I had a paint mare that had to be euthanized due to acute kidney failure. We picked her dam up at a auction, didn't know she was bred until she was about 6 months into her pregnancy. In May, "Bailey" was born a healthy filly. Going into her first winter she grew an extra long, very fugly coat. She looked just hideous. My vet said she was only of the ugliest weanlings she'd ever seen. LoL. Then when she shed out, she was gorgeous. It was the weirdest thing.
I sent her to the trainer when she was 3. I had tried to break her myself but she wouldn't go for me. Literally, she'd stand there all day. I could not get her to move. Trainer got her going at a walk and trot the first day she was under saddle. No problems. She knew she could get away with stuff with me.
Well, when she turned 4, she had a rough winter. She kept dropping weight. She came back from the trainer for a second time and she looked just hideous. When I picked her up from the trainer, I was so embarrassed by how she looked. She looked like a rescue horse. That was the final straw. I had the vet out again, and we found out she had a bacterial infection. It was February. Middle of winter. My vet couldn't figure out where she got it from. None of my other horses were sick.
After a few days of antibiotics, she perked up. Appetite improved. By spring, she was at her full weight. That was the only time she had ever been sick. Only time. I decided that I just wasn't giving her the time that she needed as a green horse. She was just sitting in my pasture. I gave her to my trainer and told her to find a good home for her. It broke my heart, but my mom did not get along with her at all, and I was just too busy. My trainer took her in. I told her whatever she made off of her she could have. She was at the trainers for 2 months. She was just like she'd always been. My trainer finally found a match for her and I signed over her paperwork. Met the new owners who trail rode 5 times a week. Perfect home for her. It's exactly what I wanted.
They took Bailey home. Settled her in. A few days later they rode her and she was acting up. Which wasn't uncommon with her. She did it with me because she knew she could get away with it. She made me nervous. They rode her again a few days later and the same thing. They called the trainer and talked to her about it. She went off her feed and began getting dehydrated. They called the vet and trainer again. Vet told them to check her temperature, she had a fever. The vet came out the next day and took some blood to runs some tests.
Tests come back. Her kidneys were 80% dead. The point of no return. They tried for 2 days to pump her full of meds and liquids to no avail and she was euthanized within 2 weeks of her new home.
Its coming up on 2 years since her death and I, to this day, feel guilty for having sold her. I feel that if I hadn't gotten rid of her, she'd still be here today. That maybe, she was supposed to be my horse and since she couldn't be with me, then she wasn't going to live. Rational? No. But I still feel horrible.
The new owners were upset that she didn't make it, but they didn't blame anyone or ask for their money back. A $250 adoption fee. They were really nice people. I felt so bad. I never would have sold a sick horse to anyone. That's just wrong. How were we to know anything was wrong. She was great at the trainers. If they suspected something was wrong, they would have had the vet out. I hadn't seen her in months, and when I went to drop papers off and have one last ride with her, she was great. I was wishing I could just take her home.
I have always wondered if she got into something at the new owners place that killed her. I'll never know, but the time frame just seems odd to me.
I also wonder if she had been born with some type of auto-immune disorder that eventually took over her body. Like I said, the first winter we had her, she looked horrible. But she was only sick one time due to the bacterial infection and then she got better on antibiotics. And that was a year before she was put down. And she never went into remission from the infection she had.
Has anyone been in a similar situation with a horse? Bailey was only 5 years old when she died. Its hard for me to wrap my brain around a 5 year old having kidney disease just out of the blue. Obviously I'll never know, but I'm curious to hear your guy's input.
I had her for 5 years, was the first to touch her. And within 2 weeks of being with a new family, she died.
Here are some pictures that I have of her.