Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: TN, but moving soon
• Horses: 0
If you have a college with an equine center in your state, or nearby, horses with cancer, of a number of types, can seek treatment, sometimes for much less than a private vet would charge. I've personally seen horses with bone and eye cancer survive 3-7 years longer than good vets predicted they good due to the help of research and love. Remember, your horse will know when you are worried about her, and as her contition gets painful or hard for her, you need to give her your strength to help her be strong.
Give them a purpose to life. If that is a daily workout and weekly ride great, if its managing the pasture and standing for a daily brushing, okay, but if they think what they do serves a purpose to you, any horse seems to want to fight harder. Knowing a sickness is going to take your best friend is terrible, but remember, you knew you'd out live them when they came to you, and they didn't. They don't need to know now. Enjoy your wonderful friend in whatever way you can for as long as you can, then don't be afraid to tell them its okay when you realize its not in their bet interest to keep fighting for you.
Good luck in your struggle, and I wish you the best of a long time with your horse
The best index to a person's character is (a) how he treats people who can't do him any good, and (b) how he treats people who can't fight back ---Abigail Van Buren