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post #11 of 115 Old 06-02-2012, 08:46 PM
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Usually antibiotics are given for 8-10 days, so three shots for one day is not even close.
I work for vets, they always go out if asked. Have you actually asked them to come out, or just called for advice. If two vets refuse to come out to see a very sick foal, then you need to find another vet.
I hope this baby is still alive.
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post #12 of 115 Old 06-03-2012, 10:48 PM Thread Starter
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While I have requested that this post be removed due to the the rude replies I received I figured that I would let everyone know that he is recovering nicely. . .and all thanks to backwoods home remedies. I love my horse and colt and though I may not have a lot of money and am a bit naive, they are always, and will always be, taken care of and loved as any animal should be.

That people are so quick to judge makes me sad and I do not believe that I will ever use a horse forum again. I would, however, like to publicly thank DRichmond, the only person who provided any real suggestions.
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post #13 of 115 Old 06-03-2012, 10:58 PM
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I'm sorry you got rude replies and hope you will stick around. Also i'm glad your colt is ok and would like to see some pics of him when he's all better.

Being horseless is the pits!!
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post #14 of 115 Old 06-03-2012, 11:01 PM
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You didn't get rude replies, you got honest ones. From people that gave you very good advice I might add.

While we all understand the concept of no money for the vet, we all as horseowners understand that if you can't afford vet, you don't need a horse.

And DRichmond may have been nice about this, and maybe they believe in home rememidies too, but it is more likely that member has years of dealing with horses too, and can assess whether they can treat what is wrong themselves, or if vet needs to be called.
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post #15 of 115 Old 06-03-2012, 11:04 PM
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We are quick to judge because we have a lot of experience. I am happy you saved your foal, and 4 years on still heartbroken that I lost mine due to respiratory failure, despite all our best efforts.

Maybe I did it wrong, hell if I hadn't of had the vet to him, maybe he would of lived.

I couldn't of lived with myself if I hadn't called the vet though, because we don't live 250 years ago, we live now, and I don't want to treat myself with grannies remedies, so why would I with the horses?

I would never ever take a chance on not having a vet to a foal, I will home treat some things in older horses, I do believe we over medicate, and I believe strongly that we overuse antibiotics, and when we do use them we don't follow instructions, and that has caused us already, and will into the future cause us no end of issues.

Back to the op, you have to understand that to 99% of us, any medical situation with a foal is an emergency, they can go downhill so quickly, it isn't safe to take chances.
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I do use home remedies on myself so, I use them on my animals too and other than this poor little guy, we're all very healthy. And, as I said before, my pets are all well taken care of. Perhaps you are saying I should have let them slaughter the both of them instead of saving them.....if you think that would have been better for them than you have issues. And, anytime a person comes into money issues we should get rid of our pets? Hah, I thought I was the naive one!
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Perhaps you are saying I should have let them slaughter the both of them instead of saving them.....if you think that would have been better for them than you have issues.
Who is that barb aimed at?

Who knows maybe it would have been better for them, not now, but do you have a crystal ball, can you see 30 years into the future, who knows what will happen to the foal in time?
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post #18 of 115 Old 06-03-2012, 11:23 PM Thread Starter
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That was in reply to the line;

While we all understand the concept of no money for the vet, we all as horseowners understand that if you can't afford vet, you don't need a horse.
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post #19 of 115 Old 06-03-2012, 11:26 PM
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As you have only owned this mare and colt for a month and already cannot afford vet care (after claiming vets refused to come out, I might add) yes I think the slaughter house might have been a better option.

Glad that the little guy is coming around, but you really need to rethink this a little.
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And, now I am done. I will not be returning to this website. We all have losses and we all make mistakes. I do not feel that I have made one in rescuing or in my care of these two. Thank you for breaking me into the joys of an online forum. Thank you to those of you who expressed real concern and sympathy. HorseLovinLady, I appreciate your post but, I am sorry to say that I will not be posting pictures. Golden Horse, I am sorry that you had a loss affect you so. We learn from every experience. I lost my temper up there and shouldn't have and I apologize for that. A weekend of stress does that to a person.
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