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        06-18-2011, 04:21 PM
      #21
    Weanling
    So the vet says the horse has some major ulcers and a stifle issue (which requires some further testing and investigation). She suggested a new diet for the horse, which I'm PRAYING that the owners takes seriously. He still looks pretty bad, but at least there is something to work with now, and somewhere to go from here.

    It angers me being unable to do anything more to help the horse on my end of things right now. I know you guys are right about feeding him (especially now that it's confirmed he's got ulcers - and likely other problems too). It's just really hard to sit back and see him suffering when I fear (and suspect) the owner will not give him the care he desperately needs that the vet has outlined for her.

    I feel like she should be given the chance to do right by the horse, as she DID call the vet (at least). But waiting so long to do anything is almost unforgiveable, and has caused this poor horse a great deal of pain. As someone who suffers from cancors myself (which aren't the same I know, but close) I cannot imagine having to live with that pain and being unable to stop it.

    I'm hoping that he will be a before/after picture horse who will make a miraculous recovery. I fear the worst, but I have hope too.
         
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        06-18-2011, 10:02 PM
      #22
    dee
    Started
    Too bad her vet isn't like mine. He is notorious for telling his customers how the cow ate the cabbage - and he has told more than one that they aren't taking their horse back home after getting irate that they didn't follow his instructions the first time around.

    I was terrified of what he might say when he saw Dancer for the first time because she was thin. He just said she needed to gain more weight and that she seriously needed to be powerpacked. Followed his recommendations, and Dancer is really starting to look good!
         
        06-18-2011, 11:10 PM
      #23
    Showing
    Glad to hear she had the vet out and got some direction. I'll keep my fingers crossed that she follows them. Hope you get to post those before/after pics!
         
        06-19-2011, 07:41 AM
      #24
    Yearling
    ^^^^ agreed. Hopefully the owner will follow through.
         
        06-19-2011, 09:57 AM
      #25
    Showing
    Good luck!
         
        07-02-2011, 12:54 PM
      #26
    Weanling
    Well, I have good news and bad news.

    Good news, Hunter (the name of this Standardbred) seems to be on the road to recovery. He is alert - and while still skinny - is eager to be involved with the day-to-day goings on in the barn. He was let out to enjoy some sunshine and I caught him rolling in the pile of hay we had put out for him - and I mean rolling in that joyful way where they stand up, shake and toss their head after the roll is done, not like he was in pain.

    Bad news, at least part of the poor horse's condition has been linked back to Strangles... which has spread through the enitre barn and nearly every one of the 30 horses now has a runny nose, some with the tell-tale swelling glands, and one even has swollen legs which the vet is linking to Strangles as well. While the vet thinks that the Strangles will mostly just pass through the herd as a runny nose and a cough, it's still a pain in the butt and an annoyance, and the youngest horses and Hunter are certainly taking Strangles the hardest.

    So now our barn is essentially in lock down mode and it's just a general pain to deal with.

    But still Hunter seems to be on the road to recovery, so I'm hopeful.
         
        07-02-2011, 01:23 PM
      #27
    Started
    The bad news sucks :(... the good news is good though!!! :)
         

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