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    06-17-2009, 05:16 PM
Well, I guess I did not look far enough, so sorry for your loss.
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    06-17-2009, 05:34 PM
Originally Posted by Solon    
What did the vet say happened exactly?

I'm a sorry for your loss. I'd recommend getting better educated about horses before getting another one. If that seems harsh then I am sorry for that too.

You said this horse went down on Sunday. You came to this board on Tuesday. The vet should have been there the second that horse could not get up not trying to call two days later. If I am misunderstanding and he was there on Sunday, you should have called him again when the horse went down.

If the horse was showing signs of weakness and illness it should never have been in the muddy area where it would have risked falling in the first place.

Find a local horse facility and volunteer there to get more experience with horses. They are certainly the best thing a person have but you have to really understand what it means to take care of them.
Well said.
    06-17-2009, 05:35 PM
Thanks for all your concern. I did what I was instructed by two different vets. One I know for a fact does everything he can for animals. The man does farm calls in the morning and works all afternoon and evening at the clinic. All he does is work on animals and sleep. The second vet agreed with his decision to give him medicine. He was not in the mud he was out in grass. Around him became muddy with the rain and him moving around and us trampling around. Please do not think I left him out in the mud. Actually he was moving around the area just not getting up. He would eat around him and then move to another area to eat. Vet said it was not collic or he would not still be eating or drinking. The meds should have taken care of collic or a hurt leg either way. I also kept any sore that were made during the process sprayed with horse heal and kept him covered in fly spray. I feel terrible and wish I could have gotten him up. There was three of us pushing, pulling, flipping him to the other side, whatever we could think of. I can only assume it was his time to go. Even talking to the vet last night again he said there wasn't anything he could do I hadn't.
    06-17-2009, 05:39 PM
Green Broke
Actually some horses will eat even when they are colicking - that whole thing is just a nightmare. The often need tubed and banamine is often just not enough to pull them through. Hindsight is 20/20. It's hard to make an observation being on the internet and all, but I still have serious concerns about the vets you were working with.

It likely was his time to go. It's too bad your first horse experience went this way. Good luck down the road.
    06-17-2009, 05:41 PM
OH my gosh!! I'm so sorry to hear about your horse. Is he still down? You poor thing. Your first horse? Are you ok?
    06-17-2009, 05:43 PM
Thanks and now I know there is a forum I can go to if and when I get another horse and have and questions or concerns.
    06-17-2009, 05:44 PM
Oh no. I'm so sorry. I didn't read far enough either. I'm very sorry about your loss. But don't let this discourage you. There is another horse out there just waiting for you! Good luck to you.
    06-17-2009, 05:45 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by JWainscott1    
Thanks and now I know there is a forum I can go to if and when I get another horse and have and questions or concerns.
You will learn SO much from this place. There are a lot of great topics here on every single thing you could ever want to know about horses.

I learn something new everyday!
    06-17-2009, 08:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Solon    
That's interesting, my vet came right over when I couldn't get my boy up. It turned out he was colicking and it took several of us to get him up.

Either way, it's a very sad ending.
It is a sad ending. Mine wasnt colicking when he went down. He's done it twice now. He's old. When he go's down they give him banamine (not for colic) and they give him adrenaline. We also give him alfalfa and water while he's down. Once I didn't think he was going to get up, it took half the day and into the night. The second time only took a few hours.....

To the OP: Welcome to the forum. I wish it was under better circumstances.
    06-17-2009, 08:59 PM
OP: I think you did the best you could and I am glad you adopted an unwanted animal. How many people here can say that. Don't let this discourage you from getting another horse. Maybe others don't agree, but I say if you have the heart and the love to care for a horse then go get one. I would recommend that you get it vet checked or speak with the vet before you purchase the next one, but that doesn't mean that this won't happen again. Everyone here has made the wrong decision or a mistake before and looked back and said, what if I would have... You did the best you could.

I am sorry for your loss and I thank you for the love you gave to a rescue horse.

Best wishes.

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