A good news story about Black Betty

@JudyEv (282910)
Rockingham, Australia
August 2, 2022 7:42pm CST
Last season, the horse in the photo was almost unmanageable to the point where the rider sold her float (horse trailer) and was just about ready to give up endurance riding. She is a retired trotter/pacer/Standardbred but hadn’t raced for some years. Her behaviour had been getting slowly worse and worse for some months. Someone suggested the owner have her checked for ulcers which are relatively common in performance horses. It turned out the mare did have ulcers and would have been in a lot of pain, hence her behaviour. She is now back ‘on track’ and is a different horse. This season, she has only competed in short rides but she looks a million dollars and is obedient and altogether a different horse. Everyone is thrilled for the owner and Black Betty (that’s her stable name). The top photo is mine and the lower one Vince’s. In the top photo, you can see one of the lovely old trees that I wrote about last time.
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@moffittjc (106363)
• Gainesville, Florida
3 Aug
Hi Judy! I haven’t chatted with you in quite a while. I hope you and Vince are doing well! It’s often difficult to know exactly why an animal behaves the way it does, because they can’t always communicate to us what is wrong with them.
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@JudyEv (282910)
• Rockingham, Australia
3 Aug
We're well, thanks. I hope you're doing well too. I think on the whole we're getting a bit better at recognising symptoms of pain in animals.
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@moffittjc (106363)
• Gainesville, Florida
3 Aug
@JudyEv Glad to hear you're doing well. I surely hope you and Vince are still living the good life. At least you're still doing the photography at the endurance rides, so that's a good thing!
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@RubyHawk (66965)
• Atlanta, Georgia
3 Aug
It’s a beautiful horse. Sad that the poor thing was in pain. That is a huge tree trunk.
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@JudyEv (282910)
• Rockingham, Australia
3 Aug
It is just so good that they found out what the problem was.
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@RubyHawk (66965)
• Atlanta, Georgia
3 Aug
@JudyEv The Horse was showing pain in the only way possible.
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@JudyEv (282910)
• Rockingham, Australia
4 Aug
@RubyHawk Yes, that's very true.
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@Kandae11 (47047)
3 Aug
I feel it for the horse. Imagine being in awful pain and not being able to ask for help.
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@JudyEv (282910)
• Rockingham, Australia
3 Aug
It was probably trying to run away from the pain. It's a different horse now.
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@DaddyEvil (87264)
• United States
3 Aug
I'm glad she got the medical attention she needed so she's feeling better now. Both photos look good!
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@JudyEv (282910)
• Rockingham, Australia
3 Aug
It is as if she is a different horse. Her owner is over the moon with the change in her behaviour.
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@DaddyEvil (87264)
• United States
3 Aug
@JudyEv I'm sure he is. He thought he was going to lose her or have to sell her.
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@JudyEv (282910)
• Rockingham, Australia
4 Aug
@DaddyEvil And if it's behaviour is bad, it's not so likely to get a good owner.
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@oahuwriter (24557)
• United States
3 Aug
Poor Black Betty, but you're ok now. Glad they found her problem and got her better!
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@JudyEv (282910)
• Rockingham, Australia
3 Aug
She must be so much happier too now she doesn't have the pain.
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@oahuwriter (24557)
• United States
4 Aug
@JudyEv Yes, the poor thing!
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@wolfgirl569 (58195)
• Marion, Ohio
3 Aug
Glad they didnt give up on her.
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@JudyEv (282910)
• Rockingham, Australia
3 Aug
I guess it's simple once you know but not so simple for starters.
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@wolfgirl569 (58195)
• Marion, Ohio
3 Aug
@JudyEv A horse acting out can be a scary thing to deal with. Especially if the owner is inexperienced.
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@FourWalls (45662)
• United States
3 Aug
Oh, I’m so glad it was an “easy fix” for the horse. “Black Betty” is also the name of an old blues song that was remade as a hard rock tune in the late 1970s. I like it better on a horse.
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@JudyEv (282910)
• Rockingham, Australia
3 Aug
You remind me of my brother-in-law. Mention anyone and he'll tell you what sort of car they drove/drive. Mention anyone to you and up pops a song.
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@FourWalls (45662)
• United States
3 Aug
@JudyEv — I’ll never know if I get senile because all my brain is full of is song lyrics!
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@1creekgirl (32643)
• United States
3 Aug
She is a beauty. So glad they found out about the ulcers, poor thing.
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@JudyEv (282910)
• Rockingham, Australia
3 Aug
It has made all the difference to her outlook and behaviour.
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@1creekgirl (32643)
• United States
3 Aug
@JudyEv It would mine, too!
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@Beestring (3081)
• Hong Kong
3 Aug
I'm glad that the horse's ulcer problem was cured. Great photos.
