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post #1 of 11 Old 06-24-2012, 08:28 PM Thread Starter
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News on Chinga.

I figured I'd let you all know what's going on with Chinga. As some of you know, about a month ago my beloved horse became very ill and we were all left very in the dark to what was going on. Finally, after many tests and him spending about six days at the vets, we finally worked out what was going on and after some intensive treatment, he was able to come home.

So, a very strict routine and diet was put into place, and a lot of changes were made.

Although, for the next month it was consistent feeds, medication and a lot of rest. Which also meant that we were not attending some of our biggest competitions for the year. Finally, after a month we took him back to the vets, they said he was looking great and that his gained a lot of the large amount of weight he lost back. Which was excellent and he was able to slowly return to light work.

Right now, we're having a bit of a set back with him (which was expected) his lost some weight again and got a case of mild colic last night. Though, his alright and already this morning seemed a lot happier. Obviously, we're keeping a very close eye on him and letting the vet know what's going on.

I also have some photos, these are taken after he returned home from the vets (already, had he gained quite a bit of weight back). I need recent photos as well, the improvements look great!


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post #2 of 11 Old 06-24-2012, 08:46 PM
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I was wondering what's up with you both! Glad he's doing better and picking the weight back! Poor boy... Definitely post more pics on his progress!

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post #3 of 11 Old 06-24-2012, 08:47 PM
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I'm glad he got to come home.. poor sweetheart he's been through so much! I hope he continues to get better and better!!

Thanks for the update!

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post #4 of 11 Old 06-24-2012, 08:59 PM
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Poor Chinga. Im glad he's on the road to recovery.

If you don't mind me asking, what exactly did the vet find that was wrong with him? Was it a combination of unfortunate illnesses?
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post #5 of 11 Old 06-24-2012, 09:06 PM
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Jeez. That must have been scary as heck. Glad he's getting better!

I'm also curious - what was the diagnosis?

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awe poor Chinga

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post #7 of 11 Old 06-24-2012, 09:27 PM
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Poor Chinga. I am sooo happy to hear that he is on the road to recovery. I would have been scared to death.

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I'd been wondering where you guys were, so glad to hear he's doing ok now, but wow that much have been stressful!

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post #9 of 11 Old 06-26-2012, 05:43 AM Thread Starter
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Sadly, not the happy update I was wanting...

Last night, he became sick again. Showed the colic signs again, but wasn't thrashing at the ground or anything horrible like last time. I spoke to my vet and she gave me some pain relief to administer. At about midnight last night, I came back after leaving for half an hour (he's vital signs and physical signs were good when I left) to find him on the ground, breathing heavily. Struggled with him to get him up for around ten minutes and managed to finally get him up. Skip all the details, but after that he was settled and calm. No more laying down or kicking at himself.

This morning, gave him some feed (was given the okay by vet to do this), just some hay. Soon afterwards, began kicking at his stomach again. Settled down quickly and was allowed to pick at some grass, showed no more signs of sickness. Kept in contact with vet and we decided to put him back on his medication for another month and get him looked at with an endoscopy (which will be quite challenging, because it is believed the ulcers are in a difficult place). From then on, his been pretty fine and nice and happy (-: .

Basically, what it actually is, as some of you know; his tests came back inconclusive. However, we did know that he developed gastric ulcers (as some of you know, this is quite common in ex-racers). The difficult part about this, it was very sudden. Chinga showed us no signs - misbehaviour, weight loss, lack of interest in food. Literally, nothing. Except for a colic which he had a while ago, which we determined (with a vet) that this was due to the recent floods we had.

We're still looking into things, as we want to make sure that it is -just- ulcers.


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post #10 of 11 Old 06-26-2012, 06:55 AM
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:( Man, praying for you and Chinga to get some real answers and hopefully overcome this hardship!

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