The Horse is poorly and its not looking good...

(99 Posts)
MagicLlama Sat 05-Jan-13 10:34:32

Im gutted. After all that drama with finding him, and deciding to keep him, and everything, for him now to be ill and it looking bad just feels like a punch to the face!

Hes lost the ability to stand, I heard him neighing in the early hours of the morning, and found him down and unable to get up - Vets been out and here since 5am! The Horse is up now, finally after a mass of pain killers from the vet, and us all heaving him up, but hes very wobbly, and hes shaking, and im not confident that hes going to stay up.

Vets gone off now to test bloods, and im supposed to be leaving him The Horse that is to some peace and quiet, because everytime I go to check on him he tries to wobble over to me and he looks like hes about to fall over again.

Theres talk of colic, grass sickness, muscle atrophy or all sorts of things.

I just feel so helpless, and like I should be doing something to help him, and I cant.

And just to add insult to injury for the poor guy, hes not allowed to eat until the bloods come back, so everyone else has been fed but not him! As least he seems bright enough to be annoyed about that which is a plus I guess.

eastendfareast Sat 05-Jan-13 10:48:59

Oh no! I lurked on your last thread and was rooting for The Horse and was so relieved when you decided to keep him. I guess the only consulation is that he's had a happy few weeks with you despite his past, and you are doing everything you can for him now. Keeping fingers crossed he recovers.

N0tinmylife Sat 05-Jan-13 14:18:18

Is this the one you found in your field? So sorry to hear this, sounds awful! I hope the vet comes back with some positive news!

CajaDeLaMemoria Sat 05-Jan-13 14:19:42

Oh no sad

I hope the vet is back with better news soon.

Bloodwork is a good idea. How long has he been with you now? Hopefully if he was on medication for anything when he was dumped that will still show up, so treatment can be started quickly.

I really hope he is okay. He sounded like a wonderful horse, and you are a fantastic person to have taken him on.

horseylady Sat 05-Jan-13 17:07:32

sad oh no. Fingers crossed he's ok.

Pixel Sat 05-Jan-13 17:12:31

That's rotten luck after all that's happened. Hope he'll be ok.

FancyPuffin Sat 05-Jan-13 17:21:01

<Fingers crossed he's just a big drama queen and has a simple tummy upset>

gordyslovesheep Sat 05-Jan-13 17:48:23

Oh no sad crossing everything for him that things improve x

Officedepot Sat 05-Jan-13 18:05:39

So sorry to hear that, thinking about you and hoping for the best

Mitchy1nge Sat 05-Jan-13 18:21:27

sad hope is not grass sickness or any other horrible thing sad keep us posted, lots of love x

Loshad Sat 05-Jan-13 18:36:45

oh no, poor horse sad hope that isn't why he was dumped in the first place

MagicLlama Sat 05-Jan-13 20:07:17

Hey everyone, thanks for the responses.

The Horse is still with us. There seems to have been some improvement, all though hes not right iyswim? He had a stronger dose of painkillers this afternoon, and vet is returning in the morning to assess some more. His heart rate is still accelerated, and hes trembling, and is still wobbly at times, but at least hes up.

Tonight will be the deciding factor, I guess if hes still upright in the morning, then all will be well, if not ...well at least theres no option right.

Bloods were useless, well not useless, but vet said they came back halfway house. He was testing for muscle problems, due to The Horses inability to stand even after the pain killers for the stomach pain were administered this morning, but they have come back showing some damage but not enough to diagnose him with muscle antrophy. He seems brighter, hes alert and isnt flank watching anymore, but I know hes not right, and I wonder how much is the painkillers and how much is whatever it is getting better.

Ive been out to him just, and I feel sick. Hes OK, but I dread going out in the morning and seeing whats there. After everything I cant believe the bastard horse might die on me!

CatPussRoastingOnAnOpenFire Sat 05-Jan-13 21:54:38

Oh no! I really hope he's ok. Crossing everything for him!

Zazzles007 Sat 05-Jan-13 23:20:08

Oh Magic, I have been watching your other thread, and am gutted for you! Everything here is crossed for The Horse as well.

