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post #11 of 32 Old 01-22-2010, 06:07 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys! Here's a random video I took of him like a month ago!

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post #12 of 32 Old 01-22-2010, 06:11 PM
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I'm so sorry to hear that. He is absolutely beautiful. I hope everything works out ok.
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post #13 of 32 Old 01-22-2010, 06:16 PM
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I am so sorry!! My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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post #15 of 32 Old 01-22-2010, 06:48 PM
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That is very sad. He's a beautiful boy! Galahad is a perfect name. I hope his prognosis improves!

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post #16 of 32 Old 01-22-2010, 07:03 PM
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Oh I'm so sorry hun! *HUGS*

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post #17 of 32 Old 01-22-2010, 07:43 PM
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I am so sorry! Sending hugs and I hope things aren't as serious as they are thinking. Will keep you and Galahad in my thoughts and Prayers......

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post #18 of 32 Old 01-22-2010, 08:08 PM
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I am going to assume that the vet found equine melanomas in his sheath area while cleaning him. I don't want to sound callous or anything but unfortunately, that is the curse of a gray horse. Dobe has already had 2 cancers removed and it is only a matter of time before more show up. Most gray horses get them and they do sometimes spread internally though it is harder to track those than it is the ones that show up on the outside. For some reason, they generally appear mostly around the sheath and under the tail. I guess my point is, don't rush into "he must be put down" until you find out exactly what is going on. There is no way to tell what is going on inside Galahad without running a buttload of tests. If the vet found a couple of bumps in his area while cleaning him, that isn't such a catastrophe. Some of them can even be removed, depending on the size and location. So long as he is maintaining weight easily and doesn't seem to be in any pain, don't give him an expiration date yet. I feel your pain, I have been there, but I really suggest that you do some reading up on equine melanomas (I did after Dobe got them). Horses can live for many, many years with melanomas before any real threat to their general health is presented. We had a gray mare years ago that began to get them under her tail when she was about 10 years old. She lived to the ripe old age of 30 and never showed any signs of pain, it just wasn't very attractive.

I'm not trying to second guess your vet cause I haven't actually seen Galahad but I do know that cancer is really common in gray horses and is seldom a death sentence in one so young. It is also impossible to tell without running tests to find out how advanced the condition is, you can't tell by looking. Don't let yourself get down just yet.

Here are a couple of sites that helped me through my stress after my horse had them.

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The Horse | Don't Ignore Melanomas

VMRCVM - The Research Program

All this being said, I do understand what you are going through. I am sending huge hugs for both you and Galahad and wishing you the best of luck.
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post #19 of 32 Old 01-23-2010, 02:40 PM
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That's horrible, especially because he's so young. I'm really sorry. I hope something can be done for him. You just have to hope for the best and brace for the worst. He's so gorgeous, too.
*hugs* :(

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I'm so sorry. Putting animals down is hard. My MFT foundered....we had to put him down, he was in so much pain. I spent lots of time with my other horses....especially my best friend, Arthur. Arthur loved our MFT, Bo, and it was hard on both of us. It's not fair....ever. But the best thing is to never let him suffer. You'll know when he wants to go, and hopefully you'll be able to let him go to horse heaven and be without cancer when he's no longer able to be here. You two are in my prayers

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