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@JudyEv (282910)
• Rockingham, Australia
3 Aug
Thanks. I'm glad you like the photos.
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@LadyDuck (400355)
• Switzerland
3 Aug
This horse is beautiful, I am so sorry she was in pain and no one could understand that she had a problem. Belated Happy Birthday Judy, I just realized that July is over and the 29th I forgot to wish you Happy Birthday.
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@JudyEv (282910)
• Rockingham, Australia
4 Aug
Thanks for the birthday wishes. Now it would seem I'm in my late 70s. Shall I put a laughing face or a crying one??
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@LadyDuck (400355)
• Switzerland
4 Aug
@JudyEv Better to smile, after all you are healthy and enjoying life.
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@JudyEv (282910)
• Rockingham, Australia
4 Aug
@LadyDuck Yes, that's so true. Much better to smile.
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@rebelann (99906)
• El Paso, Texas
3 Aug
Were the vets able to cure the ulcers? She's a beautiful mare.
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@JudyEv (282910)
• Rockingham, Australia
3 Aug
Yes, once ulcers are diagnosed, they can cure them relatively easily I think. It's mostly to do with how they are fed I think.
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@rebelann (99906)
• El Paso, Texas
3 Aug
I'm glad she was cured. Maybe she has a sensitive stomach to some of the oats or whatnot that owners feed them.
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@JudyEv (282910)
• Rockingham, Australia
4 Aug
@rebelann Some also only get fed twice a day or whatever which isn't a 'natural' way for them to eat. In the wild, they would spend the greater part of the day grazing.
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@allknowing (103814)
• India
4 Aug
That is the sad part. Often animals are not understood. Happy for Black Betty. This took me to a memory and it is about a baby We were in a train and there was this little baby howling away. The mother just could not stop her when my husband noticed her footwear and pointed out to her that could be they are very tight and yes that was the problem.
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@JudyEv (282910)
• Rockingham, Australia
4 Aug
Poor little child. It is awful when an animal or child is upset and we don't know the cause.
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@allknowing (103814)
• India
4 Aug
@JudyEv I get to know all is not well with our pets when their behaviour changes.
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@LeaPea2417 (34467)
• Toccoa, Georgia
4 Aug
I never knew horses can get ulcers.
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@JudyEv (282910)
• Rockingham, Australia
4 Aug
Yes, they get ulcers and arthritis and some even get something akin to diabetes.
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@LeaPea2417 (34467)
• Toccoa, Georgia
4 Aug
@JudyEv very interesting.
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@celticeagle (135056)
• Boise, Idaho
3 Aug
So glad someone took the time to let the owner know about the possible malady that the horse could be suffering from. I bet Black Betty is happy too. Love those old trees.
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@JudyEv (282910)
• Rockingham, Australia
4 Aug
It was just a chance remark but made so much difference to the horse.
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@celticeagle (135056)
• Boise, Idaho
4 Aug
@JudyEv .......Yes, indeed.
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@aninditasen (7652)
• Raurkela, India
3 Aug
Very pathetic that animals can't speak about their pains, we have to guess by their behaviour. The horse however looks healthy in the photo.
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@JudyEv (282910)
• Rockingham, Australia
4 Aug
It has a clean bill of health now and both horse and rider are much happier.
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• Raurkela, India
4 Aug
@JudyEv That's something nice to hear. Wishing both the horse and the rider happy rides forever.
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@Ronrybs (15990)
• London, England
3 Aug
Considering how ulcers make some people very tetchy, I am not surprised she was an unhappy horse. Thank goodness they got to the bottom of it
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@JudyEv (282910)
• Rockingham, Australia
4 Aug
It was simple once they worked out it. Simple in the fact that it could be treated.
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@Ronrybs (15990)
• London, England
4 Aug
@JudyEv That's the thing, everything is simple if it can dealt with!
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@jobelbojel (31317)
• Philippines
6 Aug
Good story for Betty. Come back is real for this rider. Very nice photos.
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@JudyEv (282910)
• Rockingham, Australia
6 Aug
Thanks. The lady is so pleased that there has been a reason for the horse's behaviour.
• United States
4 Aug
That is so great that they found the reason. No one wants to be good when they feel terrible.
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@JudyEv (282910)
• Rockingham, Australia
4 Aug
I can imagine the poor rider wondering what the heck was going on and why the horse was behaving that way.
@moonandstars (60575)
• Zagreb, Croatia (Hrvatska)
3 Aug
looks like it was cold. we shouldn't underestimate animals
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@JudyEv (282910)
• Rockingham, Australia
4 Aug
It was very cold that day. There was a cold wind blowing as well as a low temperature.
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@snowy22315 (140427)
• United States
3 Aug
It is always nice to hear good news.
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@JudyEv (282910)
• Rockingham, Australia
4 Aug
She was about to sell the horse because she couldn't work out why it was misbehaving so badly.