ThatVikRinA22 Sat 05-Jan-13 23:24:12

how awful - i hope he is doing better in the morning.

fortyplus Sat 05-Jan-13 23:30:00

Fingers & hooves crossed! I once lost 2 young horses to grass sickness within 4 days of eachother and it wasn't like this - and hopefully it's the wrong time of year too.

ThatVikRinA22 Sun 06-Jan-13 14:01:56

how is he today magic?

Any news Magic? It's awful when you know they're not right, but when you don't know what it is. Praying for some good progress from him today.

gordyslovesheep Sun 06-Jan-13 15:58:01

just seeing if there is any news x still crossing everything

NatashaBee Sun 06-Jan-13 16:04:35

Poor thing hmm I remember your other thread, hope he pulls through.

PoshPenny Sun 06-Jan-13 17:07:53

Oh Magic how awful for you after all that you've been through. I'm taking your "radio silence" as not a good omen. Poor horse, perhaps that was why he got dumped with you in the first place? I wish you all the very best xxx

MagicLlama Sun 06-Jan-13 19:00:16

Sorry everyone. Todays just been shit.

Hes not good, but vet is apparently limited in what he can do without referring The Horse to the equine hospital, however he is also loathe to do that given how unsteady The Horse is and there is lots of concern about how he would travel.

Currently his symptoms are:
- colic - well hes watching his flanks indicating stomach pains - however his guts are still turning over, so its not surgial colic thank goodness.
- inability to use his back legs - his back legs are very unsteady and every step he takes hes very wobbly but does eventually stabilise.
- tremors - you can see him shaking as hes standing up.
- elevated heart rate - its 56 which is high but not massively so.

However on the plus
Hes still with us
Hes alert and responsive
He fought like a demon when the vet tried to insert a tube up his nose so hes feeling frisky!

Vets taken another set of bloods this evening, and will do further tests and let me know. Currently all we seem to be doing is drugging him with pain killers and just seeing how he goes. Hes not been allowed to eat since yesterday morning, so hes miserable as hell. Vets allowed him to have a very small quantity of soaked hay tonight because the little beggar has started eating his bedding, but hes obviously not happy with him eating. Hes been given a strong dose of injected painkillers, and vet will be back tomorrow to see how hes doing, but vet has said today that really by tomorrow morning it will hae been 48 hours and if there is no improvement we might have to consider letting him go. sad

CatPussRoastingOnAnOpenFire Sun 06-Jan-13 19:02:32

Poor baby. Could he have damaged his back?

ThatVikRinA22 Sun 06-Jan-13 19:10:00

sad just as he landed on his hooves as well, i really do hope he pulls through. poor boy.
and poor you. what a roller coaster youve had with him magic

Pixel Sun 06-Jan-13 19:18:06

Could he possibly have eaten something poisonous? There is a load of stuff on our vet's website. I've only skimmed it because it appears to have been written by someone who doesn't believe in punctuation hmm but I saw muscle tremors and elevated heartrate mentioned among other things. I just wondered because his symptoms seemed to come on quite suddenly didn't they.

FancyPuffin Sun 06-Jan-13 19:24:35

It almost sounds like ragwort poisoning but would have shown on the bloods (lived damage)

It does sound like some kind if poisoning sad

Poor horse sad and poor Magic this must awful for you

gordyslovesheep Sun 06-Jan-13 19:41:30

Poor horse - thinking of you and keeping everything crossed xxxx

fortyplus Sun 06-Jan-13 20:07:23

Thinking of you and Horse. Horses can be so heartbreaking - I really hope he pulls through

horseylady Sun 06-Jan-13 20:11:05

Hugs really hope you get a good recovery.

D0G Sun 06-Jan-13 20:14:17

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Masterchuff Sun 06-Jan-13 20:26:30

Hoping he pulls through.

MummyO4 Sun 06-Jan-13 22:12:59

sounds like a nightmare for you and the poor horse! - Has your vet considered Azoturia? some of the symptoms sound very similar. I hope it all turns out well. Fortunately, he sounds as though he is a fighter! Good luck!

