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post #1 of 9 Old 10-05-2019, 01:15 AM Thread Starter
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Ella’s Thread (rescue & rehab)

Hey guys,

I’ve decided to start a thread to document the progress of Ella, the paso fino I recently received as a (somewhat) rescue.

Most of you have seen me talk about her in other threads. She’s a fat little horse with chronic laminitis and likely Cushings. The owner was reluctant to give her up (despite having moved away) but the farrier talked her into giving me the horse.

Now Ella is in a new field, and receiving veterinary care and supplements.

She has uveitis, a corneal ulcer, chronic laminitis in two feet, with rotation of the coffin bone in one foot. The other foot has arthritis of the Pastern, with some beginnings of bone fusion.

So I paid $1100 to find out she’ll never be rideable again.

BUT the farrier thinks differently. She thinks Ella has a chance. And I may as well listen to the hopeful perspective! (Plus, the farrier has seen how neglected she was.)

With proper care, who knows what she can achieve?

I took a new video of her today, and I swear, she looks thinner already!

I’m almost tempted to give her a month on all her supplements before starting Prascend, just to see how much improvement I can get with pituitary and Metabolic support supplements from SMartPac. Because they really do seem to be helping.

There are three videos up of her condition and her walking. This is the one I took today:

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For comparison, this was her condition less than a month ago:

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Tried to get a sense of Ella’s vitals today—height, weight, etc.

It seems that her heart rate is back down to normal. It was elevated when the vet first saw her, which may have been because she’d been moved that day.

Or perhaps a week on a low-grass field has given her metabolism a break and improved her condition.

Either way, it makes me further question whether she really does have PPID after all. Perhaps it really was just equine metabolic syndrome. (EMS.)

Have decided to test ACTH levels instead of going straight to prascend. Things are changing for her so fast, it makes me wonder whether diet was, after all, really the culprit.
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Either way, it makes me further question whether she really does have PPID after all. Perhaps it really was just equine metabolic syndrome. (EMS.)

Have decided to test ACTH levels instead of going straight to prascend. Things are changing for her so fast, it makes me wonder whether diet was, after all, really the culprit.
That would not surprise me, she appears like a metabolic/insulin resistant horse.
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I don't see a terribly obese horse. Just a horse with a LOT of fat pads. The problem with fat pads is they do not ever really go away. We have an IR mare that we rehabbed and are riding. She wears a grazing muzzle and gets Remission as a supplement - the grass there is very lush and is probably part of the IR issue.

Can you please remind me of her stats? How old etc?
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Her age is unknown but she might be as old as 25.

Lately I’m at my wits end with her. Even her new tiny field with bare spots seems to have too much grass. And she has an eye infection that just wont go away.

The treatment the super expensive vet gave me for it seems to have made it worse. And when she wore a grazing muzzle yesterday it seemed to have exascerbated her eye.

Really sad an despondent right now over the whole thing. :(
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I am in LOVE with her forelock!

Unfortunately, things like these are always expensive, but she seems worth it. I would definitely let your vet know (if you haven't already) that the meds made things worse. I work for a vet (small animal), and I know from experience that meds commonly prescribed work 95% of the time, and the 5% of the time they don't, they want to know about it. Vets WANT to hear your feedback so they can alter the game plan to make horse and owner happier, and they also want to hear it so they have a better reference base for how often meds don't work or have side effects. If no one ever says anything, the vets just have to assume it worked, and then might be prescribing a med to hundreds of pets that actually has side effects that no one ever thought to mention.

This will take time, too. She didn't get in this condition overnight, and she's not going to get out of this condition overnight either. Comfortable is all she needs to achieve. Kudos to you for making such a selfless decision! I believe in the two of you!
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Hey guys,

Good news!

I’ve managed to get her eye infection under control. It’s not100% but the conjunctivitis is gone.

I fired the vet I used because he is new to the island, and in my opinion really doesnt understand the climate here yet. The regular vet, though old school, is just more realistic, down to earth, and CHEAPER.

I finally got a prescription for pain control (bute) as well as Prascend. Started her on the Prascend today and have high hopes!

(Also ordered aspirin powder, Bute-less and Total Equine Relief CBD powder. Will use these when I’m ready to wean down off bute.)

Best of all, though, the vet tech said my girl is looking WAY BETTER than when she was in her old field under care of her old owner. Tech said that horse seems happier, more trusting of humans and thinner.

Yes, she still has the fat pads characteristic of Cushings. But she no longer has that really bloated look from the excessive grass.

Vet tech said that is she didnt know better, she would have thought Ella was a different horse from the one she knew before. <3

So all that is really great!!!

I feel like her eye will heal up once her cushings is managed better. The high cortisol and high blood sugar is clearly slowing her healing. I have great hopes that on the right medication, she can make some good progress.

ONWARD!
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Here;s a check in today of her condition. Her eye and face are still goopy and healing, but as you can see, all of her jiggly, fleshy folds are gone.

She still has muscle wasting and a longer coat than normal, but the puffy fat pads have shrunk to almost nothing.

It’s funny because her old field was full of fat, laminitic horses, but her new field area is full of horses who struggle to maintain weight. The vet tech said she thought it had something to do with the verbena that grows EVERYWHERE in those fields up high in that part of the island.

Grass quality varies so much. Its really amazing. But I’m very hopeful of making progress at this new location.

Here was Ella today.

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