I have a very sweet 7y/o TB gelding. Sweet as pie and I've had him for around half a year or so. Broke to ride, got him as only partially sound in the hind in, seemed to be short strided we though to an injury even though past owner said she thought it was arthritis.
Anyways, he's always been fine unless my other horse picks on him at night. This last fridayI went down to the pasture in the AM to feed and he was standing off in the back corner of the pasture. That's not like him, he's always waiting at the gate. He was bobbing his head up and down non stop, wouldnt eat, and was shaking. Definitely something wrong. He wouldnt walk more then maybe 2-3 steps at a time and stop and bob his head.
I went home and tried calling the vets and I couldnt get someone out there so went back to check on him. He had laid down in the muddiest part of the pasture on both sides. He had mud in his eyes, ears, etc. Not good. I'm thinking colic of course. I called the vets all over again and finally found a differant one that dropped all his appts to come out and see him. He had thought it would be colic too.
He came out and checked his gums, all white without a HINT of pink, and checked his heart...His heart had one beat...
With a normal heart beat it goes bump, bump. He only had the first one. I was told only 1 valve was pumping blood and that my horse shouldnt even be alive. He had normal stomach movements and was going to the bathroom, when he peed though he stretched all out weird with his back legs on his tippy toes. He wasnt dehydrated and was drinking alot of water. The vet had no clue what happened and couldnt believe the horse was still standing in front of us.
He could only walk a couple of steps because his heart couldnt handle any more then that, and the head bobbing he said may be because his ears were numb from being cold and was trying to get feeling back. His legs were ice cold and he had NO body heat at all.
I threw 2 blankets on him which held the little bit of his bidy heat in and rubbed him and checked on him every 2 hours as he was getting worse and I expected every time I went out there to find him not standing. AWEFUL experience.
The next morning I come out and he's warm and happy again! He's eating and following me around again. The day after, he was acting totally normal again, stealing the other horses hay from under the stall wall and trotting after me to try and get the hay faster.
The next day I noticed that the bottom of his back legs around the ankles are very swollen. Im thinking from the loss of blood for the day and it coming back? I hosed them off and ran cold water on them and it didnt get worse, now theyre close to normal.
Now the weird thing is on both his stomach and his side are weird lumps...I'm not sure how to describe them. Ones about my arm length long and about 4" wide straight down his stomach from maybe his rib cage to lower stomach. Maybe an inch thick. The other one is on one side about half way up. Its smaller in diameter but sticks out maybe 2" in the center. I don't know what this is?? The vet doesn't know and I can't afford the hospital for him. I had thought maybe this all happened from something like eating something bad, or something like a nail and having internal bleeding, but if it was that, wouldnt he be slowing down instead of speeding up? He's eating like a monster, more then ever, and actually seems to be gaining weight which is good because he's been a hard keeper even on pasture. Yes at only 7. Vet thought his teeth were fine. Anyways, enough of my novel. Any advise? Im thrilled he's alive and kicking and comfortable, but I wish I knew what was going on! I still think one of these days Im going to find him sick again or worse. Thanks!