Zazzles007 Sun 06-Jan-13 23:24:35

Everything here is still crossed in hopes that The Horse pulls through. He is a fighter, so you have that on your side.

Wishing you and The Horse all the luck in the world! sad

alwaysGOLD Mon 07-Jan-13 13:13:37

Oh no!! I really wish him well, i hope he pulls through, esp after what the pair of you went through x

MagicLlama Mon 07-Jan-13 15:06:51

The Horse is no longer with me.

Hes gone downhill last night despite seeming to have perked up a bit yesterday. He collapsed again in the early hours of this morning, and on the advice of the vet ive had to let him go.

I just dont know what to do with myself. Hes only been here a short time but already the place seems wrong without him.

I just remember him looking so confused, trying to get back up to his feet, and hed get into sitting and then just crash down again, and I couldnt do anything.

50BalesOfHay Mon 07-Jan-13 15:19:43

Oh Magic, I'm so sorry. At least he had a good home with you, and you've done evreything you could for this poor horse, including taking the brave, and right decision for him at the end.

FancyPuffin Mon 07-Jan-13 15:20:31

I'm so so sorry Magic sad

At least he spent his final months with a lovely owner being cared for.

Oh magic, I am so so gutted for you, will you get an autopsy done? Glad he spent his last few weeks being well cared for sad

MagicLlama Mon 07-Jan-13 15:28:46

It sucks. It just sucks.

On one hand I know that it was probably the right decision for him, he was in pain, scared, and there didnt seem much hope of an improvement without somehow being able to do further investigations which we couldnt because of how unstable he was, but I just feel like I could/should have done something more for him.

I dont know what that something was, but I just feel like it should have been something

Oh Magic - only just seen your thread and your terrible news.

Having a quiet weep for you and The Horse.


You did the kindest thing. As flight animals and it must be so scary for horses to be unable to even stand up.

Where you with him to the end?

<I am now torturing myself - feel free to ignore me>

Pixel Mon 07-Jan-13 15:37:38

So sorry. It's amazing how quickly they worm their way into your heart isn't it? You did the right thing, it doesn't sound as if there was really a choice for any decent owner.

gordyslovesheep Mon 07-Jan-13 15:37:39

oh how sad sad you did absolutely the right thing but I understand how awful it feels - be kind to yourself - you took him on, you cared for him and he was happy xxxx

MagicLlama Mon 07-Jan-13 15:38:22

Yes I was with him. Although I was so upset im not sure how calming I was too him, but he was just so scared, and I let him down. I should have been able to make him better, and he seemed brighter yesterday, I thought he might make it. I knew he wasnt right, but he seemed perkier and more himself. Stupid horse even got through the "critical" time of the first 12 hours, and then fell down at the last hurdle of the 48 hour mark. Just fucking typical of him, always tricking you into thinking hes going to behave and then just at the last second pulling of something daft! Bastard Horse. Yard is just empty without him. Ive got to go fetch all the others in, and I just cant.
Ive sat with him in there since 3am, and yet now ive come back in I just dont want to go out again. His stables there empty and its just wrong.

I echo your senitment of Bastard Horse - Well - Bastard Animals - they break your bloody heart don't they.

PoshPenny Mon 07-Jan-13 15:43:14

Oh Magic Lama, I am SO SO sorry for you. What rotten bloody luck sad Sending you a masssive hug xxx

From what I've read on here, I think you did the right and decent thing by him, I don't think you could have done any more for him in the circumstances. To my mind to let him go and stop the suffering when you did was the right thing to do.

Lots of love from me and mine.

MyDogEatsPoop Mon 07-Jan-13 15:49:17

Oh. Tears here too. You were so lovely to him - I read all of his thread in one go, hoping you were going to keep him, and I'm so glad you did. He probably had the best time he'd ever known with you looking after him. So sorry it's ended so soon, but you made him a very very happy horse.

