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post #1 of 14 Old 08-05-2011, 03:49 AM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Needed to share with "like minds"

So if anyone else has read my post in the "horse health" section, you will know my oldest gelding, 18 year old Prints, was very sick last week with colic. Had the vet out, did the rectal, stomach pump, bloodwork, banamine. He was getting better. Stalled him, restricted his food, and his appetite was better, strength back, poopage! I was able to "release him to the wild" (back into the pasture) with the other horses on Tuesday afternoon with the vet's blessing. I've been watching hm, and he has been fine....

...Until tonight. My husband went outside for something & popped his head back in & said "Prints is down again". This was around 8pm. Sure enough, all the "classic signs" were back. But there was just something about tonight that was different. He kept going down & staying down. Was VERY hard to get up, trying to roll. Even with the Bute in him. He pooped several times, had gas... even when we walked him, he would lay down. Eventually, when he laid down, he started having "seizures", like when dogs are dreaming. Finally around 1:30am, I faced reality. He was done. Seizures got worse, and when he would lay down, when we got him up, he nearly fell again. It was time.

The rational side of me knows it's the right thing, he's not in pain anymore. Doesn't need to worry about colic anymore, arthritis is gone. It's for the best. However, I'm a chick, and an emotional one. I miss him already! This evening when I go out to feed is going to be really, really hard. No Prints pawing at the fence, "Hurry up! I'm hungry now!" .. oh geez, there I go, crying on the keyboard!

So I guess my question is...even I know it was "for the best", and his age, the heat, humidity & the colic got way beyond him (we actually think his stomach twisted), will I stop second-guessing myself (if I would have given the Bute earlier? If I would have gone out there earlier? Why didn't I keep him stalled longer? et al) or blaming myself?

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post #2 of 14 Old 08-05-2011, 04:14 AM
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Oh no.. I am truly, absolutely sorry for your loss. Prints will now rest in peace, and you will meet again at the rainbow bridge.

Last weekend I had to put down my Nana's dog for her, and it was very hard to do, but he was suffering, and it was time for him as well.

Whatever you do, don't blame yourself. You couldn't have done anything more to prevent this. God called for him and he came. At the very least, he passed, I'm sure, in the loving home he's always known, with his very best friend and owner. Keep his memories in a safe place in your heart.

RIP Prints.
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post #3 of 14 Old 08-05-2011, 04:25 AM
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I am so very sorry for your loss of your horse, recently we lost a family pony who was very close to me which we had my entire life. He was very old and it was very hard. But you must remember - it was Prints time to go.

His gods horse now.

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post #4 of 14 Old 08-05-2011, 04:51 AM
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Im so sorry, what a hard decision for you. Youndid the right thing for him though, you really did. The beautiful but hard thing about being human is our ability and responsibility to our animals to make these hard decisions. God bless you, Heather
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post #5 of 14 Old 08-05-2011, 06:30 AM
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Hugs to you Dear, for your pain and loss, and for doing the "right" thing! You saved him from more suffering. He would have probably ended up with the same fate, but with so much more suffering before it happened. Its is so much better to let them go and save them from the pain and suffering that they would have gone through waiting for nature to take its course.

I too am feeling what you are right now, Just this week we had to let my basset hound go to the rainbow bridge. We adopted her as a puppy and she had been our friend and constant companion for the last 13 years. She was having problems this past weekend, have non stop anxiety attacks, and when she did finally rest from exhaustion she was almost in a coma like state. We could have had a bunch of test run, to find out exactly what was going on, or put her on anti anxiety drugs for the rest of her life, (but they pretty much knock her out and make her sleep) so what kinda life is that. We did her the favor of saving her from anymore pain or suffering.

My heart goes out to you, Remember him, cherish his memory, Take his halter or something else that was his and make a memory keeper out of it. He will always be with you in spirit, and he will be waiting for you over the rainbow bridge, and will probably thank you at that time.
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post #6 of 14 Old 08-05-2011, 06:47 AM
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I am so very sorry for your loss.

Being a wonderful pet owner you took on all the pain so your horse would not have to hurt anymore. Your pain is emotional but still hurts just as much.
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post #7 of 14 Old 08-05-2011, 02:36 PM
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Ooh save a piece of mane, tail, or forelock... that's what we did for my nana with her dog.
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post #8 of 14 Old 08-05-2011, 03:03 PM
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Aww I'm so sorry. The same exact thing happened to me in April. It's so hard when it happens suddenly.
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post #9 of 14 Old 08-05-2011, 03:34 PM
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You will forever ask yourself the 'what if's'. It's an unfortunate aspect of making THE decision for our 4 legged friends.

The pain will fade and the logic will return.

You did your best.
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post #10 of 14 Old 08-05-2011, 04:00 PM
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I am so sorry for your loss. With time it will get better. Just remember his memory and smile when you think about him at the fence. He is in a much better place now and he can run free with no pain or worry about colic. Unfortunately I am facing a similar situation with my gelding and I feel it will be best in the end to end his suffering too. Again it will get better and yes you really did the right thing. Esp if you think he twisted his stomach, could you have really afforded the surgery and care afterward? **Hugs** :(
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