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        04-18-2012, 10:22 AM
      #211
    Yearling
    Please give Didi a hug for me when she is more herself, or at least accepting of affection. Then give yourself one as well.

    I hope Didi isn't contagious! Moving her seems to be something that would be horrible for her mind, and the ulcer situation, not to mention the contagion aspect.

    I almost am afraid to ask, but if she is contagious, will this scrap the possibility of a future as a broodmare?
         
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        04-18-2012, 10:33 AM
      #212
    Weanling
    Good luck Barry with Didi. It's smazing how many things can go wrong. I didn't know ahorse could get Copd... How ? Is it second hand smoke?
    It sounds like Didi is in very capable hands.
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        04-18-2012, 10:37 AM
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    Rascal
    Thankfully, we have no reason to believe she is contagious.

    As a brood mare, the bigger question is who do we know, whom we trust, is breeding at this time? But there is no hurry.

    The moving has yet to be considered although it is unlikely she will compete in dressage in the near future. If eventually we decide to move her, it will be back to the livery yard close by from whence she was moved originally. She would know the premises and many of the horses,
         
        04-18-2012, 11:05 AM
      #214
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Barry Godden    
    Rascal
    Thankfully, we have no reason to believe she is contagious.

    As a brood mare, the bigger question is who do we know, whom we trust, is breeding at this time? But there is no hurry.

    The moving has yet to be considered although it is unlikely she will compete in dressage in the near future. If eventually we decide to move her, it will be back to the livery yard close by from whence she was moved originally. She would know the premises and many of the horses,
    See it's threads like these that make my day :) You obviously have Didi's best interest at heart. And more obviously you are thinking each step and aspect of Didi's future. I think this type thread is one of the reasons I love this forum best. We have good people on here. Please still give Didi and yourself a huge hug
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        04-18-2012, 11:10 AM
      #215
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by Barry Godden    
    When I look back over my notes I can now see that DiDi had ample health reasons to be irritable and/or explosive, yet to a third party with no knowledge of her condition she looked, and still looks, fine. Even the junior vets said so.

    The more I learn about horses, the more I realise I have more to learn.
    Isn't this the truth, though, for all of us? We don't know what we don't know...and the little clues left along the way seem so insignificant at the time and are overlooked. Hoping that Friday's examination shows great progress and healing!
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        04-18-2012, 11:55 AM
      #216
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    I have learned of late that:

    A human's interaction with another human is clouded by the words given in response and those replies might sometimes be misleading as to the truth.

    A human's interaction with a horse will never be answered in deceiving words because horses can't speak - so they cannot deceive when replying but they can easily be misunderstood.
         
        04-19-2012, 12:07 AM
      #217
    Yearling
    This is very true. I use a lot of words (so I am told) but am not always successful in conveying my meaning (so I find). With my horses, the more I learn, the more I realize I have misunderstood in the past. Those little "ah ha!" moments where you finally understand what was going on at a certain time in the past, but you didn't realize it at the time.

    What you say is very true. Fortunately, most horses are very forgiving of us.
         
        04-20-2012, 05:18 PM
      #218
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    Well as we arrived at the vets bright and early I was in a depressed mood. DiDi was to be subjected to yet more tests and I was wondering where they would all lead to. She was a little subdued although she had an excuse in that she had been starved for twelve hours ready for the Xray.

    Eventually after the tests had been completed, the vet came out and immediately I asked him whether the news was good or bad. He smiled and said that there was nothing that was life threatening for DiDi. The key test had been to look into the lungs and, yes, whilst there were a couple of small lesions on her lungs, they were nothing to worry about. Yes she had traces of a herpes virus but so did most horses to some degree or another.

    There were signs that she had suffered some more stress but the Gastrogard would take care of it. We sat in front of a computer screen for half an hour and the vet explained as best as he could what he had found.
    I asked: what was to be done and the vet said: - ‘go put her out in a secure field of grass for a few months, let her ulcers heal and stop worrying about the lungs‘.
    If she did start to cough too often then come back for some anti-biotic.

    He made a further comment that the practice had in house criteria for a horse warranting euthanasia and DiDi would not figure on the list. OK, there may be some unresolved health issues but finding them would be like looking for a needle in a haystack. If she was off colour on one day or another then don’t get too worked up about it.

    Likewise if DiDi did from time to time fly off in a panic, then sit it out. He said that back in the old days he had even heard of sparkey horses being given anti depressants.

    The big discovery had been the ulcers which were horrendous. As long as DiDi’s management was adjusted to minimize stress, there was no reason way they should reappear. Additionally the steroids for the lung issue could be dropped forthwith as they may not be beneficial.

    OK, so she doesn’t always stand properly and maybe that was a result of her fall a couple of years ago. So what! As long as her movement is not
    Irregular and so long as she doe not show signs of lameness then she will do fine. The horse is twelve years old, the owner can expect some ‘defects’. So, manage them.

    I said to the vet: ‘the more we know about horses, the more we realize how much there is to know‘.
    He laughed and said : ‘Join the club‘.

    She’ll not now be competing at dressage in the future. All pressure will be taken off her. And if every now and again she is a little crabbie in her attitude then I’ll put it down to her being a mare or the possibility that the moon has turned blue.

    At least I still have a horse. This episode highlights to me that there are times when I have to look at her and make decisions, even if I do not have either the full information or the complete knowledge. As her owner that's my role in her life.
         
        04-20-2012, 06:56 PM
      #219
    Weanling
    Best of Luck.. Barry
    I hope I didn't come across too flipant in an earlier post..
    Doing the right thing is never easy.
    I can't imagine what your going thru...
    But I do wish you the best.
    Macho`s 4ever mama


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        04-20-2012, 09:51 PM
      #220
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    Please do keep us posted, Barry, of how her spell at pasture is going!
         

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