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post #1 of 6 Old 07-08-2011, 10:36 PM Thread Starter
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Medical Mystery

I apologize if this is long .

Lets start back in 2005. The barn I rode at purchased a Belgian Warmblood. She was five years old and barely started. I began to lease her and boy did we click. She was my once in a lifetime horse. She knew what I was asking the second I thought it, just truly amazing. Anyway, flash forward spring of 2006.

She came down with what seemed like a terrible case of colic. We lived at the barn for about three days and she just barely came through. Normal colic symptoms belly kicking, pawing, rolling, biting at sides, what not. When you walked her you had to carry a whip to tap her on the butt to keep her from rolling. It was really rough, but she made it through.

Weeks later, after she recovered, I noticed she would display colic symptoms after I rode her. Normally about 15 minutes of kicking at her belly then she would be fine. We thought it could be cause of the spring grass. So we vowed to keep her off of it in the future.

Summer, fall, winter all go by no problems. Spring of 2007 I notice the kicked starting after the riding. She was not on any grass. The vet came out and found nothing wrong. She only seemed to kick after 30 minutes or so of working so I kept the work short, but one day I come out to the barn and she is sick again.

Same thing as the year before, equally severe. We stayed up all night with her. The following day I was walking her around trying to get her moving to alleviate some cramping and keep her from rolling. We walked for probably five hours that day. Her nose began to bleed slightly. We thought it was a blood vessel that broke from her sneezing.

When the vet makes it out again, she had been out multiples times through out this, she takes one look at her nose and says there is no hope. By the color of the blood she could see that her stomach had ruptured and she needed to be put down immediately.

It was the saddest moment of my life and I still cannot believe the pain she was in but jut continued to walk beside me while we waited for the vet because I asked her too. I know I will never again have that experience with a horse again but I am blessed for the two years I had with her. She passed at the age of seven and I am still unsettled about what caused this. The vet assumed it was a defect since birth that was triggered by something, any thoughts?

Sorry if there are typos no way I am reading back through this
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post #2 of 6 Old 07-08-2011, 10:43 PM
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Someone more knowledgeable on these types of things can help me out, just an idea? Could ulcers be so severe that an artery could rupture and cause gastric bleeding? I know that ulcers can cause kicking and cinchy problems as the acid causes discomfort.

Add to that (and I do realize that horses and people are not even close to the same) but I suffer from ulcers and at their worst, I have coughed up and vomited blood. Bright red blood that ended in me having to have my ulcers cauterized.

Either way, I am sorry for your loss.
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post #3 of 6 Old 07-08-2011, 11:38 PM
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Omg, what a sad story!! I agree with the ulcer possibility....

And I know how you feel .....really.

I had to have our Palomino QH put down two years ago due to an unnamed/unknown illness.

And while we know it won't make it any better, it is still hard to not have a diagnosis to pin the horse's death on.

It may sound trivial to those who haven't experienced it, but knowing WHAT killed your horse, while not changing the facts, is important to the healing process....
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I know they did some time of rectal exam at some point in time that I think checked for ulcers. I don't remember because I did not deal with the vet at all.
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post #5 of 6 Old 07-08-2011, 11:53 PM
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I can't address the health issue, as I don't know, but I am very sorry for your loss.

Originally Posted by Loyalty09 View Post
I know I will never again have that experience with a horse again but I am blessed for the two years I had with her.
It was about 19 years ago when I retired my heart horse to a great friend, she spent her last years in his front yard. I never thought I would have that bond with a horse again, and yet, almost two decades and three horses later it is happening again. While there is no replacement, a similar bond can be found again.
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So sorry to hear about your loss.

I totally understand. I lost two horses to colic. One was healthy one day and sick the next, and the other had intermittent colic episodes similar to your girl until he had such a bad episode we had to put him down.

So I feel your pain. I know I carried around a lot of guilt about my horses dying and never knowing the exact cause. But it honestly does get better with time. When the first one died, I couldn't even think about him without crying.

Now I can think about both of them with fondness and not just think about their loss.

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