09-17-2013, 02:26 AM
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Oops sorry everyone! I forgot about this thread. He pulled through and is doing great. Found out form another woman at the barn who splits his feed costs with me that he is in fact 33!
It ended up being a gas colic. The vets tubed him and gave him some banamine. He is fine.
Honestly, he is not in the best shape but since he is not mine there is nothing I can do. I hate thinking about him having to go through another winter. His owners live out of state and do not see him anymore. They told me I could feed him if I wanted (when I approached them in an email about feeding him) but they wouldnt reimburse me because he was fine on just grass. That was fine. I wasnt expecting to be reimbursed anyways. My farrier trims his feet for me for free and my vet gave me half off his teeth floating and shots last year. I split the remianing half with the woman who splits his feed costs with me.
I feel so awful for this old man. I feel his family owes him the dignity of a peaceful death before winter comes along. I have been doing what I can trying to reach them but they are adamant he is in fine shape. I would place him at maybe a 2 or a 3 on the body score chart right now. And that is AFTER a significant weight gain this last year.
My heart breaks for him and for those horses in similar situations.