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    11-09-2011, 04:49 PM
  #11
Banned
I've heard $3,500 to $10,000.

I hope it works out for you, Duren, and I guess I'll never know without being in that situation, but I don't think I'd opt for surgery on one of mine, due to the pain, risks, and complications. And this is coming from the sucker who's spent about $7K and over two years trying to fix a mare's leg....and has a perfectly lame and unusable horse to show for it.
     
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    11-09-2011, 05:05 PM
  #12
Weanling
I'm also in WI (SE) and mine was $6000 on a mini. That included the 2 emergency visits prior to surgery and 1 week of incredible care in the hospital. I had to take out a "Mom Loan".

I'd do it again if the right situation arose. Frankie was a great candidate and they had very high hopes he'd do well. We are over a year post-surgery and absolutely no complications.

For me, it depends on the horse and the conditions. I am in the situation where I can afford to do these things (even if it hurts a little) and my view is that I have an obligation to do whatever is right for my horses. I totally respect people who don't view their horses as family members (or who can't afford to view them that way) but that's how it is for me.

I'm glad your horse is doing well. I remember that experience all too well.
     
    11-10-2011, 05:19 PM
  #13
Weanling
My mare coliced friday...we were very lucky and she came out of it farely quickley...i got what is called quick start from a breeder in town and within the hour she was night and day differance..i also heard afterword that there is someing you can give in therir feed that will provent colic...im meeting with the guy she gets ger feed and supplies from tomorrow to hear his speal, his a distributer, so if anyones interested I can pass on the info when I get it
     
    11-10-2011, 05:33 PM
  #14
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by jannette    
my mare coliced friday...we were very lucky and she came out of it farely quickley...i got what is called quick start from a breeder in town and within the hour she was night and day differance..i also heard afterword that there is someing you can give in therir feed that will provent colic...im meeting with the guy she gets ger feed and supplies from tomorrow to hear his speal, his a distributer, so if anyones interested I can pass on the info when I get it
I'm glad your mare is OK.
I'd like to hear what he has to say. If it's good it would save so many horses.
     
    11-10-2011, 06:38 PM
  #15
Foal
Absolutely none of my horses are surgical candidates...as horrible as that sounds...

I ask this to myself of any situation with that sort of risk: "Is this the best use of my family's resources?"

I've heard up to 10k for surgery prices...and like someone mentioned, you aren't guaranteed a live horse at the end of it.

While I love my horses, I could replace any of mine (especially in this economy) for FAR less than the cost of colic surgery.

I did, however, opt to have an OCD surgically removed from an ankle, but that came with so much more of a guarantee that I'd have a usable horse at the end of it...and the surgery was 1k.
     
    11-10-2011, 08:56 PM
  #16
Foal
For me, the prognosis would be a big deciding factor. If the odds of the horse making it through surgery and having a full recovery were slim, I would opt to put the horse down. The cost for surgery is extremely prohibitive up here, I've heard figures up to 10,000+, especially when you factor in aftercare, hospitalization, nevermind complications...I'm all for having an emergency fund for horses or any pets, IMO that's part of owning an animal, but for me there's a limit. If I did opt for surgery, it would be a one time shot. As SR said, most insurance agencies will only cover the one, and if I opted to save my own emergency fund instead of insurance, the one surgery and all that follows could easily wipe out those funds. It would be different with a smaller animal like a dog or a cat, the cost is less extreme and is it often easier to keep them confined while recovering. With horses it's a lot of money to put out for a very uncertain outcome.
     
    11-10-2011, 10:16 PM
  #17
Green Broke
My best friend's horse had colic surgery and he was only about 3 years old at the time. She had him insured so the insurance covered all of it. I think it was around $10,000.

I already know that as much as I love my guys, colic surgery is something they won't have done. I will do as much as I can without surgery, but I can't afford any $10,000 vet bills. I had two horses put to sleep due to colic, but they were already in their 20's. Not that they were loved any less, because they were loved greatly, but I think if a 25yr old needs colic surgery, I think I would opt to put them down rather than put them through that at near what is the end of their life. But if it comes right down to it, the young one would get put down too if it came to that. So I pray it never does.

However, the good news is, my friends horse recovered just fine and is still out hitting the trails for 5 hours at a time. He seems totally normal. I think he had some infection at the surgery site, and for about a year afterwards he would have an occasional colic episode, but at the moment he is totally healthy and has recovered great (it's been about 2 years now).

So if you can afford it, yes, they can definitely go on to be normal and have a good quality of life.

I don't think they ever figured out exactly what was wrong with my friend's horse. Part of his intestine (many feet of it, I don't remember how many) were removed because it didn't look healthy, but they never did figure out what caused him to colic to begin with.
     
    11-11-2011, 01:12 PM
  #18
Started
If you have the money for any complications, yes I would do it. Because, what would happen if you spent $8,000 on a surgery, but something goes wrong, and it would cost another $4,000 and you just spent all of your money for nothing? If the vet says it would be a 80% chance of getting through it and no complications, then it would be worth it to risk spending all your money.
     
    11-11-2011, 01:59 PM
  #19
Weanling
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Originally Posted by natisha    
I'm glad your mare is OK.
I'd like to hear what he has to say. If it's good it would save so many horses.
k so I got a tub it's called Enza Bloc. And it has natural digestive inzimes and vitamins and such goodies...its sold by ag nutrition (amway of the livestock world) lol....im going to give it a shot I also picked up more of the quick start and its a non-ruminant probiotic paste....contains live organisims and full of vitamins...u give when stressed from shipping, savere weather ect.
     
    11-11-2011, 02:08 PM
  #20
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
Colic surgery is risky no matter the age, but especially so on older horses.

Plus, once your horse has had colic surgery, you won't be able to insure him/her again for it. It's a one time shot, and if the horse needs it again it'll be on your own dime.

I have no intentions of getting colic surgery for any of mine, the 7 y/o included. It's not because I'm stingy, don't love my animals, etc., it's because the cost is prohibitive and there's no guarantee I'll get a healthy animal out of it.

I totally agree with this. Also the recovery time is very long.
     

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