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post #1 of 4 Old 10-11-2009, 03:43 AM Thread Starter
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Weight-Related problems...

I had 4 horses in my field 3 cobs and 1 morgan they have all had more hay to eat than they could manage and a good bucket of feed a day. The 3 cobs look great but the morgan became to loose weight 3 weeks ago so i bought him a new rug and upped his feed to 2 buckets a day i just thought that that would do it i also gave him another wormer in case it was worms but he still lost weight on thursday this week he became tangled into his rug and a vet was called the vet noticed that he had a blood discharge from his privates.

He later died of colic this friday morning he had a few episodes of colic over the last few years and muscle damage for this last year on his rear quarters since he got himself caught up in his stable, the vet has taken a lot of blood tests but i feel awful as people thought that he must have been starved but he always ate more than the two mares put together please could you let me know if you know what is was or has anyone had this problem

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post #2 of 4 Old 10-11-2009, 04:16 AM
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From what you have written I can't see how you are to blame.
You fed the horse regularly,
you noticed it was losing weight
you called the vet
the vet came but the horse subsequently died.

That sadly is the way things often happen in this world.

Worrying about what other people say is not necessary
nor appropriate for you You did what you believed to be correct. You cared for the horse.
No doubt you are keeping a close eye on the other horses.

Colic kills horses - that is a fact. What is appropriate is for horse owners to read and learn why horses might get colic and for them to understand the risks and to guard against them.

I am sorry to hear your story and for your loss.

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post #3 of 4 Old 10-11-2009, 11:25 AM
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I understand how you feel. I had an alpaca that I had for 3 weeks, and he was under weight when I got him as a rescued alpaca. He continued to decline, and I made sure he hate as much as the large female llama we had as well, but because he was really wild, I did not know how emaciated he had become because of all of his very long hair. He ate as much as he wanted, but one morning he was laying on his side, paralyzed, and with all the signs I realized he had come to me with the menengial worm, which they can contract. A vet came out and put him to sleep, and I know she felt he had just been starved to death, and she said she have not dealt with Alpacas before and knew nothing of illnesses they get, but I felt so bad that I know she felt I'd just not fed him.

So anyhow, I know how that feels. . .
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post #4 of 4 Old 10-12-2009, 02:36 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys, I'm suppose to be getting the blood tests back today, but I guess they're taking their time. Sometime's it's hard not to feel you're at fault, as you wonder why you didn't pick up on it, or notice any underlining symptoms.....and yea a few people saying you should learn how to look after horses better (which after 10 years obviously doesn't help)....
....but will let you guys know how the blood tests go...

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