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Sorry to post Atilla passed away last night. The vet said there wasn't anything that could have been done that wasn't. Like I said this is our first horse. We took him in as a rescue and he was very thin. We have had him for over a year and he had come around a great deal and was a big healthy horse before now. He had thinned some over the winter but nothing drastic. We got him vaccinated including west nile. I'm really at a loss. Thanks for all your prayers and thoughts. The vet stated the same if he was able to get up he would have. They were going to lift him with a wrecker sling this morning but he passed before they could. The vet said it wouldn't had made a difference that he was up.
 

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You need to get someone out ASAP. You said he is trying to get up but can't. Spooking him and dragging him out isn't going to work. You need to find out why he isnt getting up.
Amen.

Come on people. Do you seriously think spooking a down horse is a good idea? What if he had a broken leg? Or had pinched nerve in his spine?

OP - I'm sorry for your loss.
 

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I'm very sorry for your loss. I started to post a response last night but thought at that point it would have been to late. I agree with mls regarding spooking a down horse. I would have suggested stacking haybales along the horses back to help keep him in an upright position. Then I would have suggested a backhoe w/ two tow straps to get him up. I used that technique with my old black horse and was lucky enough to have it work. I'm only posting suggestions now in case someone happens along that is having the same issue, maybe they can learn from your loss.

One thing you should know is that if you took this horse in as a rescue and brought it back to health and gave it love and care over the last year, then you did that horse the biggest favor and it died knowing it was loved. That is what matters.

Sometimes with rescues, you don't know what damage is on the inside from abuse and neglect. I'm thankful for people like you who take in animals in need. I'm sorry for your loss.
 

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I am really sorry for your loss. Will be praying for you and your family.
 

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Sorry you lost your boy. You did everything you could. Sometimes everything just isn't enough when its their time. Bless you for rescuing him. I'm sure he lived longer than he would have if you hadn't.
 

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I am very sorry for your loss.

Please let this be a warning to anyone - if a horse is down and won't or cannot get up, call the vet immediately, and don't stop with treatment until you have answers. A horse that is down that long doesn't have a big chance of survival.
 

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One thing you should know is that if you took this horse in as a rescue and brought it back to health and gave it love and care over the last year, then you did that horse the biggest favor and it died knowing it was loved. That is what matters.
You've said it all, Farmpony.

So sorry for your loss, JWainscott1 :cry:.
 

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Sorry for your loss. It's always hard no matter what. Just think that he had may be the best year in his life - with love and care.
 

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What did the vet say happened exactly?

I'm a sorry for your loss. I'd recommend getting better educated about horses before getting another one. If that seems harsh then I am sorry for that too.

You said this horse went down on Sunday. You came to this board on Tuesday. The vet should have been there the second that horse could not get up not trying to call two days later. If I am misunderstanding and he was there on Sunday, you should have called him again when the horse went down.

If the horse was showing signs of weakness and illness it should never have been in the muddy area where it would have risked falling in the first place.

Find a local horse facility and volunteer there to get more experience with horses. They are certainly the best thing a person have but you have to really understand what it means to take care of them.
 

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I did not wait until Tuesday to talk to the vet. When I came to this forum he was already on meds for two days. I was just asking for advice on getting him up. He did not show signs of illness before he went down. He was not in a muddy area where he fell in the mud. It rained for three days and was to wet to drive back.
 

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I thought you had said he had been down since Sunday. I saw that the vet had given you meds and instructed you to try and get him up. But two days of the horse being down (which is what your post seemed to insinuate) was too much and the vet should have been called right away to get out there and get the horse up.

How could he not be in a muddy area where he fell in the mud? There's probably more details then what we've been told and maybe that's why it seems questionable.

I would most certainly not work with the same vet. That guy should have bent over backwards to get to your horse with such a serious situation.

I am really sorry for what happened. It just seems like something could have been done. It's a tragedy.
 

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In his defense. When my horse went down the vet did the same thing. Gave me meds and told me he should get up on his own... and left.
 

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That's interesting, my vet came right over when I couldn't get my boy up. It turned out he was colicking and it took several of us to get him up.

Either way, it's a very sad ending.
 

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horse can't get up

just now reading about this, I hope your horse is OK, what is the progress?
I know I would be worried and would try everything to get him up
 

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I agree with farm pony, you could not possible no what internal damage your horse could have had with the neglect & or abuse it received. Please do not feel responsible for his passing. You called the vet in a timely manner and followed instructions. It may have just been his time to go.
 
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