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post #11 of 21 Old 09-07-2009, 09:42 AM
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Hello again Eventerdrew!
I am not sure what day your vet will be coming but I will say a little prayer about your beloved horsey! I know when Tiny first got here this summer I didn't know what was going on and it was difficult on us both. I knew when he was hurting and when he was better. When they hurt or you know there is an issue it just sticks in your head and it is very hard to get it out...a bazillion what "if"s bumbling around!
Anyhow keep us posted!
Thanks for the compliment about Tiny, he is a special horse to me and to our family!
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post #12 of 21 Old 09-11-2009, 08:06 PM
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I was just researching vitamin E deficiency due to some vague symptoms my horse has been presenting. I would highly recommend you google vitamin E. It seems to play a big part in a lot of these types of illnesses. If your horse gets little to no pasture, your answer might be more simple than you think.
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post #13 of 21 Old 09-11-2009, 09:59 PM Thread Starter
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She is out on great pasture 24/7. So I'm not sure that's the issue

She will be seeing the vet as soon as her bout of scratches heals up. He wants to make sure that's not the issue first.

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post #14 of 21 Old 09-11-2009, 10:02 PM
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It was worth a shot. Seems vitamin E deficiency shows up as a bunch of different ailments. Good luck just the same.
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post #15 of 21 Old 09-12-2009, 12:37 AM
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I have learned with vets, it's best to have them out, listen to them and then make your own decisions regarding the care/treatment of your horse.

I personally know two vets in our area that we refer to as "doctor doom and gloom". They always spout off the worst case scenario, especially if you are on the phone with them. When in actuality, things aren't nearly as bad and treatments are available and life goes on.

Hang in there!!
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I personally know two vets in our area that we refer to as "doctor doom and gloom". They always spout off the worst case scenario, especially if you are on the phone with them.
ugh this is why I get more than one opinion. The vet I trust the most with injecting my horses joints, etc. is the one I hate to go to with serious problems. My broodmare at home tore her XYZ ligament, he said destroy her- she will never walk again, another vet said let her stand and it will calcify. Guess what? She rides, walks, etc. no problems.

Recently one of my horses broke a sesamoid. (you may have seen that thread where I was trying to find a home for him) this vet said he would never race again, get rid of him ASAP. Another vet told me he could do the surgery (gave us a good price) and he couldnt be 100% sure, but he should be fine. Well guess what? Surgery is over, he has not taken a lame step since surgery, everything looks great, and he's so happy. We don't know if he will race again yet, but its looking great. The vet thinks at the point he will be 110% better than he was before the surgery.

So it always counts to get a second (and sometimes a 3rd) opinion
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post #17 of 21 Old 09-12-2009, 09:00 AM
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I personally know two vets in our area that we refer to as "doctor doom and gloom". They always spout off the worst case scenario, especially if you are on the phone with them..
Haha, a vet I know gets called 'Doctor Death'. He has a bad rep of diagnosing horses with life threatening illnesses, he then goes on to say he'll take the horse away for no charge, and put him down at home then dispose of the body. Supposedly he actually fixes whatever small injury the horse had then re-sells them.

Not saying your vet is anything like that, I wouldn't know.

I wish you all the best. :)

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post #18 of 21 Old 09-12-2009, 10:07 AM
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Hey Drew,
I hope that Uma is feeling better and the scratches are healing so the vet can make an assessment of her.
Hopefully your hanging in there!!!
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My vet is usually "Mr. Happy Sunshine" and tries to put a good spin on things. Though I have thought of him as "Dr. Doom" sometimes because of the ailments he has been forced to diagnose with other horses at my barn.

If it is something serious, I will get another opinion. He actually recommends that for serious problems

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post #20 of 21 Old 09-13-2009, 09:34 AM
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Hey EventerDrew!
How is Uma coming along??
I hope the scratches are healing well.
Hope your hanging in there!
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