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post #1 of 11 Old 04-04-2010, 06:55 AM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Twisted gut

Just last night at 11 pm i lost my horse Falcon. The vet had to put him down because my parents and I didn't have enough money for the surgery. Just to let every one know the surgery costs $5,000.

To ride or not to ride? What a stupid question!
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post #2 of 11 Old 04-04-2010, 07:17 AM
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I am so sorry for your loss.
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post #3 of 11 Old 04-04-2010, 07:46 AM
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So sorry to hear about your loss

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post #4 of 11 Old 04-04-2010, 08:22 AM
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Maci, I am so very sorry for your loss. Just a few weeks ago my DIL and granddaughter lost their sweet mare to a twist as well. I would have gladly paid for the surgery. However the odds of recovery are not good at all. 50% of horses sent for surgery don't make it to surgery and 50% who do, do not make it. My DIL wanted her mare to be buried here if she wasn't going to make it rather than dying 2 hours away at the vet college. I just wanted you to know that so you won't feel so bad about the cost aspect. Of course it doesn't lessen the pain of losing a loved horse. {{{HUGS}}}

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post #5 of 11 Old 04-04-2010, 11:52 AM
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I'm so sorry for your loss. This wild spring weather often brings a lot of colics. A twisted gut is very difficult to correct and even if you had taken him to surgery, there would still be a large chance they couldn't have saved him, if that makes you fell better about your decisionr- it is so hard when we are limited by our financial situation, so don't feel guilty. In the end it could have been far more than $5000 even and you still might not have saved her. I'm so sorry you lost your sweet horse.
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post #6 of 11 Old 04-04-2010, 02:02 PM
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I'm so sorry. But you made a good decision I think, not only because, as others have said, the chances of recoverery aren't good; but it also involves a lot of pain. Horses don't do "bed rest" well. It's awful to have to make decisions based on money, don't I know, but in this case, I think it was right. (Some of these twists are the result of a cancerous growth, again, not something you can fix overnight if ever, and you can't tell till you get in there. Be glad your horse didn't have to suffer through it all.)
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post #7 of 11 Old 04-04-2010, 03:07 PM
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So sorry to hear of your loss. {{hugs}}
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post #8 of 11 Old 04-04-2010, 05:23 PM
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I'm so very sorry, hun. =[

As everyone else said, I hope you don't feel bad about making the decision based on money. Surgery like that is a risky at best, and lots of times, the horses don't recover. It's very invasive. And to top it off, after having the surgery, most horses won't make it through their next colic. Colic is the worst part about horses.

Again, I'm so sorry.

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post #9 of 11 Old 04-04-2010, 05:32 PM
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When I was a teenager, my best friend lost her horse to a twist. It was so sudden. Riding that morning and gone that night. I'm so sorry for your loss.
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post #10 of 11 Old 04-04-2010, 08:58 PM
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I am sorry for your loss. You made the right decision, I have seen horse owners trying to prolong the life of a horse with a twist and it never ended well. Just an anatomy flaw I guess. I know nothing we say can take away the pain, but know you are not alone in your sorrow. I too, have lost a horse suddenly, still makes me sad.
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