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post #1 of 17 Old 06-13-2011, 02:39 PM Thread Starter
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heartbreaking day!

My 8 week old filly had to be put to sleep this morning. such a heartbreaking day. I received a phone call from the farmer where i keep my horses early this morning saying that my gorgeous filly foal couldn't get up. As i rushed round in a panic getting dressed my first thoughts were broken leg. when i got to the field only a mile from my house my mare was quite a distance away from the foal and the foal was flat out not moving. Bess whickered to me so i approached her first then went straight over to the filly. When i got near she started struggling to get up so i backed away from her and she stopped struggling. Vet was called immediately and was on scene in around 20 minutes. So my baby had lock jaw/tetnus/emphasemia of some sort and was getting rigid. she was very weak after possibly being there for a few hours (could tell this as my mare's bag was very full). so i had to make the heartbreaking decision to let her go. i have always said in these kind of situations the horses welfare is my priority and that i would never keep them alive just for my own reasons. I absolutely made the right decision and she wouldn't have made it anyway so i stopped the suffering as soon as possible. Such i sad day with lots of crying

should i or should i not.........
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post #2 of 17 Old 06-13-2011, 02:40 PM
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I'm very sorry for your loss.
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post #3 of 17 Old 06-13-2011, 02:43 PM
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I'm so so sorry, I lost a little colt 3 years ago, and I still miss him. The only thing I can tell myself is that these little ones are just to good for this world, and someone had a calling for them.

RIP little girl, and if you see a gorgeous little 9 week old Haffy up there, with a broad white face tell him his horse and human mummies say HI.
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I'm so sorry for your loss.

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post #5 of 17 Old 06-13-2011, 02:51 PM
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So very sorry. How heartbreaking.
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post #6 of 17 Old 06-13-2011, 02:58 PM Thread Starter
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thanks guys. I'm hoping she is up there and my dad is going to develop her and eventually ride her (my dad passed away 3 weeks ago). These things make us stronger and i believe I gave her the best start in life i could she was born outside and kept outside and left to play with momma for the first 6 weeks and i had just made a connection with her and on entering the field she would quite happily come over and say hello. RIP my beautiful chunky monkey! Is it strange to anyone that we also lost a foal 2 years ago. Looking back i now believe from the same thing. he was 7 months old. from a different mare and sire but on the same farm but just wondered if anyone else thought this was suspicious. I talked to the vert about it but she said tetnus is in the soil and not just specific ground but in all soil.

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post #7 of 17 Old 06-13-2011, 05:49 PM
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I am so, so sorry to hear about your loss.
How is your mare handling it?

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post #8 of 17 Old 06-13-2011, 05:54 PM
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I am sorry for your loss.
If the same thing happened previous to this incident, I would most definitely be suspicious and not want to foal out again in that area. If you wanted, I'm sure there are inspections that could be done.
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post #9 of 17 Old 06-13-2011, 06:09 PM
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Sorry about your foal. My first question would be did you sterilze the umbilicus? That is where most tetanus comes from in foals, which I hope your vet told you.

Condolences on the loss of your father...the loss of a parent is always one of life's low points...
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post #10 of 17 Old 06-13-2011, 06:52 PM
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Oh dear. So sorry.

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