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        01-07-2010, 04:41 PM
      #1
    Foal
    What would you do?

    My mare (This is her: http://www.horseforum.com/horses.php?horse=4375) is allergic to all these:

    Positive:
    Grasses -
    Orchard
    Bermuda
    Ryegrass
    Bahia
    Weeds -
    Ragweed
    Cocklebur
    Dock/sheep sorrel
    Waterhemp
    Trees:
    Juniper cedar
    Pecan hickory
    Mulberry
    Fungi-
    Curvularia
    Oaphalosporium
    Trichodarma
    Pullularia
    Penicillium
    Foods-
    Alfafa
    Molasses
    Indoor-
    Jute/sisal
    Insects
    Stable fly
    Grains wheat pollen
    Borderline:
    Grasses:
    Timothy
    Weeds:
    Saga
    Trees:
    Bm
    Fungi:
    Candida albicans
    Foods:
    Corn
    Insects:
    Horse fly


    She also has a history of lameness, arthritis and MANY other things that I don't remember at the moment. She used to be slightly miserable, but since I've owned her she's been very happy. We have gotten three different opinions from vets (there's only so many good vets where my pony is) and they all say the same. The vet has never heard of such a thing, but he has helped her a lot. We have put her on special allergy shots for like every two weeks. She gets special feed, and we take care of her so that she doesn't get any of those things on or inside her. All summer long, she wears a full fly sheet (well it covers the body, stumach, butt and neck) and fly mask. She also gets special horse shoes that allow her to walk on the pavement (she usually gets stone bruises but I try to avoid pavement with shoes or without anyways) She acts like any horse and rarely shows any signs of discomfort. When she does, she kicks/bucks/rears/rolls/puts ears back/bites etc... but it's only like once a year on the coldest days... but she has never hurt me in anyway (well i've fallen off but it was my fault).



    Anyways, people tell me that I should put her down and that she is too much of a problem child. We have the money to take care of her (she is a million dollar horse) and my mom and I love her TO DEATH. She is the sweetest horse (anyone who meets her immediatly falls in love with her - people even fight over her to ride her and I have to tell them no.) I've gotten so many different opinions. I'm not going to put her down until it's the right time and she is truely suffering (she is a happy horse now), but I know many of people would. I just want to see what you guys would do.

    My question is what would you do about this situation if you had the money to take care of her?




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        01-07-2010, 05:10 PM
      #2
    Green Broke
    I also have a horse with alot of food allergies. It depends on the level of each item on how to procede. I spoke to the lab that did the testing to help make reccomendations on food and enviornment changes. He did best on quality grass hay that wasn't too freshly cut and safe choice.
    It boiled down to keeping away from too much protien.
    I am curious what symtoms you were having that made you do the testing. Mine itched alot and reacted to bug bites and broke out when the bugs were biting.
         
        01-07-2010, 05:14 PM
      #3
    Green Broke
    I forgot but I also had done the allergy shots but they started off every few days and then got less frequent. I would not even think about putting a horse down that wasn't distressed or in pain. You will know when she is not happy.
         
        01-07-2010, 05:23 PM
      #4
    Weanling
    How do you know when your horse is allergic to anything?
         
        01-07-2010, 05:29 PM
      #5
    Trained
    I would put her down and buy a new one.
         
        01-07-2010, 05:46 PM
      #6
    Weanling
    It's your money and ultimately your choice what to do with it. If she's not in too much pain and seems to be happy, and you're willing to put out the money, I don't see why she should be put down. I wouldn't put her down.


    Quote:
    Originally Posted by kevinshorses    
    I would put her down and buy a new one.
    Not to go off topic, and not to start a fight either (this is just a simple observation), but kevinshorses, I've noticed you seem to enjoy playing devil's advocate around the forum. Am I right?
         
        01-07-2010, 05:49 PM
      #7
    Showing
    If she is happy and has good quality of life, you are happy with her and are able to do all you want with her. Then I think it is no different than any other horse with a health problem like an ulcer or arthritis. You have to medicate some of them daily as well. No one can tell you whats right or wrong as far as putting an animal down. Only you and your vet know that answer.
    For most people it comes down to a matter of money. If you have the money to keep her, then go for it.
         
        01-07-2010, 05:51 PM
      #8
    Showing
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by xeventer17    
    It's your money and ultimately your choice what to do with it. If she's not in too much pain and seems to be happy, and you're willing to put out the money, I don't see why she should be put down. I wouldn't put her down.




    Not to go off topic, and not to start a fight either (this is just a simple observation), but kevinshorses, I've noticed you seem to enjoy playing devil's advocate around the forum. Am I right?
    I think that northern Utah winter is getting to him
         
        01-07-2010, 06:06 PM
      #9
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Vidaloco    
    I think that northern Utah winter is getting to him
    You are right but that doesn't change my opinion. The OP has a horse that is allergic to just about everything that grows and also has soundness issues. The question that was posed was what would you do if you had the money and could afford to keep her. I gave my answer. Sometimes it is just kinder to let a horse go BEFORE they are miserable.

    I like to tell things the way I see them I don't just take a position to be opposite but often times it seems that way.
         
        01-07-2010, 06:26 PM
      #10
    Yearling
    .... put her in a bubble.....
         

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