RayBansWife Mon 07-Jan-13 15:58:55

Very very sorry to hear this.
You were very brave and decent to keep him and care for him.
Thinking of you

ThatVikRinA22 Mon 07-Jan-13 17:02:25

oh magic im so sorry. You gave him a lovely home and you did the right thing - im pretty sure that if the vet could have done anything else for him then they would have done. You made the right decision - i dont see what else you could do for him.

(gentle hugs)

Oh I'm sorry, that stinks. It's horrid, really horrid, but you have to console yourself that you did absolutely the best you could for him from the moment he arrived to the moment he left you. It won't feel like it now, you are full of "what ifs", but you have been his saviour and given him a few weeks full of love and care, and the best possible attention when he was poorly. Just think what might have been if it hadn't been your field he found himself in. They give so much, that when they're gone it's a huge gap, but the last thing he would have known is being loved and treasured. Have a good weep in someone else's mane, we had to have out kitty pts earlier this week and I wept buckets into a very understanding, although slightly confused dpony's fur. Well done you for being so brave and trying so hard.

oldqueenie Mon 07-Jan-13 17:37:55

Have followed your story on here op but not posted before. So sad to read what has happened. He was so lucky to find someone like you to care for him though after being passed around and unloved. Do you think the reason he was dumped was ill health, that this was a recurrence of some long standing problem sad

horseylady Mon 07-Jan-13 17:54:59

Hugs. Hard hard decision, but the right one.

I’ll lend you for a little while my grandest foal, He said.
for you to love while he’s alive and mourn when he is dead.
It may be one or twenty years, or days or months, you see,
but will you, till I take him back, take care of him for me?
He’ll bring his charms to gladden you, and should his stay be brief,
you’ll have treasured memories as solace for your grief.
I cannot promise he will stay, since all from earth return,
but there are lessons taught on earth I want this foal to learn.
I’ve looked the wide world over in my search for teachers true.
And from the throngs that crowd life’s lanes, with trust, I’ve chosen you.
Now will you give him total love, not think the labor vain,
nor hate me when I come here to take him back again?
I know you’ll give him tenderness and love will bloom each day,
and for the happiness you’ve known, forever grateful stay
But should I come and call for him much sooner than you’d planned,
you’ll brave the bitter grief that comes, and someday, understand.

CatPussRoastingOnAnOpenFire Mon 07-Jan-13 19:59:32

<<Crying>> Oh Magic. I am so sorry this has happened. You did everything you possibly could for the boy. Its the best thing you can do in the end to let them go. {{hug}} Just think what his end might have been if you hadnt given him a home.

MagicLlama Mon 07-Jan-13 20:27:51

I feel really numb about it at the moment, which is odd because I cried my way through doing the others who kept looking at me as if I was going insane

I know it was the best thing for The Horse, but I just keep thinking, but if Id tried this, or maybe if id just waited a bit longer, but then I dont know.

Me and vet did wonder if maybe something like this has happened before which is why he ended up "lost, but its difficult because we still dont actually know what it was - it came on so suddenly, and it was literally like he lost the ability to co-ordinate his back legs, they worked, he could move them on the floor, just not use them to get him up.

Hes at peace and pain and fear free now I guess, just us left behind trying to get our heads round it. Getting the feed, buckets, the hay net, mucking out, everything tonight was just wrong. Hes not even been here 2 months - how can he have changed everything in that time?

Hes being cremated and coming home to be scattered in the woods, and I think ill feel better when hes back here where he belongs.

MagicLlama Mon 07-Jan-13 20:30:08

Its odd, how quickly you get attached to them really isnt it, which I suppose is the root of why im taking it oddly.

I feel like he was here forever, he was part of our little herd, wed sussed out his quirks, and he was so affectionate we just adored him. Add to that the drama of his story of moving from a to b to c you couldnt help but just want to hug him tight and look after him. Yet at the end I could do nothing, and I wasnt even prepared for it.

