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post #1 of 11 Old 05-31-2010, 01:39 PM Thread Starter
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Poor old mare

I guess I just need some words of encouragement.....

My 23 year old Clyde x TB mare is not doing well. Apparently she may have had a bout of Colic Wednesday night, and it was not caught until Thursday morning. She was laying on the ground and groaning and groaning so loud, the whole farm could hear it....well, she has arthritis in her hind end, and she probably tried to get up all night. but because she is so large, she could not. In trying to get up, she has injured her front right foot (nothing visible yet, but the vet says for sure something is going on, since she is totally lame as well.)
She is very sore, but still eating well and is bright and seems happy to see me. At what point does anyone think I need to consider my options? The vet told us she may need the summer off and may never be rideable or even comfortable again, and she said the E word and I almost died.......We have her starting on Bute today, but no gaurantees.
Am I being totally selfish is wanting to keep this mare around? How long do large breeds even live for? I am at a loss, I love her dearly but want what's best for her.....please, any comments and suggestions are helpful and needed......
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post #2 of 11 Old 05-31-2010, 02:01 PM
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She'll let you know when she's ready to go. You just have to watch and listen to her. If she starts giving you signs be ready to call the vet.

You have to think about her and not you - which is hard because we get so attached to them, they're like family.

And I live by it's always better if it's a week too early rather than a minute too late when it comes to our animals. If you wait til things get REALLY bad and she's in alot of pain and the vet comes out on emergency, the guilt you will have will be terrible...

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I'd say just give her a chance. If she's eating well, has bright eyes and happy to see you it means she's not ready to give up. And often several problems come together unfortunately, and you just have to deal with it even though it's very frustrating and sometime even seems hopeless. But then they just pull through.

From what I know it's very obvious when horse is loosing the fight and it's time to let it go. Best of luck with your horse!
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post #4 of 11 Old 05-31-2010, 02:08 PM
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From what I hear it might be best to let her go..
Talk to the vet.. Can she still enjoy her old days without too much pain?
Will she have to live of medications?

I hope you can keep her but just brace yourself for the worst..
Good luck!
I wish you lots of strength in this hard and difficult time!
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You have to think about her and not you - which is hard because we get so attached to them, they're like family.

I agree totally! I just touched base with the vet, she told me to keep poulticing her sore foot and hopefully the bute will make her feel better. She's already on gloucosmaine (sp) for life, so I am hoping this won't be a permanent thing. The vet and I are keeping a very close eye on her adn she will be re-asessed at the end of the week. She also did her teeth with she thinks will help, so I am crossing my fingers and hoping for her.

It's just so hard to see her so sore and in so much discomfort.
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post #6 of 11 Old 05-31-2010, 02:13 PM Thread Starter
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I don't think she's ready...she loves to eat lol! The vet switched her to a bran diet and she seems to be eating well...the issue is, she's such a trooper, it's hard to tell when she really is in pain, because she'll do anything for you!
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post #7 of 11 Old 05-31-2010, 02:55 PM
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Don't make a quick decision. If the pain is manageable and she's not suffering terribly then I'd give her a few weeks, even months to decide. My older walking horse had a couple days where I thought he was finished but he came back to me and I got several more years out of him (the last couple he was not rideable but he was comfortable and happy)....

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post #8 of 11 Old 05-31-2010, 03:41 PM
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Broken Wings - 23 - that's a good age for a horse.

This is when you repay the companionship your horse has given you over the years. My Father once said that if I had not known the love of the horse over the years then I would not be feeling the pain so badly.

Noone can judge her pain or discomfort better than you. The vet will give you advice but at the end of the day unless the horse is in serious agony which cannot be alleviated by pain killers, the decision will come back for you to make. And you must make that decision in the horse's interest - not so much for your own.

It is one simple injection, she will slide to the floor and the horse will be free from pain.

A horses dies in the minds of those who knew and loved it. The horse is just not there any more.

BW, we can't make the decision for you. All we can do is to offer some comfort over the internet. If it is of any help to you, my lip has just puckered, my eyes have filled and for a moment of two I can't speak.

Don't prolong the Girl's pain for over long unless you are confident she can get better and pain free. The experience will hurt you as much as it will her.
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post #9 of 11 Old 05-31-2010, 05:39 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone.....I think I will heed the advice and give her a chance to feel better. The bute will kick in soon (I hope) and I will be watching her closely in the next little while.
I guess all I can do is be by her side and repay her goodness. We rescued her from a horrific situation, and I am proud to say the last 2 years with us she has been fat, healthy and happy. I hope I can give her many, many more.
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post #10 of 11 Old 05-31-2010, 10:47 PM
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With good care, there is no reason a horse can't live into their late 30's. I don't think 23 is very old myself.

If the vet thinks there is a chance she'll make a recovery, then by all means try!

Spent a whole hour today laying in a pasture, waiting for a sparkling vampire to show up. Alas, I woke up and looked over, only to find a mound of horse crap. Sigh.
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