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        10-14-2012, 08:03 PM
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    Yearling
    Retirement or Keep Going?

    Some have read about my mare Spice having really bad allergic reactions to something (turns out it was something in the hay), she had two reactions where she almost completely stopped breathing on me. The hard part it has left some side effects that we can't pin point to one thing without costing me a arm and a leg, and putting Spice through a lot of stress of a 7 to 8 trailer ride one way. It just isn't in the stars.

    She hasn't so much as coughed since I changed her hay. But has not gained her energy back to the full extent.

    The local vet's think it could be a heart issue, and since starting to exercise by hand walking, it is looking more and more like she does. She has a jugular pulse, edema that doesn't seem to fully go away, including in her chest and belly, and she gets fatigued very easily after 10 minutes of walking.

    Vet thinks she could live a long life, if I keep her in a low stress situation, so her heart doesn't have to work to hard. She may even handle very light, again stress less work (think plodding around her pasture). But she also said it was my call on if I continue light exercise, it just may be getting the allergens out (she has only been on this new hay exclusively for a short while), and might perk up more with exercise. Or if I want to or not put her on something clear up the edema.

    If it is her heart, she'll be a pasture pet, period, I have the money to keep her. But I don't know if I should keep going or retire her, she's only 13. I am getting her a natural breathing supplement, other people around here say is great for horse's with allergies and heaves, I wish I could give her more energy, it's hard watching her be so dull in comparison to what she was. It's also hard knowing I didn't buy her to just eat our lawn, after losing Mooney though, I can't put her down.

    I know it is my call, I just wanted to see what someone else would do in my position, sometimes it is overwhelming.
         
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        10-14-2012, 08:16 PM
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    Trained
    Well there is no rule that says you can't retire her for the next 6 months or two years and then bring her back into light work later. Personally, I would just not worry about getting her back to work and just get her feeling great again.
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        10-19-2012, 04:05 PM
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    Thanks Riccil0ve, I never thought of it that way. I'm going to try the Respi free stuff and see if it helps here. More I look into it, it looks like Spice will be retired, if it's her heart there is no chance of getting better, it will slowly become weaker.

    On another note I'll do everything I can to make her comfortable and happy as a pasture pet, all the hay, grain and supplements she may need.

    I am working on the thrush in her feet again, after the first attack I forgot about the thrush and worked on getting her better. She lost most of the frog in her right front and the left front is going too, trimmed off the flaps, but both are really sore and she's not happy about having her feet cleaned and treated. Know any home remedies that don't burn? I have to order everything from a tack shop and that adds $14 too the price, ouch.

    Also looking to see about a natural diuretic as well, Alpha Omega has a kidney flush (must be used with potassium supplement) that is suppose to be able to be used a mild diuretic. Someone had told me some supplements used for bleeders can be used in place of lasix. I don't know if that is true. If anyone has anything to add that feel free too.

    I've been stretching and rubbing her down almost daily and she really enjoys it. As of today she has no edema in her chest, just solid muscle. Some in her belly and legs.
         
        10-19-2012, 04:31 PM
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    I am working on the thrush in her feet again, after the first attack I forgot about the thrush and worked on getting her better. She lost most of the frog in her right front and the left front is going too, trimmed off the flaps, but both are really sore and she's not happy about having her feet cleaned and treated. Know any home remedies that don't burn? I have to order everything from a tack shop and that adds $14 too the price, ouch.
    I've heard of a number of home remedies for thrush- my farrier recommended pouring a shot of Listerine on the bottom of the foot once daily. I've also heard of people using Apple Cider Vinegar the same way.

    I tried "Pete's Goo" for my horse a while back (equal parts of human antibiotic & antifungal creams). I got a dental syringe to help get it down into the deep crevices. It helped, but I didn't find it as effective as commercial thrush products- I have good results with ThrushBuster and No Thrush.
         
        10-25-2012, 08:23 PM
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    Yearling
    Spice has another heave/allergic attack. She is on the Respi-Free stuff, but it doesn't seem to make a difference. I'm going to start soaking her hay, as well. I don't know what to do, I wish someone else could make the decision to put her down, I don't want to be there if she is because it is horrible to watch and nothing nice about it. I don't know what to do.

    One of her back legs is swelled really tight, but other three look better, and her chest and belly has no swelling at all. I was kind of hoping that it was just heaves and Spice might get better, have a normal life again.
         

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