply of it (it’s called ‘One AC’ and is available from http://www.nonsweater.com ). One AC contains L-Tyrosine (an amino acid), B vitamins, choline, and a few other things, all of which are supposed to encourage extra dopamine production in the brain. Dopamine triggers sweating in some way. If the One AC works, it should take effect within two weeks. Up to about 60% of anhidrotic horses respond to the supplement according to the study. So there’s a chance it will help.
At this point though… I’m horse shopping. Dressy may very well respond well to the supplement. But I think I have to seriously consider whether I want to compete her during the hottest part of the summer in future. She’s likely to have a tendency towards this for the rest of her life. And it’s triggered by exercise in very hot humid weather. She can certainly continue to do Ride n Tie, and shorter rides in summer. But I will have to save longer rides for cold and/or rainy weather with her.
In hindsight, I think this may have been coming on for some time. Possibly years. She’s always had a lot of trouble in the heat, and that has, if anything, gotten worse over the last couple of years, not better. And I think it’s probably what triggered the atrial fibrillation. It was the first thing I noticed that day in early May that she went into A-fib. She was not sweating. She got very overheated and appeared to be developing thumps. Once I discovered the A-fib, I didn’t think about the lack of sweating much, since her heart problem seemed like the major issue.
So I’m going to save up some money and start looking for another Arab. And towards that end, Today I took Nikita up to a friend who buys and sells a lot of horses. With luck, she can get her sold to a nice home. Possibly as a driving pony (she rides and drives). Nik is a black QH/Welsh cross mare. 14hh. And just as cute as can be. She’s been standing around here doing nothing but eat and be Twister’s best friend for a couple of years, and she needs a life. I really like Nikita, so I’ve been putting off selling her. But I cannot justify feeding a sound, healthy 10 year old pony who has no job whatsoever. A pony who would undoubtedly be much appreciated elsewhere. Dressy and King will always stay with me of course. But I can’t afford to keep collecting horses indiscriminately (though I really WISH I could!).
Really, I’m trying to sound (and be!) practical. But I’m sure going to miss that darling pony 🙁