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post #21 of 50 Old 11-14-2011, 02:08 PM
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I have witnessed horses dieing from what seemed really mild colic but when they eventally took her to the vets it was to late and her intestene had burst
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post #22 of 50 Old 11-14-2011, 02:33 PM
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The guy just keeps downplaying everything I say when I call... He doesn't think its as serious as I do. What am I supposed to do here? I have called all the area vets and he is the only one that bothered to call me back. He is the ER vet, and he makes house calls, but for some reason doesn't want to come back again.
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While he shouldn't be down playing, professionally he will not try to shake you up. Vet do show emotion and concern but they do have a job to do.

What have her vitals been? Heart rate, respiration, CRT, MM, how is her hydration level?
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post #23 of 50 Old 11-14-2011, 09:46 PM
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How is she doing, sarah?

Please keep us updated. Our thoughts and prayers are with you both!
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Sad news. We made it in for surgery, and it was looking up... But we found out about a heart murmur that we (for some reason that I don't understand) didn't know about previously. She didn't make it through surgery. Long, sad day on the farm. 8 years is far too young. She was just a baby. My Rainy bug.

I keep telling myself that some little girl somewhere died and asked God for a horse. He knew just the perfect horse to give her.

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post #25 of 50 Old 11-14-2011, 10:36 PM
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I am so sorry to hear your girl didn't not make it. You gave it a good try though and I'm sure she had a very good life, as short as it was. My thoughts are with you......

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post #26 of 50 Old 11-14-2011, 10:44 PM
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So sorry to hear such sad news. Really sounds like you did all you could. My prayers are w/you.
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post #27 of 50 Old 11-14-2011, 11:11 PM Thread Starter
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The vet said she had no poop in her, which meant there was a blockage, and only surgery would give her a fighting chance... Then he said she had a heart murmur which lowered her chances of making it through the surgery. But there was zero chance she'd make it without surgery, so we took the chance. Prolonged the inevitable this time.

The neighbor came over with his back hoe, and dug her a nice hole in her favorite paddock with the most grass. There she will rest, able to always eat grass without ever having a belly ache again.

And just as a side note- we'd started mixing crimped corn with her food to "help put on weight" for winter. The vet said that it was most likely the corn that caused the blockage. So don't feed your horses corn. (She was also prone to colic, this was her 5th battle with it.)

I am kicking myself for giving her the corn. What was I thinking? I killed my horse.
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post #28 of 50 Old 11-15-2011, 02:08 AM
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I am so very sorry for your loss...
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post #29 of 50 Old 11-15-2011, 08:47 AM
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Honey - please don't blame yourself. You did the best you knew to do for your girl.

We had two horses that we "killed with kindness." We were trying to put weight on them, and were feeding them alfalfa pellets. The more weight they would lose, the more pellets we would add - along with beet pulp and oats. The mare passed away New Year's Eve of 2009. She'd been eating like crazy, but losing weight. The vet said she had elevated liver enzymes, and we were feeding per his recommendations, but eventually we lost that battle.

We had her colt on the same feed regimen, and he kept losing weight and just was not growing. At three years old, he was quite a bit smaller than his yearling sister, even though they were out of the same sire and their dams were close to the same size. Vet said he had elevated liver enzymes, but still recommended the feed program we were using, with some added fats.

Got a new vet, who advised that the alfalfa was most likely what was causing the liver problems - along with some sort of metabolic disorder. He recommended no alfalfa whatsoever - no pellets, and no feeds containing alfalfa. Colt got a little better - gained a little weight...then couldn't get up the other day.

Vet came out and tried for nearly an hour to get the colt to his feet. Then the vet noticed odd tremors in various muscles...it was HYPP, and some sort of hereditary liver disorder. Little guy never stood much of a chance, but he'd have had at least some sort of chance if we hadn't been giving him so much alfalfa.

We blame ourselves for killing not one...but TWO horses.

We don't feed alfalfa any more. Not that we shy away from feeds that might contain it, but it's no longer a mainstay of our horse's diet.

The shame is not in having a horse die - the shame is in repeating the mistakes and causing the death of another horse. That's what we have to live with, and it's not a mistake we will repeat...

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post #30 of 50 Old 11-15-2011, 09:26 AM
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Oh my gosh....

Dee and sarahann: You guys are making me cry.

The shame is not in having a horse die - the shame is in repeating the mistakes and causing the death of another horse
No, Dee and Sarah...you have done nothing to be ashamed of!

the real shame is NOT TO CARE! When we do the best we can for our horses, and even if what we thought was helping them, ends up hurting them, there is no shame in that. We don't feed our horses corn because they are sooo fat already, but if i were having a hard time keeping weight on them, I might have considered it. I didn't know the risks of it. As for alfalfa, we DO feed it to our OTTB....only a pound of shredded alfalfa cubes a day, but still....I didn't know it could cause liver issues in some horses.

Those who should feel shame are those who intentionally hurt their horses, and standing right alongside those shamefull people are those who just don't care about their horses and leave them to die of starvation and neglect. THAT is where the real shame lies!!!

you both are exemplary horse moms! I wish all horses had someone to love and care for them as you two have done to yours!
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