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RE: [RC] Don't touch my mouth!!!! Testing capillary refill. - Susan E. Garlinghouse, DVM

No, CRT is only checked via gums at rides, though the vets only need a second or so to check.  As Kristin posted, work on rubbing her face and desensitizing her to that, then work on rubbing lips and such.  The Lyons desensitizing methods work well.  So does clicker training.

 

I certainly encourage you to solve the problem before going to a ride.  AERC rules do clearly state that horses have to stand quietly for inspection, and while most vets can make do if necessary, I also know a fair number are getting a bit weary of having to school horses at vet checks that won’t allow gentle and routine handling.  I commend you for spotting an issue beforehand and trying to find a solution.  Good luck.

 

Susan Garlinghouse, DVM

 

From: ridecamp-owner@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:ridecamp-owner@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Mellifluous
Sent: Friday, January 11, 2008 12:04 PM
To: ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [RC] Don't touch my mouth!!!! Testing capillary refill.

 

 
I have an older mare that I was thinking of conditioning up so that my friend can do some LDs with me.  She has fabulous ground manners and is very sweet until you try to touch her mouth.  Her previous owners really did a number on her mouth and she will NOT let you even get close to touching her mouth unless she is sedated.  Trust me, I have tried to work her through her fears with a variety of methods with little success.  So, instead of pushing the issue, I ride her in a hackamore and squirt her wormer on her feed.
 
Is there any other way that the vets can check capiallary refill besides pressing on her gums.  Even if they could get their fingers in her mouth, they would be hard pressed to keep them their long enough to tell what is going on.  This is the only obstacle I have to entering this mare in an LD.
 
Thanks!
 
Mel


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