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ChagrinSaddlery
Aug. 7, 2003, 08:17 PM
We (Husband,daughter and I) bought a OTTB yesterday. He vetted super clean and was the first horse in like 165 (pre vet exams) that did not have to be tranqed to X-ray. His name is Silver. He is 5 years old, dapple grey and 15.3 hands.

He is really a nice boy. So quiet that my four year old can sit on him.

Anyhow sorry for the long post but I have waited my whole life for my own horse. I am really excited!! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Don't just appear in life, STAR in it!

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Beethoven
Aug. 7, 2003, 08:21 PM
Congrats... http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

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ChagrinSaddlery
Aug. 7, 2003, 08:32 PM
Thanks! The only thing this boy needs is to gain a bit of weight and a bit of training.

We however need a saddle, bridle...etc. Very afraid of the next credit card bill LOL.

Don't just appear in life, STAR in it!

Celebrity
Aug. 7, 2003, 08:41 PM
WOOHOO congrats!!!! And a double congrats cause my first horse was named Silver too!! Although it was a flea bitten grey mare... But still thats fabulous, I am very happy for you! We need to see some pics asap! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Gotta love mares!

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Staish14
Aug. 7, 2003, 08:49 PM
Congrats http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

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Madison
Aug. 7, 2003, 08:53 PM
Congrats! What do you plan to do with him? And yes, we must see pics . . . http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

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ChagrinSaddlery
Aug. 7, 2003, 09:03 PM
Thank you. I can't sleep I am so excited! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

We are going to do a little of everything with him. My husband just started riding (2 months ago) and would like to learn to jump. I would love work towards showing him pre-green and eventually Adult Amy. Daughter is a future pony clubber (according to her G-d Mother LOL)

BTW the horses show name will be Thankles. My husbands name is Les...You figure it out http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/lol.gif

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TB4me2000
Aug. 7, 2003, 10:17 PM
Congrats!

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HopelessHunter
Aug. 8, 2003, 04:40 AM
Congratulations!!!

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Czar
Aug. 8, 2003, 05:57 AM
Pictures, pictures, pictures!!!

You can't tease us with that subject line and than not show us any pics!!! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

FirstCry
Aug. 8, 2003, 06:02 AM
Congrats. It is a awesome feeling when you get your first horse, isn't it. Ya just want to stand next to him and never leave.

"Do not underestimate a horse's pride, or he will dent yours.

LaurieB
Aug. 8, 2003, 06:10 AM
Congratulations! We'd love to see pictures. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Flash44
Aug. 8, 2003, 11:50 AM
Congratrs, I love grays! I cant believe you had to tranq that many horses just to xray them? http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_confused.gif

caffeinated
Aug. 8, 2003, 11:52 AM
congratulations! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

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OMGpony
Aug. 8, 2003, 11:56 AM
Congratulations! The first one is really special!
I LUV dapply greys, can't wait to see pics.

RugBug
Aug. 8, 2003, 12:04 PM
Congratulations!

SillyFilly
Aug. 8, 2003, 01:39 PM
Wow, congrats! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif Can't wait to see pics!

Amy

MistyBlue
Aug. 8, 2003, 01:54 PM
LOL, I love the show name! Thank -Les! Are yo pronouncing it that way? When I first read the name I thought - thankles? http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif
Huge congrats! There's no feeling like your first horse in the whole world! And I think it's fantabulous that it's going to be a family thing, husband wife and daughter all sharing the same hobby.

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ChagrinSaddlery
Aug. 8, 2003, 08:36 PM
Thank you all so much.

Flash: The vet who did the pre-purchase exam said that he had conducted quite a few pre- puchase exams in 2003 and Silver was the first horse that did not require a tranq to stand still.

We had our four year old on him this evening. She had a smile from ear to ear http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

We are also allowing a little girl, who schooled Silver prior to the purchase, to continue working him. She really loves him and cried her eyes out when she found out he was being sold. You should have seen the look on her face when we told her we would like her to continue to work him. It was so awesome. It also doesn't hurt that she is a really talented rider http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/yes.gif

We will post pictures very soon.

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ChagrinSaddlery
Aug. 8, 2003, 08:39 PM
Misty: Yes. It's Thank Les. It's so great to have him be a part of this. He actually posts on this board. His name is Dare2dream.

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Blazingsaddles
Aug. 9, 2003, 05:18 PM
Good for you!!! I waited 22 yrs to get my first horse. I have had her for 11yrs and will keep her the rest of her happy life... others have come and gone but not my first!!!

War Admiral
Aug. 9, 2003, 08:19 PM
I just want to add my congrats, and say that I think it is wonderful and kind of you to let the little girl continue to ride him. Warms my heart!! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

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ChagrinSaddlery
Aug. 10, 2003, 08:49 PM
This is my first attempt to post a link. I hope it works.

