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        11-17-2012, 09:24 AM
    I've been following this thread, I just wanted to add my best wishes. You are doing everything right - so it's just a waiting and hoping time now. Best wishes for him.
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        11-17-2012, 09:51 AM
    Green Broke
    Your farrier should be able to trim him while he's laying down. That would be easiest for everyone.

    At least the rotation has stopped. I'm really hoping he makes a full recovery.
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        11-18-2012, 01:48 PM
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    Hope the latest post from you means that things are settling down and he will be on the uphill climb now - even though its likely to be slow
    So many things can be at the root of the problem but your vet sounds wonderful
        11-19-2012, 10:19 AM
    The weekend proved difficult at best he coliced on saturday late night I checked him at 12am and he was colicy. Had vet out just too be sure did the oil and some pain meds and some other stuff. He pulled through in about and hour but wasnt a cheap deal when vet comes out a 1:30am for a sick horse. So I once again didnt get much sleep had to keep checking on him. Then sunday he decided to make life more interesting again he's foundered on his fronts now. Vet figures the blood work that was first run wasnt right in its readings. So she drew more blood already this morning she's sure he's IR why it didnt show up on first test she doesnt know. I think signs of founder was there saturday but I missed it. He's rotated a little on the fronts and his hoofs were hot but managed to get them cooled off. So my poor boy is sure having a tuff time he's holding his own this morning. Much to the vets surprize he was standing up but that's only for short periods then he's back down. Good thing I had a good amount of money saved for emergencys. Oh he does have a name its casper. Farrier will be here friday along with the vet that's the day both could be here at the same time.
        11-19-2012, 11:49 AM
    Green Broke
    OMG! I am so sorry to hear this new news. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your boy!
        11-19-2012, 12:53 PM
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    Poor Casper, not what I wanted to hear. Doesnt help his case that colic can cause laminitis too so he's had a double whammy.
    The blood tests when they are in pain in early stages more likely give a high false positive than a negative as all the bodies natural responses to stress and pain go on hyperdrive
    Has the vet considered maybe kidney or liver disease as a cause?
    I feel so sorry for you. Hope things improve
        11-19-2012, 01:38 PM
    Thank you Nvr2many and jaydee vets running test to check liver and kidney for dease she really doesnt think that's the cause. He's been on his feet more today then he has for over 3 or 4 days. But he's standing rocked way back on his hindquarters and does a lot of shifting around.Not sure he's really improved still very painfull on those feet and now all four. All I know is my saving account for this stuff is down a bit from a week ago.Hopefully this latest blood test will give us some much needed anwsers. My vet says she going to consult with a really good vet from the university on my horses case. Says maybe she's missing something here. All I can do now is take it one day at a time and hope things turn around here.Vet will be coming around 2pm to see how he is doing says she not charging me farm calls. Says she will be going by here any way so not out of her way. I do see that casper is very stressed out and I see the pain in his eyes I feel so horrible for him. Every time I go out I give him hugs and tell him how sorry iam for whats happening to him. I spent most of last night sitting in his stall with him did that again today for a while. He just puts his big head near me and breathes his hot breath on me.
        11-19-2012, 01:56 PM
    Poor Casper, he's lucky to have you for a mum with all the care you are giving him. It makes you feel so helpless when things go so wrong and you can't tell him that you are doing the best you can.

    Hope he improves soon.
        11-19-2012, 02:06 PM
    Green Broke
    This is so sad.. so hard..

    I was expecting him to follow through and founder in front. The colic.. probably from the stress and not drinking enough water. Has anyone thought to check his urine for abnormalities? Blood should tell all.. but it might be something to ask.

    I would ask if he were mine.. but honestly you are doing more than I would.

    I wish you and Casper the very best.
        11-19-2012, 02:57 PM
    Elana Theres just a glimer of hope right now vet changed his pain meds to previcox bute didnt seem to be helping enough. The previcox is working he's been on his feet now for almost three hours. Vet wasnt sure it would help but it is. I can't give up on him just yet I did save almost 4000 for emergys. Yes iam going past what I said id spend on a horse but he's my heart horse. He's drinking good 15 gallons a day or more he has more intrest in whats going on around him. So these are things I look at plus iam not putting my familys financial well being at risk. This money iam spending on him is just for the horses not coming out of our familys account for bills. Should have results on blood some time tomorrow. I worked hard too put this money away for emergys took a long time but I figure I can start saving again after this is over with.Casper is now moving around just a bit more so that's also a little more of a glimmer of hope. Thank you everyone for you support through caspers foundering problems. Will update after vet leaves later today for now he's hanging in there.
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