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