This is a picture of our new boy.

http://www.geocities.com/pferdstables/silverother.html

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SillyFilly
Aug. 10, 2003, 08:52 PM
Oh wow, he is a pretty one! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Amy

reppy
Aug. 11, 2003, 05:46 AM
I couldnt see the pictures

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Goofy TB Mare
Aug. 11, 2003, 06:01 AM
What a cutie!!!! Congratulations, I know your excited!!!

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LLS
Aug. 11, 2003, 06:34 AM
Really, really cute.

Fessy's Mom
Aug. 11, 2003, 07:00 AM
Adorable! He looks especially cute over that purple jump. Congrats and enjoy! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

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FirstCry
Aug. 11, 2003, 07:10 AM
http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif I can't see pictures, this is what I got.

"Sorry, this site is temporarily unavailable!
The web site you are trying to access has exceeded its allocated data transfer. Visit our help area for more information. "

waaaaa, i want pictures. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

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SpringBreak
Aug. 11, 2003, 08:22 AM
o la la! i love his coloring, its gorgeous. good luck with your new horse! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

just_me
Aug. 11, 2003, 09:01 AM
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BTW the horses show name will be Thankles. My husbands name is Les...You figure it out http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/lol.gif
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When I first read the name I thought is rhymed with Ankles. I'm assuming the correct pronunciation is like Thankless, which might have a negative conotation to those who don't know that your husband's name is Les. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Congrats on getting Silver. The first one is the dreamhorse, and is very special. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif I got my first horse when I was 22. He's been gone over 20 years and I still miss him.

ChagrinSaddlery
Aug. 11, 2003, 11:09 AM
Just: I agree with you. I may have to re- think the name. It could be perceived as negative.

Thank all of you for the nice comments. I only wish I could see all of your horses as well.

It's so strange to actually own a horse. Decisions to make....turn out with herd or just a buddy, supliments, tack, saddle...a bit overwhelming personally and on the wallet as well LOL http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

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ChagrinSaddlery
Sep. 9, 2003, 04:06 PM
We just found out yesterday that our new horse (owned one month)Silver is in chronic renal failure. He was thin when we purchased him but since we received clean bill of health from the vet (pre-purchase)we just thought it was pretty typical of an OTTB.

This condition is extremely rare (1 in 1000) and is very difficult to catch in early stages.

Our vet is trying to flush Silver's system in hope of ridding his body of whatever toxin is ailing him. We do not have any clue what caused this or how long it has been going on. The fortunate thing is we have a clear history of the horse. We purchased him and board at the barn we found him at.

Our vet (who found the horse) is working round the clock to save his life. He has told us that we will not see a bill.

Silver has a 10% or less chance of coming out of this. At current state, we have been told he may have a week or two left at best.

He seems very normal (happy, alert and playing). This makes it even more difficult.

Please say a prayer for this beautiful animal. I have dreamed of owning this horse my whole life and need a miracle to continue the privilege of being his friend.

Thanks,

Dana and Les

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tatertot
Sep. 9, 2003, 04:41 PM
I am soo sorry to hear that your guy is sick - it is so unfair - I hope that a miracle happens and he is saved- my heart goes out to you and your family- I will say prayers for you and your beautiful horse.

Hopeful Hunter
Sep. 9, 2003, 04:45 PM
OH NO.....

I was reading this and just saw that he is ill. I'm so very, very, very sorry. Know that jingles are coming for all of you.

Linny
Sep. 9, 2003, 04:46 PM
Thats awful. I somehow missed this thread when you were introducing Silver. I feel so bad for you. I am jingling like crazy for him.

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Halfhalting
Sep. 9, 2003, 04:53 PM
Oh no- how awful to hear, and after you just got him http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif You must be giving him lots of love for him to be happy even through this. More jingles going your way...

Goofy TB Mare
Sep. 9, 2003, 04:56 PM
My heart goes out to you...i just came home from the barn upset because we can't get my horse sound. What I'm going through is nothing compared to what you are going through. I'll keep your horse in my prayers and hope a miracle will pull him through.

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Horsaholic
Sep. 9, 2003, 04:58 PM
Oh no.. I was reading the congratulatory posts and then your new message came up.. I am so sorry and I send heartfelt thoughts and prayers to both of you.. I hope your vet finds a cure for him soon.. Stay strong and know that we are jingling for him..

wotan
Sep. 9, 2003, 06:10 PM
I know how quickly you can become attached to an animal.... our first puppy came down with Parvo three days after we brought her home. (She was a pound rescue...so there was a risk.) With the help of a wonderful vet and lots of TLC she pulled through! I hope the vet can find the right answer. Many prayers are coming your way!!

