My 19 year old mare came out of winter skinny, so I upped her feed and added calf manna, then changed to a better feed and hay (14% protein and alfalfa), started keeping her in at night (12-14 hours off the new grass), and after little if any success (I think we actually lost a little ground), I had blood work done this week. (I'm still waiting to catch up with the vet to discuss, but he said there were some slight abnormalities, nothing jumped off the report at him - low protein level, liver abnormalities). She also has diarhhea and a heart murmur, but seems in good spirits. He palpated rectally and felt a mass. He said he couldn't be sure but thought cancer. He also said to diagnosis it might involve surgery (at another clinic 2 hours away), could cost $1,000, and ensuing treatment might not give her much time.
HELP! Any suggestions? Not sure exactly what we're dealing with. She's eating, seems comfortable, but now I'm watching her like a hawk. When I let her out this morning, I watched and wondered "did she stumble, is she weaving?" I want to help her, not just be on deathwatch, especially if a test can prove it may not be cancer . . . This is a good mare, my show horse, and owned her mother, bred her and trained her. Any help is appreciated.