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post #1 of 41 Old 02-18-2014, 11:08 PM Thread Starter
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Jingles for Cabari! *graphic pictures*

So for a little background, Cabari is my 27 year old Arabian gelding that I have had since I was 6. I rode him almost everyday until up about 2 years ago when he was just getting too old to keep up with me.
He was tough! He jumped, and ran barrels, and did whatever I wanted until the ripe old age of 25.
Anyways out of no where this random giant abcess came up, and exploded under his chin. My BO had no idea there was anything wrong with him, because it happened so fast. Oh and my family gave him to her a couple years ago to be a lesson horse, but he is still mine at heart)
The vet is not sure what has caused it, but is hopeful it heals up okay. It left a gaping hole 3 inches deep and an infection started in his lymphnodes and has spread throughout his entire body.
I will post updates as they come.
My entire family is heartbroken.


I love my little Arab so much. I just want him to get better.
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post #2 of 41 Old 02-18-2014, 11:20 PM
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I hope he's feeling better soon!
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post #3 of 41 Old 02-18-2014, 11:29 PM
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I do too! He had pigeon fever over this past summer that affected him terribly. So I was wondering if it could have still been in his system all this time and caused more infection? Not sure if that's possible.
All I know is he's aged so much in the past 6 months. And I just don't know if his body can take much more
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post #5 of 41 Old 02-18-2014, 11:56 PM
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Been there done that, with a not so happy outcome in a very similar situation. Do be proactive with this!! And hope for the best plan for the worst.

Arabs are tough little things, will be praying for him. Please keep us posted.

Honestly I had this whole thing written out about how similar my situation was but couldn't post it since I don't want to stress you out further. Just do what you can and cross your fingers.

The best to both of you!
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post #6 of 41 Old 02-18-2014, 11:57 PM
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Oh, and I would mention to the vet researching further, it does sound a little strange.
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post #7 of 41 Old 02-18-2014, 11:59 PM
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My suggestion is when he is feeling better to take him for walks/rides/pony him. My bfs 28 year old tb looks like a 10 year old because my bf works him, and hard (he knows his horse will work until he drops dead, so he knows when to quit, but he will run that horse up a mountain and boy, that old horse has power). I think he will be ok, if he is anything like my older arab he is tough and to stubborn to give up that easily :). Also same tb had an abscess like that, don't know what it was from but they lanced it and cleaned it, gave him antibiotics and he was fine. He could have a bad tooth that got infected.
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Thanks guys, and no bad tooth. Vet checked that. At this point we are not sure what caused it, I'm very worried because I know how many bad things could come of this. The vet will be back out on Friday to check on his progress. I've been instructed to rinse twice daily with Betadine
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post #9 of 41 Old 02-19-2014, 01:33 AM
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What about doing IV antibiotics. Something to get rid of that infection more quickly?
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post #10 of 41 Old 02-19-2014, 01:49 AM Thread Starter
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The vet have him some antibiotics today.
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