Hi Taffy - I have an excellent relationship with my vet - he has given me advice, and I am in constant contact with him... he believes George has been a very loved pony who is well over 30 and is simply telling me its about time for him to go. As those who know my postings on her understand, it isn't about the money - I am the first to bring a vet out, from Sarcoids to x-rays when needed....
If I asked him to come, he would. He just doesn't see the point if George isn't in pain, isn't depressed, and isn't feverish or showing any signs of distress. He doesn't see the point in a colic workup for a horse who is eating and passing and is showing no signs of colic. He is almost certain George has Ulcers due to his digestive inefficiency and eating pattern - says I can try Ulcerguard but long term use will be very hard on him... His bottom line is George will let us know, and accepting that and letting him go with dignity instead of wasting away is best for George. Vet asks that over the weekend I coax him with equine senior and beet pulp in very small feedings spread through the day, and see what we get by Monday.
Wallaby - his favorite thing is Equine Senior, and I tried that this morning... there isn't anything he likes better. I just came back in after sitting with him and Daisy and he is leaving it, just following me around, nosing Daisy over the fence, and hanging out. There is absolutely no sign of distress, he just isn't interested.
There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living. - Nelson Mandela