Originally Posted by hellionshilltop View Post
NO barn, no lot, no other horses!
Gee, that'd be a nice novelty around here, to have access to a barn.
I agree with you that horses are far better with company, but many are kept alone & there's nothing wrong with it in many people's opinions.
front right pastern joint was severly swollen. ... The vet came, lanced it and drained it ...This time the vet put a cathader in his neck.
I presume it was an abscess on his fetlock? Did the lancing work? Did the vet do any other tests? Tell you what he thought it was from? What was the catheter for? Did he have an abscess on his neck too?
His head swelled up like a ballon and even today, 3 months later, you can still see remenants of the head swelling. .... His back legs also swell up if he stands in a stall to long. Vet said it was a malnurishment issue
The leg swelling is common, called 'stocking up'. Horses need free movement & shouldn't be kept cooped up unless absolutely necessary. Given the malnourishment, swollen head & such, 'Big Head' comes to mind, though I don't know much about this 'disease' at all. It's effectively massive calcium deficiency. Is the horse on a good, well balanced diet now? What tests have been done on him?
could maybe afford a second opinion on him. I CAN NOT afford anymore vet bills for him. But cannot stand to see him suffer. I have 2 seperate vets pressuring me to put him down
Best wishes there & it's certainly possible that you'll find someone willing to take him on with the major effort & expense involved despite his possible uselessness. But I think it's important to consider that's a lot less likely than something like your situation, where you took the horse on with the best of intentions but when the vets bills start mounting he is passed on. Therefore, I know it's a b***y hard call, but you may need to consider quality over quantity for his life.
ok.i am going to get this horse tomorrow.what would be the best route for feeding him.and what could be causeing the abcesses.
I don't get this bit. Get what horse from where? Do you mean he's not yours yet & you've been getting the vet out to someone elses horse & he's not been fed/managed differently since you found him? If that's the case, why are you even getting him if you can't afford to care for him? If he's malnourished, I'd think good diet & nutrition was of primary importance & I'd be consulting a nutritionist. If the vet said his probs are from malnutrition, are you asking for us to make other guesses as to what may be wrong?