Well this morning I went out to feed and found BoAnn laying down in the barn. She was unable to get up and had been struggling for a while. So I called her dad and let him know what was going on and the next call was to the vet, all while getting a halter on her and trying to get her up. After about a 20 min struggle which included alot of crying and pleading while trying to get her turned around she finally got up and walked around and drank a little bit. But she couldnt stand still for very long with out her back legs trying to give out on her. She would back up against the wall and kind of brace herself to help her stand up.
The vet finally arrived and checked her out, vitals were low, as were her intestinal sounds, but no sign of colic or anything else that would be causing these problems other than her age. The vet said that he could give her some meds in order to ease her pain and try to keep her alive until her mom and dad came home but even then he didnt think he could keep her alive till Sat. When they are scheduled to return. I called back and talked to her dad and he said they trusted me to do the right thing by her. (They couldnt bring themselves to make the decision) The vet and I talked for a little while longer and after discussing all of my options and the heat wave coming in tomorrow with temps jumping into the 100's we decided that the right thing to do was putting her down. It was the hardest decision I have ever had to make and couldnt even tell him to do it. I just cried and shook my head in agreement. I feel so guilty that her mom and dad were not here to be with her during her passing. I just hope and pray that I did the right thing.
BoAnn had a great life and I was blessed to have her as a part of mine for the past couple of years. It brings me comfort to know that she is no longer in pain and can now gallop across the green pastures at the rainbow bridge while she is waiting for us to join her.
Sorry this is sooo long, but I had to get it off my chest.