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  • Is a 17 year old horse worth three thousand dollars
  • Rusty nail infection in horse hoof meds

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    06-17-2012, 08:30 AM
  #11
Foal
If you are not going to get the veterinary care that she needs then it is probably time to make the decision to put her to sleep. She very likely has a major infection in the bones of the foot despite the antibiotics.

I do understand dealing with flood damage but at this stage this is probably the kinder choice.
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    06-17-2012, 08:35 AM
  #12
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I don't know if it will help but perhaps epsom salt soaks 2 x daily for a week. Even table salt will help draw stuff. You might try applying an anti fungal cream mixed with a triple antibiotic and using a catheter syringe. It has a long snout and would allow you to get some high into the hole, after each soak. This works with thrush so may help your horse. Please ask the vet about it - a phone call is free.
     
    06-17-2012, 08:39 AM
  #13
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Originally Posted by klaatu    
omg. Seriously, im 17, she's not my horse, I have no say in what is spent on. She kicks, and had to be sedated just to pick up any of her feet. You have no idea what kind of money we put into our horses so don't try and tell me that I have a bad attitude. I treat them no differently either.
I did not know that the kind of damage would be done, and if I had known then I would of done things differently, and our family has kind of had bigger issues than a sick horse.
Maybe you should think about things before you judge people.

I said I was wrong, maybe you should offer advice instead of thinking you are better than me :)
Thanks
I can tell you are 17 because of your reply. Take offense if you want, but I used to have that same tone. First off no one thinks we're "better than you" but we know that you personally thought about not giving the horse the proper vet care as stated in your post due to it being a freebie.. which we responded to in fold.

So she has problems, which horse doesn't?! You said YOU found her with a nail. As natisha stated.. that's an emergency situation. You realized this too late (we aren't blaming you, it happens) but in future.. get the vet out. Even if it's not your horse, because this horse can go from healthy to on their deathbed. No hoof, no horse. Nails are usually rusty and can cause a serious infection, etc. etc.

If the owner doesn't want to pay, they don't want to pay *shrug* but I rather spend money to help a horse live and give it what it needs. I would be heartbroken if my lessee didn't call the vet out if Sky got into trouble because she couldn't get ahold of me and thought "pfft.. not my problem cause it ain't my horse" (which again, NOT SAYING THAT YOU THOUGHT THAT, this is a situation I am making up.)

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    06-17-2012, 08:39 AM
  #14
Green Broke
If she is appearing confused (unsure how to get in the barn) she may now have a systemic infection (septicemia) & the prognosis is guarded at best.
Did the vet draw any blood?
This horse needs at the minimum, X-rays to assess bone integrity.

I'm always amazed at how someone could watch a horse limp & not call a vet. I'm assuming the owner was aware. I don't mean an Ol'Joe shuffling around when the etiology is known but as the result of a known injury.
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    06-17-2012, 08:46 AM
  #15
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What does her having been free have to do with getting her proper medical care? You took on the responsibility of another life. Its purchase price is completely irrelevant.

My last 2 horses have been freebies. I treat them no differently than I do the animals for which I've paid thousands of dollars. I really dislike your attitude that since she was free, she's not worth spending money on.

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You have no idea what their family's financial position is, and also as she has mentioned, she's only 17. Did you really expect her to fork out three thousand dollars to save a horse she just rescued at short notice? Would you have spent three grand when you were 17? Stop criticizing someone you have no idea about.

In other news, good luck with your horse Klaatu ;)
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    06-17-2012, 08:49 AM
  #16
Foal
Yes, I am 17. Im sorry im not as academic as you and havnt had that life experience. But I came on here to ask for ADVICE... not be told im in the wrong. So either help or leave :)
No.... I did not find the nail..... the horse was limping, we soaked it ect... this horse kicks.. WE COULDNT LOOK UNDER HER HOOF UNLESS WE WANTED TO GET KICKED.. it wasnt until a few days later we found a nail.
And by the way,,,, if you read previous stories about this situation, people have not had a vet and the horse has been fine.. omg.. no way :p

And natisha, no the vet did not draw blood
     
    06-17-2012, 08:51 AM
  #17
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Originally Posted by ZhiLaiYeh    
You have no idea what their family's financial position is, and also as she has mentioned, she's only 17. Did you really expect her to fork out three thousand dollars to save a horse she just rescued at short notice? Would you have spent three grand when you were 17? Stop criticizing someone you have no idea about.

In other news, good luck with your horse Klaatu ;)
You DO realize that vets allow you to pay in installments not all at once on the day it happens, if you TALK to them. They know the economy sucks and horses are expensive.

I stand by Speed Racer. She has a sensible answer. Would you find it acceptable if someone couldn't afford feed and their horses were starving out in the field? Not likely!

If you have a horse, you need to pay for their needs. INCLUDING medical needs.

This isn't a pick-up-your-pitch-forks-and-attack-the-OP deal. This is a "all horse owners need to be responsible" If you can't afford to pay for a horse, there are WAYS. Sell things (like I did for two huge bills for my horse this spring) talk with the vet and pay what you can and slowly pay more and more each month.

You cannot just let a horse go without their needs. That is completely irresponsible.
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    06-17-2012, 08:55 AM
  #18
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Originally Posted by klaatu    
yes, I am 17. Im sorry im not as academic as you and havnt had that life experience. But I came on here to ask for ADVICE... not be told im in the wrong. So either help or leave :)
No.... I did not find the nail..... the horse was limping, we soaked it ect... this horse kicks.. WE COULDNT LOOK UNDER HER HOOF UNLESS WE WANTED TO GET KICKED.. it wasnt until a few days later we found a nail.
And by the way,,,, if you read previous stories about this situation, people have not had a vet and the horse has been fine.. omg.. no way :p

And natisha, no the vet did not draw blood
Seriously. I don't think I'm better than you. Stop using that as your argument, it's really immature.

You got advice! And then Speed Racer told you that your attitude of "free horses" was really wrong and I agreed with her. We didn't say "wow the OP is so dumb and she needs to give up her horse cause she didn't call the vet" NO WE DID NOT. Cool it, and I wrote that in caps so you don't miss it :)

You said "we" so I meant "you" as in "we" if that confuses you.. You (klaatu) said "we pulled it out" and when I said "you" I meant you and your family or whoever took the nail out. A collective YOU, not a klaatu you.

We aren't criticizing your method. You didn't know, and you made a mistake. That's LIFE, we all make mistakes.
     
    06-17-2012, 08:57 AM
  #19
Foal
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Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel    
You DO realize that vets allow you to pay in installments not all at once on the day it happens, if you TALK to them. They know the economy sucks and horses are expensive.

I stand by Speed Racer. She has a sensible answer. Would you find it acceptable if someone couldn't afford feed and their horses were starving out in the field? Not likely!
Thing is, Speed Racer didn't answer anything, as far as I can see, both you and her are just criticizing Klaatu, you haven't provided any constructive answers for her at all. All you have done is put down her actions. Also, what's done is done, you think that sitting there and telling her what she has done wrong is going to help now? I hardly think so.
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    06-17-2012, 08:57 AM
  #20
Foal
Ahh sky lady you arent seeming to understand that I have no say in this... also.. I was just out at 11pm because I heard a 'noise' in the horses paddock and went to check if they were ok. So I think im responsible enough.
Sooo, you are saying, you want a 17 year old, who could be ill, or have a ill family member, or maybe even lost her best friend, to sell her stuff to help a horse who was basically dead when we got her.
     

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