MellowM
Sep. 9, 2003, 06:18 PM
I am so sorry, I will pray that he gets to feeling better. Could you explain what chronic renal failure is? I have never heard of it.

Bugs-n-Frodo
Sep. 9, 2003, 06:46 PM
How awful. I am jingling for you and Silver. I hope he pulls through, I am so sorry.

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SillyFilly
Sep. 9, 2003, 06:47 PM
Oh no, I am so very sorry. Jingles and more, my thoughts are with you!

Amy

Instant Karma
Sep. 9, 2003, 07:10 PM
I am so sorry to hear this horrible news... don't lose hope though, there is still a 10% chance, therefore a glimmer of hope.

You are in my thoughts, let's hope he pulls through. He may surprise you with his will to endure.

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Brydelle Farm
Sep. 9, 2003, 07:13 PM
All of your are in my prayers. Keep us all posted.

As far as what is chronic renal failure? Renal failure is the body's inability to remove toxins. Renal failure can be acute usually caused by infection, hypotension, medications, poisonous plants, etc. and also chronic usually due to unrecognized renal disease. Once the renal values (BUN and Creatinine) begin to change on labwork, 75% of the kidney's function is dead.

Typically in horses, most people don't do routine labwork, so it is difficult to know when this began, how long the values have been changing?

Once the kidneys begin to fail, they can become anemic b/c the kidney releases the hormone to make more red blood cells, also their potassium levels will begin to drop and their phosphorous will rise, making it very difficult to survive.

Typical treatment is fluid therapy, and supplements of erythropoetin, potassium, and medications to reduce their phos. levels.

Please keep us posted on his condition. We are all pulling for him.

Best Wishes

Eqstrn

FrittSkritt
Sep. 9, 2003, 07:28 PM
Lots of jingles for you and Silver! Don't lose hope, there are miracles every day. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

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Simply Christie
Sep. 9, 2003, 08:35 PM
We are pulling for him out here in Colorado. My heart breaks for what you and He are going through. He is so lucky to have you to give him the wonderful care, attention and love he needs. Keep the Faith, Simply Christie

hifi
Sep. 9, 2003, 08:39 PM
I hope your horsie is OK. I will say a special prayer for him!http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

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Baileybff
Sep. 9, 2003, 09:03 PM
OH NO!!! Thoughts, prayers and Jingles coming your way from SC.
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reefy!
Sep. 9, 2003, 09:25 PM
Jingles and hugs from AZ.

I'll add my congrats - he's a pretty horse!

Wishing you all the best miracles.

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BarnSlave24/7
Sep. 9, 2003, 10:14 PM
Some more thoughts and prayers from SC !(I'm in tears)

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ChagrinSaddlery
Sep. 9, 2003, 11:23 PM
Thank you so much for your kind words. They mean more than you will ever know.

I just returned home from the barn. Silver was acting like a "new horse". He was eating up a storm, really perky and happy. It appears that the IV fluids the vet is "flushing" him with are making him feel better.

The vet is going to do a blood test tomorrow morning. This will tell us whether he has regained any kidney function or not. I am praying with every ounce of my being that he has.

I am so scared. I am trying to be optimistic but the intial blood test numbers were so bad. The vet feels we need to decrease by 30% to be out of the woods.

I feel like he just has to be OK. I am having such a difficult time facing the reality of the situation.

I will keep you posted as to what we find out tomorrow. Please pray, I (we) need a miracle.

Dana (and Les too)

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LoriO
Sep. 10, 2003, 12:55 AM
Sending lots of Jingles your way!!! Come on Silver!!!

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ESG
Sep. 10, 2003, 04:17 AM
I'm so sorry for your trouble. I lost my beloved Andalusian stallion six months ago to colic, and I still have trouble talking about it. So naturally, when my ISH gelding got sick a few days ago, I was frantic. Even though it turned out to be nothing serious (just a bug he picked up somewhere, and he was anemic so it smacked him good) he still spiked a 103.8 fever and scared the heck out of me. I didn't sleep for two nights, up and down checking on him.

My heart goes out to you and your family. It's a good thing that your boy looks perkier. It's my experience that they (horses) don't usually say "Fine" when you ask and they're not. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Chin up, lots of good healing thoughts and warm wishes coming your way.

2Dogs
Sep. 10, 2003, 04:51 AM
Jingles jingles jingles - sounds like he is really trying!

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HSM
Sep. 10, 2003, 05:01 AM
Saying prayers and jingling with all my might! We lost a horse (to a freak accident) only 2 weeks after we had purchased him - it was no less painful, so I feel for you. I hope he continues to improve.

