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    02-12-2014, 06:40 PM
How is he doing? Haven't heard any updates! Hope your boy is doing well.
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    02-12-2014, 07:11 PM
The Previcox actually made him worse so we pulled him off of it. He also coliced! I got banamine into him pretty quickly and it looked like he was over it by that night. But the next morning he was way worse, then the guy who does his massages happened to come that morning, I told him about him colicing and he did some release stuff (he does myofascial release massages) and then he was fine. The guy said he hadn't let go of the tightness from the colic. It was amazing what a difference, one minute he looked BAD, the next he was munching on hay and drinking and much more alert. Vet says there's nothing we can do, and that at this point it's best to let him go. So just waiting on someone to be able to haul him to the equine hospital, then I'll be letting him go.
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    02-12-2014, 07:36 PM
I'm sorry things didn't get better. I'm glad the guy was able to make him more comfortable after the colic episode.
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    02-14-2014, 07:10 AM
I am so sorry. I was really hoping he would start feeling better. At least you have some good memories with him to hold on to while he goes to horsey heaven.
    02-14-2014, 12:23 PM
I'm so sorry! My heart goes out to you both. I'm near tears right now for you.. </3
    02-14-2014, 12:37 PM
Oh my goodness I had no idea you were going through all this Sully. I am so sorry. It breaks my heart to even think about losing any of my equines and I have a 31 year old amongst them. It sounds like he's very special and you've done absolutely everything you can. My prayers go out to you. (((big hugs)))
    02-14-2014, 12:52 PM
As my 28 yr gelding began losing weight I realized I wouldn't take him into another winter of -30s. The day I made arrangements I almost puked but then I asked myself "who am I keeping him alive for?" The day he was put down I was surprised at the enormous sense of relief. All the worrying of trying to get weight on him was over. After 23 years I knew a piece of me would die with him. Our relationship was unique with great respect for each other. And he was the best ****ed trail horse one could ever hope to have.
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    02-15-2014, 11:33 AM
Thank you Mammakatja, it's been a long two year battle keeping him sound, but I knew I had to lose eventually. Unfortunately he has his history (race training) and while he has good conformation overall he has slightly upright pasterns which I'm sure didn't help at all.

I know what you mean Saddlebag, I've been feeling very guilty for keeping him alive while watching him limp around. He won't trot or hardly roll anymore. This used to be the horse that would hear my truck and run to the gate and already be calling for me. And I never saw a horse who could get such an even coating of dirt on both sides lol.
    02-15-2014, 02:43 PM
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I'm so sorry to hear of this, best wishes and many hugs...
    02-26-2014, 11:18 AM
Figured I'd update this, I lost him on Monday. He coliced and didn't look like he was going to come out of it easy. So I just made the decision to let him go. I was hoping for a little more time but I am relieved he's no longer limping around.

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