CatPussRoastingOnAnOpenFire Mon 07-Jan-13 20:33:17

You were a gift to each other.

mrslaughan Mon 07-Jan-13 20:33:22

I am so sorry is the hardest thing, we had to put our cat down recently...he was a cat we didn't want, weren't going to keep, but he wound himself around our hearts, then cost us a fortune (he developed a heart condition that involved alot of nursing) and then my husband and I had to take that terrible...and then our house just seemed and still does seems so empty without him.
It just seems so unfair.....

alwaysGOLD Mon 07-Jan-13 21:34:34

Im so sorry sad you done the best for him,
At least you gave him the most happiness in his life time hes probaly ever known since you found him

Loshad Mon 07-Jan-13 21:39:22

So sorry to hear this, poor horse sad

CMOTDibbler Mon 07-Jan-13 21:59:42

I'm really sorry to hear that Horse has gone.

D0G Mon 07-Jan-13 22:00:41

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Mitchy1nge Mon 07-Jan-13 22:03:14

oh no

that's just not fair, I'm sorry you didn't get the opportunity to do all the things you wanted with him. I wish it had all worked out very differently. xxx

Oh ffs Horseylady

sad sad sad

(Did anyone watch the Horse Hoarder tonight?)

Mitchy1nge Mon 07-Jan-13 23:32:25

A bit. sad I saw the dead foal while I was reading this thread, volume was low so couldn't hear much but it looked as though his living conditions should have been the primary concern. Except the outside bath with a little fire underneath, that looked cool!

fortyplus Mon 07-Jan-13 23:47:45

Sorry to hear this. It's always so hard to have a horse put down whatever the circumstances. You did your best xx

sanityawol Tue 08-Jan-13 00:11:50

Magic - I've lurked on your threads and I'm so sorry to hear about the Horse. He was very lucky to come to you. We had a rotten year last year with losing both dog and pony to unexpected illnesses, and the hard part is not having definitive answers as to why.

I'm not trying to be alarmist, but were you aware of this story?

I'm only really aware as it is a localish story, but according to some of the signs are as follows

The signs of neurologic EHV-1 infection range from mild hind limb ataxia (lack of coordination) to urine dribbling and inability to void the bladder properly, loss of sensation around the tailhead and thighs, weakness in the hind limbs severe enough to cause difficulty in rising, and weakness severe enough that the horse may dog sit or lie down without being able to stand up at all.

Our vet diagnosed a pelvic fracture in our mare, but in the absence of xrays, hindsight makes you wonder. (Pony was put to sleep in July, news story was later in year)

Apologies if I am speaking nonsense, but as it is a virus and you have other horses I just wanted to mention it.

StarsAboveYou Tue 08-Jan-13 00:25:25

Oh magic I'm so sorry for your loss.

Hope things get better for you soon and the rest of your ponies help you through this time.

TwoFacedCows Tue 08-Jan-13 00:26:17

oh! i am so sorry, i read all about him on your other thread. i had my fingers crossed you would keep him.

sorry again for your loss. sad

Callisto Tue 08-Jan-13 09:11:13

So sorry Llama, I really think he was blessed to have ended up in your field because no matter what he went through before he arrived with you, you ensured that he had a happy last couple of months of life. It is such a hard decision to make, big hugs and good karma to you.

dappleton Tue 08-Jan-13 10:30:35


dappleton Tue 08-Jan-13 10:34:03

so sorry, i posted that last message without reading this in full.
I think he was blessed to be with you at the end, you made his last weeks some of the best of his life. So sorry for your loss.

eastendfareast Tue 08-Jan-13 10:48:08

Oh Magic I'm crying here! Poor you and poor Horse but you've been an amazing person to take him in and care for him like you did. Whatever his past, he was meant to find you and I'm so glad he did. Hope the next few days are ok sad

Booboostoo Tue 08-Jan-13 15:35:34

I am so sorry for your loss. He was lucky to have found you and you did a good thing giving him love and care at the end of his life.

hellymelly Tue 08-Jan-13 15:41:11

Magic I am so sorry. I posted when you first found him. You sound a lovely person, he was lucky to have you if only for a short time.

Nuttyfilly Tue 08-Jan-13 15:43:10

Im so sorry! What an awful shame after everything. Hugs to you

CajaDeLaMemoria Tue 08-Jan-13 17:05:12

I did wonder about EHV-1. It's quite common for infected horses to be ditched, at least round here.

