My friend's horse was put down these evening, maybe twenty minutes ago. He had colicked a week ago pretty bad. He was taken to the vet and it was determined it was a displacement, causing quite a big gas bubble. They "popped" his gas bubble, and were going to let him wake up and hope he could walk himself back into place. Surgery wasn't an option.
Miraculously, he pulled through, the vets were surprised. He went back home, he was eating, drinking, pooping, peeing, and then he started to colic again today at about noon. My friend was still there when we came in her car. We had gone into the barn and he was laying down, and you could just see it in his eyes that he was in TREMENDOUS pain.
So we got him up and moving, but then leading him around just wasn't enough. He'd take a step and buckle, take a step and buckle. We got him into the arena and chased him around a bit. He let out a few farts, but it just kept getting worse. My friend is bawling. She knows. The on-call vet was 45 minutes away, and my friend didn't want him put down at the barn with all the people and the kids. Also, they didn't need to see him hauled up with a wench onto a truck. =|
He got to the vet, pooped in the trailer, was sedated, tubed, given a rectal exam and an ultrasound. The vet didn't know what was wrong. His intestines felt fine, it looked fine. So they decided to let him wake up and go from there.
I left shortly after, and I got word not too long ago that he was put down. Miracle was a beautiful, BEAUTIFUL sorrel overo Paint gelding, maybe about 5 or 6. He was such a sweet boy, the vet techs fell in love with him. It's such a shame for such a good horse to have to go through that. I'm sure everyone thinks the same thing, but it doesn't make it less true. Nor do I mean that some horses deserve it while others don't. It's just so sad.
Rest in peace, Miracle. You will be forever missed. <3
Oh thats so sad. :(
5-6 that is way to young, i really fell for you and your friend. colic is so horrid :(
I talked to the other friend there, and she said without surgery, the colic would just get worse and worse every time. And the decision to euthanize him was made when he started throwing himself at the wall. =[
Thanks for the condolences [spelling?] I'll be sure to pass it along. It was for the best, but still. I'd rather it happen to a horse who had already lived a good long life. =|
now you have told us about the wall thing, i really do think it was the right thing to do. i dont want to upset you more but horses, like us have a concept of suicide which seems to be what he was trying to do, he wanted the paint to go away. RIP Miracle
Yes, we were all 99% positive it was the right choice when we were chasing him around the arena. He was in so much pain. He was going to the vet to be put down, that was the plan. But then he pooped and seemed to be more comfortable for a little while, but when he came back out of the sedation, it just got worse.
A man at the barn thought it was a selenium defiency. He told us how horses in our area hardly ever get enough selenium on their own, and it can cause a whole lot of problems in horses, including colic. He said it was even more likely this was the cause because it was his right side that hurt. He said he worked at a huge dressage barn and once they started appropriately supplementing with selenium [by taking a hair sample], none of the horses colicked.
I found it very interesting, but I wasn't able to talk to him more about it. Hopefully we can track him down.
RIP Miracle - what a terrible shame. Hugs to all of you
They did a necropsy [that's the right word, right? o_O] and the way his colon was shaped and/or the thickness of it would have caused him to continually colic again and again and again, and it would have gotten worse and worse each time. Surgery wouldn't have done anything for him. It just makes us all even more glad he was put down before it got to that point.
Wow. And at such a young age. I feel sorry for for you and your friends loss. Many hugs and wishes are going your way.
i feel bad for your friend =( so sorry to hear that
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