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    01-12-2013, 11:16 PM
I agree with everyone else, it could have been any number of things.. And I know with my mare, since nobody saw her for at least a few hours before she died, the only indicators we got were that she put up a fuss just to trot, and her belly got big from growing cancer in her abdominal area... But it all wasn't so obvious.. We could say her putting up a fuss and not wanting to trot was because she had come from an abusive home, and her growing belly just looked like a normal hay belly...
And the vets didn't know of course until after she passed away and got a necropsy..
I'm sorry for your loss by the way, and I'm sorry your boy had to go through all that...
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    01-13-2013, 07:59 AM
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I had a cow die like this.. and it was an internal abscess from some infection she had walled off. Well, it burst and the resulting sudden bacterial release killed her.

I will also mention that my vet taught me that cows are way better at walling off an infection into an abscess than most other animals (including horses) so while that may have been the cause, the other causes mentioned here are more likely.

Of course, always happens to a good one (or so it seems).
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    01-13-2013, 08:23 AM
My mare passed away at the end of summer last year. She appeared perfectly fine. When my Uncle came out to bury her for me just a few feet away from where she was found lying there was a broken wilted branch of wild black cherry. I did some research and when it is in its wilted stage it produces cianide not sure I spelled that correctly. It said that it happens so fast that most vets can't get there soon enough to help your horse. She was a gem of a horse and it depresses me that it will probably be forever before I find another with her rock steady personality. I'm very sorry for your loss.
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