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post #21 of 56 Old 06-17-2009, 10:16 AM
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I hope that you have been able to get a vet out by now. Sending tonnes of prayers for your horse!

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post #22 of 56 Old 06-17-2009, 10:39 AM Thread Starter
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Sorry to post Atilla passed away last night. The vet said there wasn't anything that could have been done that wasn't. Like I said this is our first horse. We took him in as a rescue and he was very thin. We have had him for over a year and he had come around a great deal and was a big healthy horse before now. He had thinned some over the winter but nothing drastic. We got him vaccinated including west nile. I'm really at a loss. Thanks for all your prayers and thoughts. The vet stated the same if he was able to get up he would have. They were going to lift him with a wrecker sling this morning but he passed before they could. The vet said it wouldn't had made a difference that he was up.
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post #23 of 56 Old 06-17-2009, 10:50 AM
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I am so sorry for you and your horse, that is very sad. I will pray for you and your family!
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post #24 of 56 Old 06-17-2009, 10:54 AM
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Originally Posted by Spastic_Dove View Post
You need to get someone out ASAP. You said he is trying to get up but can't. Spooking him and dragging him out isn't going to work. You need to find out why he isnt getting up.

Come on people. Do you seriously think spooking a down horse is a good idea? What if he had a broken leg? Or had pinched nerve in his spine?

OP - I'm sorry for your loss.
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post #25 of 56 Old 06-17-2009, 10:56 AM
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Oh, I'm really sorry - that is so sad. I'll be thinking about you.
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post #26 of 56 Old 06-17-2009, 11:01 AM
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I'm very sorry for your loss. I started to post a response last night but thought at that point it would have been to late. I agree with mls regarding spooking a down horse. I would have suggested stacking haybales along the horses back to help keep him in an upright position. Then I would have suggested a backhoe w/ two tow straps to get him up. I used that technique with my old black horse and was lucky enough to have it work. I'm only posting suggestions now in case someone happens along that is having the same issue, maybe they can learn from your loss.

One thing you should know is that if you took this horse in as a rescue and brought it back to health and gave it love and care over the last year, then you did that horse the biggest favor and it died knowing it was loved. That is what matters.

Sometimes with rescues, you don't know what damage is on the inside from abuse and neglect. I'm thankful for people like you who take in animals in need. I'm sorry for your loss.

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post #27 of 56 Old 06-17-2009, 11:07 AM
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I am really sorry for your loss. Will be praying for you and your family.

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post #28 of 56 Old 06-17-2009, 11:08 AM
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Sorry you lost your boy. You did everything you could. Sometimes everything just isn't enough when its their time. Bless you for rescuing him. I'm sure he lived longer than he would have if you hadn't.

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post #29 of 56 Old 06-17-2009, 11:27 AM
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I am very sorry for your loss.

Please let this be a warning to anyone - if a horse is down and won't or cannot get up, call the vet immediately, and don't stop with treatment until you have answers. A horse that is down that long doesn't have a big chance of survival.

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post #30 of 56 Old 06-17-2009, 11:35 AM
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Originally Posted by farmpony84 View Post
One thing you should know is that if you took this horse in as a rescue and brought it back to health and gave it love and care over the last year, then you did that horse the biggest favor and it died knowing it was loved. That is what matters.
You've said it all, Farmpony.

So sorry for your loss, JWainscott1 .

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