Oh gosh this has had me in floods. I'm very glad he had you for the last months of his life, because he clearly touched you, and he seemed to warm to you instantly. He was happy, and that means so much, in the end.

I'm so very sorry that he's gone, though. Look after yourself.

MummyO4 Wed 09-Jan-13 10:31:18

Very, Very Sad. You should only be proud of yourself for helping this poor horse at his end. I would imagine that his previous owners knew he was ill and dumped him with you because they probably couldn't afford the vets bills etc. You did what a true animal lover would do and you gave it your all. Thank goodness they chose you. Hold your head high and know that you saved his suffering and were able to be there for him to make the right decision to save him from anymore pain. Bless you!

KiwiJude Wed 09-Jan-13 19:51:41

So sorry Magic, I only found MN yesterday and your other thread about The Horse this morning. After all the moving from place to place he was lucky enough to end up in your paddock and became a part of your family. Part of taking animals into our home and heart means that sometimes we have to make hard decisions that are best for them and that's what you did. Godspeed The Horse. Hugs!

CaroleService Wed 09-Jan-13 21:34:40

Oh no!

Mitchy1nge Fri 11-Jan-13 07:45:51

been thinking of you lots magic, sending you love x

yani Fri 11-Jan-13 14:24:10

Oh Magic, I've only just found this thread.

So sorry, It's heart-breaking being with your horse as they are pts.

You have been a fantastic owner to him, he knew you loved him which is why he kept trying to walk towards you.

In time, you will be able to realise what a massive difference you made to that horse.

I'm very sorry that his story ended here. sad

MinnieBar Fri 11-Jan-13 17:27:11

So sorry that this is how it all ended. I'm sure it's not much consolation, but I can't help but feel it's better that he ended his life somewhere he was loved and cared for, rather than with people who clearly didn't give a toss.

MagicLlama Fri 11-Jan-13 17:56:20

Thanks for everyones kinds thoughts.

I feel a bit of an idiot, as im still really emotional about it all. I reread that flippin poem by horseylady and sobbed my eyes out - although it is a lovely poem! I veer between thinking I should have done more for him, and that maybe if id just tried something else - he was insured thank god so the cost element could have gone on for a bit longer - to thinking that maybe this was why he was dumped, and at least hes had a couple of months being spoilt rotten and pampered and that difficult as it was it was the right thing to do and hes at peace now.

I said to DS the other day that the downside of having animals is that they often die before we do, and that we have to remember that the joy of owning them even for a short while is worth the pain of letting them go - but right now it doesnt feel like it - i feel about 3 again instead of 30 - i just want to wail its not fair grin

We are going to plant something in the garden in memory of him, next to my honeysuckle, which is what we planted when my last pony died (9 years ago) so i need to think of a plant / flower that reminds me of him and then his ashes will be back and we will spread them round the forest, and he can roam free forever more grin

yani Fri 11-Jan-13 18:55:14

Magic -I'm no gardener, but how about a plant/shrub that blooms or changes colour around the time he entered your lives?
My neighbour has an amazing plant with stems that go deep red in the Autumn
must ask her what it is called confused

fengirl1 Fri 11-Jan-13 19:09:49

Magic - I read your other thread about The Horse with great interest. I'm sorry he had to be PTS hmm. You shouldn't feel bad about anything - you took him in and cared for him when no-one else could or would.

winniesmum Fri 11-Jan-13 19:57:30

I too have read your threads and agree with fengirl1, you did a great thing and helped restore my faith in people! I'm so sorry for your loss.

kayb0 Fri 11-Jan-13 20:07:23

Hey Magic, I've only just joined this forum and have just read this thread. - As someone who lost a beloved horse through colic a few years ago, I feel your pain. - It's totally sh*t isn't it!? - But you did the right thing and the horse had a lovely last few weeks. Sadly, as animal owners, one of the crappy things is us being responsible for not only the quality of their lives but the dignity and comfort of their deaths; you did him proud.

