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    02-06-2012, 11:31 AM
Well it's Monday, and you were waiting til Monday to see how he did.
So how is he?
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    02-06-2012, 11:36 AM
He is doing good. I saw him scratching his butt on Sunday like he has worms, so I dewormed him (was going to do that either way). I moved the horses into the arena so I could clean without having to close stall doors and as soon as I took off his halter he took off running and bucking for a bit.

My friend is keeping an eye on him. The reason the blanket was left on for so long was a combination of unusual circumstances. Usually it is taken off at least once a week. I am going to call the vet and get her opinion later today once they are open.
    02-06-2012, 11:41 AM
I am not certain that you are understanding the severity of this situation, your horse is not 'doing good' he is starving. It is very likely that animal control would seize him from you because of the condition that he is in.
    02-06-2012, 11:46 AM
By doing good I mean acting well. Not physically looking good. Yes I understand the severity of the situation. I'm not some little kid that is just blowing this off. I am stressed about this. I am at an age that YES I am the one responsible for the care BUT my parents are pretty much doing everything they can to convince me or stop me from taking him to the vet. If it was completely up to me I would have him in the vet this week, but it isn't. My dad wants me to wait 2 weeks and see if he puts weight on. I'm not going to. I was going to call the vet as soon as they are open and talk to the vet about this. I wanted to make sure I could get as accurate as an estimate as possible so I know I don't have to rely on my parents help for this vet bill. If I do, my mom said she will put it on a credit card.
    02-06-2012, 11:48 AM
It's quarter to nine where you are at. Do the vets really not open until after 9 a.m. There?
    02-06-2012, 11:53 AM
For some reason I thought I had called at 8:30ish before and found out that opened at 9, but I just checked online and they opened at 8:30. So I will call them now
    02-06-2012, 12:09 PM
They said 400-500 just as an estimate to get started figuring it out. Including physical, blood work, and haul in fee. Depends on what the vet decides needs to be done at the physical. I can make that work. I was going to see if I could qualify for the Care Credit card as well, but I doubt it because I don't have any credit at this point. I am going to ask my friend when she will be able to haul him in, and let my parents know what I am doing.
    02-06-2012, 12:14 PM
Subbing for updates, have the picture links been broken?
    02-06-2012, 12:33 PM
Made the appointment for Friday at 1:30. Unfortunately its not the vet that usually sees him (same vet office, different vet) but I figured that the most important part was getting him in asap. I would have done earlier but it was the earliest they had open. Until then his food will be upped and my friend will be keeping a close eye on him. My mom is going to apply for a Care Credit card then I can pay her to pay it back. I have the money up front but I will be more comfortable getting more done if I know I don't have to pay it all at the same time.
    02-10-2012, 07:24 PM
The vet did a full physical and took some blood. The physical showed that he has a low temp (96.8 and she tried 2 thermometers). She checked his teeth, they are going to be done next week probably but they most likely aren't the immediate cause of the weight loss. She also found that he has a grade 2 holosystolic (I think is what she wrote) heart murmur, which is new. Cushings might be a possibility, because his coat is heavier than normal, rough and kind of wavy.

First she is going to run complete blood work and I will hear back about that tonight. If that turns up normal she is going to ask my permission to run a Cushings test (I guess from the blood she already has?).

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