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post #21 of 32 Old 12-17-2009, 12:40 PM
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This filly was owned by a client of mine. She was a race horse and was 4 years old when things started to happen. She was at the track and we brought her back to my barn. Kept her there for around 9 months and the owner decided to put her down.

Not my choice but I could understand it from the business side of things. I also agreed from the humane side of things also. She was a fighter and a trooper for sure.

She has a special place in my heart.
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post #22 of 32 Old 12-18-2009, 11:06 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the information. Wasn't what I wanted to hear but I'm finding that is why most are put down, they try for about a year and then give up. It's such a sad situation. A few can make it to the other side (remission) but what I know if, even if I get her there, I'll always be waiting for the "next time" it comes around.

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post #23 of 32 Old 12-18-2009, 12:34 PM
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wish I could have had something more positive to tell you.

Keep whats best for her at the top. She will let you know.
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post #24 of 32 Old 12-20-2009, 08:42 PM Thread Starter
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I thought I'd better give an update on Sierra.

Today, Sierra is actually doing better but does appear to be getting aggressive to the other horses. I believe that is a side effect of these meds. We'll see.

The sores are slowly healing, the skin has stopped sloughing off and hair has grown in on most of the places where the skin came off.

My big concern is she is on two powerful (and expensive) drugs and she cannot stay on them. My husband and I have decided if we can't get her off these meds or if the homeopathic doctor (who we are trying next) doesn't help and we have to take weeks to get her stable again, we will euthanize her. It's been a hard decision but we don't feel we can put her through this time and time again. But all that said, I'm still not giving up just yet. We just want her to have quality to her life if we can give her that. And not with lots of medications. Sooner or later, the medications will do damage to kidneys/liver and give her laminitis.

Who knows, we might be over the hump and don't know it yet. She does have a twinkle in her eye and she is running/bucking around with the herd like life is grand.

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post #25 of 32 Old 12-29-2009, 12:53 PM Thread Starter
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Just an FYI on Sierra, she appears to be going backwards WHILE on all the meds. The oozing sores are re-appearing. Not looking good.
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post #26 of 32 Old 12-29-2009, 01:03 PM
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I'm very sorry. I will keep your horse in my prayers.
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post #27 of 32 Old 12-29-2009, 09:14 PM
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Lethak, I am so sorry to hear this. I was just thinking about you both a few days ago. I'm keeping you both in my thoughts and prayers.
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post #28 of 32 Old 12-30-2009, 12:17 PM
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Thinking about you and your mare.
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post #29 of 32 Old 01-04-2010, 03:49 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you for the thoughts and prayers. I am going to try some unconventional options as steroids didn't do it. Guess she has a pretty bad case. I should know in a month if this other option will work. I will update the site on the progress.
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post #30 of 32 Old 01-04-2010, 05:00 PM
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Hi there...
I am so sorry about Sierra! I felt the tears coming while I was reading. My thoughts and prayers go out to you all.
Sending out the good vibes.
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