Plomino Fri 11-Jan-13 23:51:16

Oh magic I'm so so sorry . You did your best for him , giving him your time, love and attention , and a safe home . He was fortunate indeed to have found you , even if it was only for a little while . An awful lot of horses don't have anything like that kind of luck.

Please don't feel like an idiot . I lost my first pony two years ago at the age of 35 after having her for over 30 years . It was completely unexpected , in fact she had just been green lighted by the vet for exercise after a horrific field accident , when I went out to give her breakfast , and found her collapsed in her stable . When I went in to check her , she knocked me over, and ran out into the field , only to collapse again. And then did it again, and again whilst waiting for the vet . When she got here , she did it again , and when she was laying down with her head in my lap , she looked me in the eye and whuffled , and I knew what had to be done . She went by injection , with her head in my lap . Even now , typing this , I confess my keyboard is decidedly blurry . And I did an awful lot of wailing then .

As I said to DS1 on the day , we have to make these choices BECAUSE we love them . I didn't want to be frightened of finding her collapsed , trapped in her stable , or dying in pain and fear . Even the vet and my farrier ( my next door neighbour) were a bit choked.

Her ashes are under the pear tree she used to strip all the pears off when she thought we weren't looking , and one of her shoes is on the gable of our new stable yard , because she'll never ever be forgotten . And nor will your boy .

Bloody horses .

Oh magic, The Horse touched all of us here on MN - as did your care of him. He sounded such a lovely boy, and I'm only sorry that his stay was so short.

MagicLlama Sat 12-Jan-13 08:25:30

offs plomino im in bloody tears reading the story of your girl. sad

Bastard animals ... I wouldnt be without them though, DS suggested I get a tortoise as that will outlive me, and then I wont be sad when it dies - maybe I should give it some thought!

50BalesOfHay Sat 12-Jan-13 10:42:36

I'd pay good money to see you riding your tortoise, Magic. Get one of those giant ones.

countingto10 Sat 12-Jan-13 10:45:32

Just caught with this heartbreaking update. Please take comfort from the fact that you gave him more love, care and attention in his last two months of life than he had previously and you did not let him down in the end when the most awful and most important decision had to be made.

Horses are such spiritual animals and get right through to your soul. There's a saying that a man who cannot cry for a horse is no man at all smile.

Wolfiefan Sat 12-Jan-13 10:50:50

I am so so sorry for your loss. I have only just found this but I saw the thread where you found him.
Perhaps he found you. A person to treat him well and do everything you could for him including that last and hardest decision. You did everything you could and I have no doubt that his time with you was his most cherished.
I don't care if this is unMN. Sending you hugs and pony cuddles.

<Never even met the bloody horse but off for a little weep emoticon>

countrykitten Sat 12-Jan-13 20:30:01

So very sorry about the Horse. He sounded wonderful and you gave him the best of everything when others had failed him. I know exactly what you mean about feeling better when he is back with you where he belongs.

Magic llama, I think you have done the very best for Horse since he came to you, and no one can ask more. He was fortunate to have you to take care of him, and make the best decision for him at the end.

QOD Sun 13-Jan-13 13:49:10

Oh nooooo

Poor you sad

horsemadmom Sun 13-Jan-13 16:55:10

ML, you are a heroine. It doesn't make the loss easier but, know that we all think you are amazing.

Paddlinglikehell Mon 14-Jan-13 22:10:01

Just found this, and was so impressed that you took him on and did right by him in your other thread.

Horse was lucky to find you. Maybe it was meant to be. One thing is that he had a lovely last few weeks, with someone who could make that decision for him when it came and there is no doubt from what he had gone through, it was the right one.

It's still crap though. x

FrankellyMyDearIDontGiveADamn Tue 15-Jan-13 22:22:39

I'm so sorry to read this Magic sad

I have to say the list of symptoms, etc sound very similar to what happened to one of Nicky Henderson's horses a few months ago. SPIRIT SON was found collapsed in his stable and unable to stand, they think it was a virus that apparently a lot of horses carry without showing signs. You can read his story on this forum thread

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