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post #11 of 46 Old 01-31-2013, 10:47 PM
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Good luck John- I can only hope some of the critters I have around here live such a long and happy life with me. It's certainly not an easy decision, sending you good thoughts as you make your decision.
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post #12 of 46 Old 02-01-2013, 12:10 AM Thread Starter
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I really appreciate the many comments and in the morning I'll be sure to reread as I see how my Buddy CorUpShun is doing....
His Father GeGoShun I owned/raised was a super good guy - who lived to 30 1/2 yrs old. Quarter horses - and I drove them and they were a very good matched pair/team and we did lots of driving with them even in some movies - weddings special events ---- soo many fond memories of living and working with my buddies which makes soo hard at this time to decide his fate .
As horse/pet owners it is our responsibility to care for them --- but when its not always a YES or NO answer as what to do it can causes us much inner turmoil n our decisions - Again Thank You everyone - John
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post #13 of 46 Old 02-01-2013, 12:36 AM
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I don't have much to add regarding his health, as everyone covered it pretty well. I do want to say that I'm so sorry this is happening and you and your horse will be in my prayers. May the best of luck come to you and your buddy. <3

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post #14 of 46 Old 02-01-2013, 12:40 AM
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I feel for you as I am going through exactly the same thing right now, my boy although not as old as yours he is 27, yesterday confirmed he has lost the sight of his left eye, and his usual apple bum has now gone lumpy in just a few days, he also showed signs of blood in his urine. We had all the blood tests done yesterday now waiting for the results. I am dreading knowing if its the decission I knew one day I would have to make. I have always said better a day too early than a day too late, to go with dignity and pride, not suffering and pain. Its still flipping hard when you have had them all that time to know when that day is right.
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post #15 of 46 Old 02-01-2013, 12:52 AM
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Awww I am so sorry you have to go through this.....my horses are still quite young and I dread the day when it comes that I will have to make a decision like that.......my thoughts are with you.......

My horses are the joy in my life.....
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post #16 of 46 Old 02-01-2013, 01:14 AM Thread Starter
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I feel for you as I am going through exactly the same thing right now, my boy although not as old as yours he is 27, yesterday confirmed he has lost the sight of his left eye, and his usual apple bum has now gone lumpy in just a few days, he also showed signs of blood in his urine. We had all the blood tests done yesterday now waiting for the results. I am dreading knowing if its the decission I knew one day I would have to make. I have always said better a day too early than a day too late, to go with dignity and pride, not suffering and pain. Its still flipping hard when you have had them all that time to know when that day is right.
Yes Xena our horses become so special . I just came in from the barn - and he put his head against me and just put so much feelings into how he was trying to comfort me as I tried to comfort him.
I'll keep you in my thoughts for the best outcomes and strength to carry thru.
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post #17 of 46 Old 02-01-2013, 07:42 AM
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When my Cocoa started going down hill people told me to put her down. I did everything possible to give her a comfortable few more years. She wasnt ready to go. I could tell it in her temperament and her eyes. Then when the time came, she told me... and I listened. She is now resting in my back pasture with a tree marking her resting place. She was 32 yrs old and with me since she was 6 yrs old. I miss her very much but I know that I didnt put her down too soon... or too late. Your horse will tell you, your heart and mind will know.

Best of luck and be strong.
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post #18 of 46 Old 02-01-2013, 11:59 AM
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Such a hard decision-as others have said-you will know when the time is-prayers coming your way. Just the fact that he made it to 40 speaks of your skill as a horseman.
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post #19 of 46 Old 02-01-2013, 01:58 PM
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I am so sorry - no matter what, I know how hard it is. Ib had a doberman that was verty special - she was a search and rescuse dog and had saved many lives. She was also a therapy dogm and had done well in the confornation, obedience, and agility ring. She was with me CONSTANTLY, and helped me through spome very rough times. When she was 14, evertyone said it was time to put her down = she had trouble walking and her vision was about gone. Somehow, though, I knew it wasn't time. I KNEW her, and they didn't. She was eating good, and seemed happy just to be with me. One day about 6 months later, I woke up, and she had fallen. looked into her eyes, and knew it was TIME. Nothing really had changed in her condition that I saw, but her eyes told me. Up until then, she had seemed happy, and didn't seem to be in pain. That afternoon, i took her to the vet for the last time. I never regretted giving her those last few months, and I never regretted piutting her to sleep when I did. I KNEW!!!!!! You will, too. My thoughts are with you.
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post #20 of 46 Old 02-01-2013, 02:14 PM
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I am so sorry that you are in this situation.

The decision of 'when' is a very personal one. If I were you, as the horse is still bright and alert, I'd wait, but be ready to call the first day that this isn't the case.
But I don't think there is a right or wrong answer, whatever you decide will be the right time.

My heartfelt thoughts are with you.
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