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post #1 of 30 Old 01-07-2010, 04:41 PM Thread Starter
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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?




Sorry it's long. Thanks for reading if you did.
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post #2 of 30 Old 01-07-2010, 05:10 PM
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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.
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post #3 of 30 Old 01-07-2010, 05:14 PM
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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.
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post #4 of 30 Old 01-07-2010, 05:23 PM
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how do you know when your horse is allergic to anything?

its horse show time in tennessee!!!!!!!
what im not paranoid!!! ....whos asking???
proud to be a southerner!!!
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post #5 of 30 Old 01-07-2010, 05:29 PM
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I would put her down and buy a new one.

There's nothing like the Rockies in the springtime... Nothing like the freedom in the air... And there ain't nothing better than draggin calves to the fire and there's nothing like the smell of burning hair. -Brenn Hill
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post #6 of 30 Old 01-07-2010, 05:46 PM
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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.


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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?

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post #7 of 30 Old 01-07-2010, 05:49 PM
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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.


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post #8 of 30 Old 01-07-2010, 05:51 PM
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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


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post #9 of 30 Old 01-07-2010, 06:06 PM
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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.

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post #10 of 30 Old 01-07-2010, 06:26 PM
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.... put her in a bubble.....
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