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post #1 of 11 Old 07-11-2012, 11:50 PM Thread Starter
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old man going downhill

So our oldest horse odyesse has gone downhill extremely fast the last week or so and today lookimg at him he looks so weal fragile and skinny. Poor old guys lungs seemed swollen so our bo gave him penicilan(sp?) And said we will be calling the vet out. He has practically stopped eating and just in general looks unhealthy and at aroumd 30-30+ we are all extremely attached to this comical old man :(. Hoping the vet can help us.

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post #2 of 11 Old 07-12-2012, 12:22 AM
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I'm so sorry to hear that! My old boy has just gone through a terrible battle with pneumonia, but the good news is that he is doing FANTASTIC now!!! My thread about him and his battle is called "pneumonia, heaves or heart failure" and it details his lung and heart illness. Check it out.

If I had it to do over again, I would have pursued more thorough diagnostics right from the beginning. Instead we took a more conservative approach because my vet at that time was just so certain that my boy had heaves. Nope. He doesn't. He had pneumonia, and that pneumonia almost did his heart in. Khaiyaann almost died.

But the cost of very thorough diagnostics right from the beginning would have ended up saving me money in the long run and saving my boy a lot of days being sick. That's just something to consider if you want to try to treat your horse's illness. If my boy gets sick again I plan to swiftly and definitively diagnose his illness first before anything else.

I hope your boy gets better real soon, and please keep us updated!
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post #3 of 11 Old 07-12-2012, 12:42 AM Thread Starter
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We all hope for the best also but I don't have any say in what vet care she persues hopefully it's turn out a happy ending but we have our doubts he will make it through another winter last year was rough on him and it was a mild one.

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post #4 of 11 Old 07-12-2012, 01:43 AM
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We all hope for the best also but I don't have any say in what vet care she persues hopefully it's turn out a happy ending but we have our doubts he will make it through another winter last year was rough on him and it was a mild one.
I'm sorry, but I strongly disagree with the idea that you don't have any say in what kind of diagnostics and treatment your vet chooses. It's very important to get involved, discuss things with your vet, research options, and participate! As long as this is your horse, you have every right to determine what type of diagnostics are done and how treatment is pursued, if any.
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post #5 of 11 Old 07-12-2012, 07:21 AM
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BA, it may be that he's reaching the end of his road. At 30+/- years old, he's had a good, long life.

If he looks tired and worn out, there may be nothing you can do for him except give him release from his failing body. When life becomes a misery, letting them go is the last gift we can give them.

I'd hate to see your family bankrupt themselves, and try to keep an old horse alive who is ready to move on.

Me, BA is a young person, so has no say in how the adults spend their money, or on the kind of care they're willing to give this old horse. So when she says she has no say in what ultimately happens, it's the truth.
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BA, it may be that he's reaching the end of his road. At 30+/- years old, he's had a good, long life.

If he looks tired and worn out, there may be nothing you can do for him except give him release from his failing body. When life becomes a misery, letting them go is the last gift we can give them.

I'd hate to see your family bankrupt themselves, and try to keep an old horse alive who is ready to move on.

Me, BA is a young person, so has no say in how the adults spend their money, or on the kind of care they're willing to give this old horse. So when she says she has no say in what ultimately happens, it's the truth.
Oh, I'm so sorry. I didn't know he was young. :( And I really hope for the best. 30+ is old for a horse, and it's a respectable long life.
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What's a BO? I've seen numerous posts referencing it but I'm not familiar with it. I'm assuming it's some kind of barn or stable manager?
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post #8 of 11 Old 07-12-2012, 02:03 PM Thread Starter
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My barn owner lol he isnt my families horse just a horse at my barn that I have known for the last 7 or so years. I agree he has been pampered by many little kids taught my 4 friends and I how to ride and many others. I really don't have a say as he is in no way my horse or I would be having them do whatever possible but it is the truth that it may just be his time.

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post #9 of 11 Old 07-14-2012, 02:46 AM
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So...... How's the old man?
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post #10 of 11 Old 07-14-2012, 02:55 AM
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