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post #1 of 17 Old 01-09-2012, 08:28 PM Thread Starter
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Oliver is on watch for the next couple days to see if there is any improvement but we may have to call the vet out again.

He was orginally had gotten a cold, and we gave him time of and took it easy, double blanketed him got him a insulated hood for the blanket, let him out as much as possiable unless it was raining. and he still wound up getting pneumonia.

The vet came out, told us it was really goo dthat we let his body try to fight it off before pumping him full of drugs, he diagnosed him with equine pnumonia, fliud in the lungs and upper air ways. He got a big does of penicilin that night along with a two week pre packaged bag of antibitoics.
He was off of any work, again as much turnout as he could get, had the blankets, extra water availble and he seemed to get over it with the antibiotics. I called the vet, told him his vitals after being lunged and how he was doing, all that stuff he said he could start back to light work. Because of the holidays he got an extra week off anyways, thinking haey he got more time for his body to heal I was feeling good. He was bucking and rearingand running like crazy in the pasture, back to his old self. No caugh. No runny nose or any discharge. Bright eyes. Alert and happy.

So I have only had about/not even two weeks of him being back to work, he has been worked 4 times in that time. 2 being lunge sessions for 15/20 minutes. He was not breathing hard, no restaince, alert and eager to work. Same iwth my two lesson, Alot of walking some trot and 2 circles of canter.

So today I got a call while in class saying "hey Oliver looks like he is going down. He has a goopy nose, was caughing last night but not on the lunge today but didnt want to work and looked pretty miserable and out of it. They also told me he was feeling frisky out in the pasture being a normals silly 5 year old"

So then not 5 minutes later do I get a call from my trainer saying "Lets nip this in the butt beofre it gets worse again" She is going to pick up EsterC and Dyna Pro and we will be giving it to him double dose to hopefully get his immune system awake and working. We agreed that if by saturday he is still not looking good we will have the vet come out again.

I feel so discouraged and worried. Any support/advice would be great. I dont want to go through with this again!

So called the vet tonight just to leave a message and tell him what was up and how I felt and my trainer and I's plan of action for the next few days. He will call me back if he has any suggestions or is concernd to see him ASAP.

So what is out there to help such a young horse with such a weak/crappy immune system. My trainer said she has never come across a horse that seems to catch everything and have it get worse so fast, thats why she is getting the products to help him...but we both find it very puzziling.

The other factor that is worrying me is in 3 weeks (the 1st of feb) we are moving to our new barn, if he is sick and his immune system is even more down the normal doesnt this mean he could get worse? Or can prolong his recovery.

I am very worried and dont know where to go from here....I mean I do if he is worse call the vet (DUH) but how do I need to deal with this long term? Is this going to be somthing that really limits him from doing anything or from showing eventually? This is my baby and I have never had to deal with somthing so scary.....(if you read up on horse pneumonia ussally the outcome for horses are not so great, as it is not a common illness they can get) If this is his now 2nd time getting it how seroius is this really?!

Please help!
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I wish I had words of wisdom or some sort of advice. I just wish you guys the best and hope its just a bug that he is able to pass.
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I really like fast track for horses who have been ill.
Good luck with your boy. We went through some issues like this with Flicka last year.
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post #4 of 17 Old 01-09-2012, 09:53 PM
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So sorry to her this, Sam, no advice but will send good vibes to you and Ollie. Poor fella. If he is still off within a week of his planned departure, I might consider paying another month where he is and postponing the move.
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Thank you Tiny!
I'm like ready to just cry. I feel so bad for him!
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On the point of moving him that's where I am so torn. The management appt the barn I have him now has gone downhill everyday. I'd hate to move him and have him get worse, on the brighter side if he does get worse after the move the barn is 5 minutes from pilchuck!

I have a call into my vet for tomorrow to run things by him.
The other good thing, I sold my saddle...so I have 350 on hand to pay for the vet!
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What kind of time frame are you talking about? For every day he was sick, you should give him a week to recover. Sounds like you are rushing things.
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No I wasn't rushing it, we where taking things very slow and got the okay from the vet to start him back up and he got an extra 8 days off after time he said to start working him. He wanted him worked cause if he had started coughing again and getting worse we would know he needed more treatment, it was just delayed.
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I second the idea of getting Fastrack probiotics for him. The gut is the largest immune organ in the body, and a course of antibiotics (and he's had several) will kill off the helpful bacteria and make it harder for him to bounce back to normal gut flora. Also, Omega 3 is a natural anti-inflammatory which might be helpful in helping him develop a stronger immune system.

Good luck!
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post #10 of 17 Old 01-09-2012, 11:36 PM Thread Starter
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The dynapro is full of probiotics so he starts that tomorrow along with the esterC (vit. C) he has also been going through alot more water. He has an extra 5gallon bucket in his stall and it's empty every morning.
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