Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Washington, USA.
I know a 32 year old mare who went through colic surgery three or four years ago, and she's absolutely THRIVING.
That being said, I think it has a lot to do with the kind of colic [colic being a broad term for stomach/intestine upset] and the health level of the horse. I'm not sure the kind of colic this mare had, but it worked.
I also knew of an older stud, 20 if that, that got impaction colic from sand, and the vet didn't even recommend surgery from what I heard.
I'm sorry for your loss, and generally, it is far, far kinder to let a horse go than to keep it around for any possible sufferings. Don't second guess yourself, it won't help anything, and it won't make you feel better. You're vet told you he didn't think surgery would be wise, and they don't sugar-coat or make rainbows and butterflies out of bad news.
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Last edited by riccil0ve; 05-18-2010 at 12:19 AM.