Curly Shirley’s Diary

We rescued Shirley from the ‘dog man’ who rang and said “I don’t really want to put her down because she is so sweet and deserves a second chance.”

On our way to have a look we decided that if there was anything wrong with her other than her feet, we should leave her there. Well, so much for that theory, she had all sorts of problems. She was only able to stand for a few minutes at a time and had to lay down to eat. She also had ECD (Equine Cushings Disease), which is an abnormal function of the pituitary gland. This gives her the shaggy appearance, hence the name Curly Shirley.

On seeing Shirley, Jeremy said to the ‘dog man’, “You sure know how to play on a man’s heart strings dont you,” and somehow she ended up at home.

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Shirly when she arrived

July 7, 2006

Shirley’s hooves measured 180mm. She was actually walking on her bulbs. She was trimmed and padded all four hooves. It took a while for Shirley to realize that she could now stand on her hooves. She was walking and even had a bit of a trot within minutes. We put her in a paddock on her own.

July 11, 2006

Shirley was doing well so we put two young horses in with her to encourage movement which worked well.


July 21, 2006

Shirley was sore in off hind due to an abscess.

July 25. 2006

Abcess in off hind burst and Shirley was improving again.

July 29, 2006

Lame in off fore with another abscess

August 1, 2006

Shirey had her 2nd trim, cut out several old abscesses in each hoof, had a sub solar abscess in off hind. Padded and pulticed off fore after trim with epsom salts.

August 3, 2006

Not sore

August 13, 2006

Shirley was galloping around with the young horses.

August 14, 2006

We moved Shirley in with our other horses in paddock paradise, her movement increased dramatically.

Started treating her Equine Cushings Disease with Vitex Agnus Castus.

August 21, 2006

Shirley was becoming harder to catch for her Vitex dose as it is very nasty tasting.

August 29, 2006

Shirley had 3rd trim, not sore

September 1, 2006

Shirley was clipped ready for spring and looks great!

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Shirley had her 4th trim, moving more freely in her whole body.

October 10, 2006

Shirley had her 5th trim, and is doing some light work with Jeremy’s daughter Matilda.