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post #11 of 17 Old 07-09-2013, 11:22 AM
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I am fairly new to owning my own horses. Could someone please help me understand how a horse of this caliber and with so many people watching over his care die of laminitis. I'm sure his diet was monitored to the exact ounce of grain and strain of hay. So how does this happen? I'm very courious and confused. Thanks
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While the cause of most cases of laminitis are quite obvious, there are some cases where the causal factor is never determined.

And to add insult to injury, many horses of Gunners caliber are so determined to give their all to their humans that they will often suppress symptoms of pain until the damage is so far gone as to be irreparable.

Sometimes it's just a tragic turn of events.
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post #12 of 17 Old 07-09-2013, 01:20 PM
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Horrible news. He was an incredible sire and reiner. A real ambassador for the AQHA breed.

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post #13 of 17 Old 07-09-2013, 01:23 PM
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My jaw dropped when I read the article this morning. Such a shame that he died fairly young (20), but he will be remembered for the incredible contributions he made to the sport.
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post #14 of 17 Old 07-09-2013, 03:02 PM
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Awe Iam sorry for the loss of Gunner
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post #15 of 17 Old 07-09-2013, 03:17 PM
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Laminitis is a largely poorly understood disease. Things like diet but also foot conformation play a role and a healthy dose of mystery. It has been linked to diet, stress, weight placed on the foot (think barbaro), and a whole host of things. The thing is once they start on that path it can be very difficult to stop it. Some horses you can pull off the train tracks and manage, others will have one bout and are never pulled out. How old was this horse? It just seems that he was young, which makes me wonder if a genetic/conformation element played a role. It could just be pure bad luck.
Thank you and Faydesmom for your replies, I really do appreciate it 😃
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post #16 of 17 Old 07-09-2013, 03:50 PM
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My thoughts are with the McQuays. Gunner has left quite the Legacy, however!
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post #17 of 17 Old 07-09-2013, 04:07 PM
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My friend bought a son this year. He is truly a lovely horse. Fabulous personality, and extremely talented. Not a match for her tho, so he has just gone up for sale-just before this happened. It is truly a great loss.

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