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post #1 of 19 Old 12-09-2010, 03:37 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Bad news, need to talk

No one is home right now and I'm stressing out and need some support.

The horse I'm leasing and I have a special bond and I was thinking about purchasing him despite obvious faults (something I never, ever would've considered in the past). I got him in March and he'd been a pasture puff for a while with not more than a couple years of riding on him (he's 10). He muscled okay, but his fitness was pooooor. He had an abnormal sweat patch on his neck which appeared whenever it fancied, and he was eating upwards of 60lbs of grass hay with small percentage of alfalfa every day (I've never seen a horse eat that much). Now he's large 17.3hh and about 1600lbs. But still. He was incredibly stiff on the left rein and no matter how much canter much I seem to do and with a great dressage coach he still was uncoordinated. Since August he's been off due to me getting married, having overseas guests. He was maybe getting ridden once a week. His muscle significantly decreased quickly. He also had edemas on his stomach off and on and puffy joints which I thought was arthritis.
His front leg was very swollen the other day so the vet came out and routinely listened to his heart which turned out to be very, very irregular, 4 to 6 to 8 beats. He took bloods and the results came back today. Low white AND red blood cell count. Since the horse is from Alberta we're doing a Coggins test and if that comes back negative we're going to have to rule out lymphoma next.

ANYONE out there with a horse with both low red and white cell counts? What was the diagnosis and/or how was it treated? I appreciate any responses.
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post #2 of 19 Old 12-09-2010, 03:38 PM Thread Starter
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Oh and you might be wondering why on earth I haven't returned him. It's because I love the beast irrationally and am unsure of his care should he be returned to the owner.
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post #3 of 19 Old 12-09-2010, 04:45 PM
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no idea miss but big big hugs your way!

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post #4 of 19 Old 12-09-2010, 05:47 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks! I'm so worried. I can't imagine him having Coggins or Lymphoma. Either scenerio means death and I love the big oaf. Waiting for the Coggins results (tomorrow or Monday) is horrible. I am hoping other less dangerous conditions can cause a low white and red blood cell count.

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post #5 of 19 Old 12-09-2010, 05:58 PM
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I have no ideas for you, but just wanted to let you know that I'm keeping you guys in my thoughts. I'm happy that even despite the potential diseases he might have, that you are willing to keep him and see him through it. Give him big hugs and let him know that you do care about him. Please keep us posted, and I hope for the best.
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post #6 of 19 Old 12-09-2010, 08:05 PM
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I have no idea either but sending lots of prayers and good thoughts.

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post #7 of 19 Old 12-09-2010, 08:11 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys! I appreciate your thoughts:) I have a nagging feeling it's going to be Coggins. He has a lot of the symptoms, anemia, stomach edemas, legs stocking up, drags his back legs, sleepy, poor keeper. Really hope I'm wrong.

I go in for a laparoscopy tomorrow morning but will keep everyone posted.
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post #8 of 19 Old 12-09-2010, 08:20 PM
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I have no idea if thisis pertinent, but I found it thought provoking (I am a nurse, and my "thoughts" can be a little different sometimes.....)Low WBC & RBC, Depressed - Suggestions? (long) - Horse Forums (HGS)
If you google "decreased equine rbc and wbc" this isone of the results....I was just "playing" a bit.

However, I would think a differential would be helpful. I would at least ask the vet about it if he were mine. I have to say, that with the edema and other stuff going on, I am not liking what I am thinking, but all my points of reference are human. Hugs, and I am truly sorry you are in this situation. It can be tough when they grab your heart. I have always thought that one of the hardest questions, especially with a pet (horse, dog, cat, etc) is? "How
much is enough?" the old "what is my limit" question. We would all love to have endless amounts of $$ and cure them all, but that, unfortunately, is not reality.
Lets take this one step at a time, hope it is not EIA, and go from there.

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post #9 of 19 Old 12-09-2010, 08:33 PM
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I have no suggestions either, but I send massive hugs and prayers your way. Best of luck.

There is one principle that should never be abandoned, namely, that the rider must first learn to control himself before he can control his horse. This is the basic, most important principle to be preserved in equitation - Alois Podhajsky
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post #10 of 19 Old 12-09-2010, 08:38 PM
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((((Hugs!)))) Crossing my fingers things turn out okay
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