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    06-17-2009, 09:34 PM
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.
I just want you to know I respect your decision to adopt this rescue horse so very much. You made that horse very happy for this past year and be proud of that. It is a shame you are being judged when you were following the advice of your vet which is what most would do. You do not need to explain yourself to anyone. You did your best in a bad circumstance. You have nothing to apologize for nor try to defend. There will always be differing opinions no matter what course you take.

Remember your good times with your friend and know that others feel for you in your sorrow.
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    06-17-2009, 10:27 PM
Can I duplicate what Farmpony said? So sorry for your loss. You have done the horse a greatness in giving it a loving life for the last year. He crossed the rainbow bridge with friends.
    06-18-2009, 12:49 AM
That's terrible, I'm so sorry... ='[

I experienced this once... there was a guy who would let me and a friend ride her horses, and we went out to ride to find an older mare, Copper, laying down. And she wouldn't get up. We got the owner, and we tried for hours to get her up. She could get up but she couldn't support herself, and would fall back down. While she was up, we tried to get her to walk closer to the barn, and she was limping one of her front legs something fierce. When the vet got there, he said she had paralyzed her front leg, and it was possible to keep her in a stall and that she could recover almost fully, but the decision was made to put her down. She had a good long life, and she spent her last hours getting all the attention she could get.

And what caused her paralysis? Our theory is another horse had bitten her along the neck and got a nerve. She had all sorts of scrapes along her crest. On the other hand, the other horse could have been trying to "pull" her up.

It's terrible when things like this happen, and everyone always thinks, "I could have done this..." when you couldn't have. You did what you could, and your horse knew that. He'll be waiting for you on the other side, no doubt about it.
    06-18-2009, 10:54 AM
I am so sorry for your loss. As someone else already stated you gave this horse a great life by rescueing(sp) ! I am sure that you did your best to stand by the horse.
I am so sorry for your loss...
My heart goes out to you and your family....
    06-23-2009, 08:40 PM
Yesterday, my 25 year old gelding went down before feeding and wouldn't get up to eat. I called the vet, we put a halter on him and three of us pulled on him and pushed on him. He acted like he was dying, moaning and groaning, mouth open. He eventually got up, shook off and within a few minutes, I was walking him around and he wanted to eat everything in sight. The vet ruled out colic, found he was very dehydrated, hooked him up to an IV for fluids, examined him and came up with no explanation but said to keep a close eye on him. Very strange. I had ridden him earlier in the day, then bathed him and gave him his Senior equine. He had behaved very normally during the day, then went down in the early evening. I had seen him drink from the trough after eating his grain. He has always been healthy. (Today he seems fine.)
    06-23-2009, 08:58 PM
Sorry for your loss. I can only imagine how hard it is.When you learn to deal with the loss of your horse(I'm sure it's going to be hard to get over it) there will be others out there for you

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