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Sep. 10, 2003, 06:00 AM
I'm sending you a bit of my strength. I'm so sorry this has happened - so much goodness and bwam. I feel for you.

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monstrpony
Sep. 10, 2003, 06:06 AM
Wow, what a bummer. Hope he bounces back and you're able to identify what the problem is and get rid of it! Jingling away.

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shmon
Sep. 10, 2003, 06:58 AM
Jingles for Silver from a fellow Ohioan http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

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Magnolia
Sep. 10, 2003, 07:03 AM
Jingle, Jingle -
I'm hoping you'll be in that 10%. He's so cute. And don't forget, all your love can help a bunch!

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Flash44
Sep. 10, 2003, 07:06 AM
I'm so sorry! He is so beautiful. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

It's so strange, I know of a couple formerly healthy/suddenly VERY VERY sick horses that just kind of happened during the past month.

FirstCry
Sep. 10, 2003, 07:13 AM
Jingles from NY.

Thoughts and prayers and a big ((((((((((((((((CYBER HUG))))))))))))))))))))) to you.

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dogchushu
Sep. 10, 2003, 07:24 AM
This is just heart-breaking. I'm so very sorry. I'm saying my prayers for your pretty boy.

redpony
Sep. 10, 2003, 07:28 AM
Jingling like mad my beloved mare's curb chain.

Bumpkin
Sep. 10, 2003, 07:31 AM
Jingle jangle for Silver.

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KJoy
Sep. 10, 2003, 07:36 AM
Oh, gosh. I am so sorry and am praying for you. Jingle, jingle!

sienna&shot's
Sep. 10, 2003, 08:13 AM
I wish you all the best of luck... Hang in there Silver!!! Jingle, jangle..

ChagrinSaddlery
Sep. 10, 2003, 08:19 AM
I would like to thank you again for your kind thoughts and prayers. Miracles do happen.

I just wanted to tell you a bit more about this special boy.

As you know, he just turned 5 years old. He never made it at the racetrack. He just is a laid back boy.

His ears are always forward and perky. They especially perk up when my four-year-old rides him. It's as if he knows she is just a child.

He doesn't bite nor have any vices. He does though get into mischief if you don't watch your belongings. He likes to pick up and throw various items. I kinda like it when he is a little bit naughty. It's really funny.

He is a dream to ride. He warms up for five minutes and then tucks his head and goes in a working frame. He has three wonderful gates and trail rides like a perfect gentleman.

He loves everyone and is loved by all. He is the only horse we looked at when we decided to purchase. It was love at first sight.

If anyone has gone through anything like this and had a horse come out of it, I would love to hear about it. I am still amazed that my boy would be the 1 in 1000 that would have this problem. Why couldn't I just win the lotto?

Thanks for your prayers. Please keep sending them. I will know today what fate will hand us.

Warmest Regards,

Dana
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Justice
Sep. 10, 2003, 09:50 AM
Jingles from CA

He's a beautiful boy, and is lucky to have found such a loving home. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

amble
Sep. 10, 2003, 11:59 AM
Dana - thoughts and prayers for your special horse. Keeping praying for that miracle. Hugs from another dana and all her ponies.

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wimbsy
Sep. 10, 2003, 12:03 PM
http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/sadsmile.gif Jingles for Silver from Canada! He's too cute to be stuck in this position!



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dotmatrix
Sep. 10, 2003, 12:12 PM
Let me add my Jingles from the Northlands for Silver (He is SO cute).
Every little bit helps....Good luck!

2487lyf
Sep. 10, 2003, 12:14 PM
I am so sorry to hear about your new boy. I hope he is that 1 in a 1000... he sure is in every in every other way!

My first pony's name was Silver Belle and she was also a gray! She was 1 in a million!!

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alurker30
Sep. 10, 2003, 12:18 PM
I had an older pony who lost weight and just didn't seem as "perky" any more. The vet came out and did an exam and pulled some blood, then diagnosed him with renal failure. The vet said not to expect him to live more than a couple months at best. We changed his diet to a low protein feed (Omolene 100) and coastal hay. The vet said that the less protien his kidneys had to process, the better. Five years later Purina came out with their Senior feed and our vet recommended changing him to the Senior. Not too long after we changed he feed, he coliced and had to be put down. In retrospect, I think that he did not deal well with the change in grain, but who knows, maybe it was just his time. I do wonder if he might have continued to live happily if we had never changed his feed. So, the point of my story is that this retired (not ridden) pony lived happily for five years after diagnosis on a low protien diet. He stayed slim, but not skinny. Sometimes he would act a little depressed, but most of the time he was perfectly fine - you never would have known that he was ill.

HopelessHunter
Sep. 10, 2003, 02:31 PM
Oh no! I'm jingling like mad here for the handsome boy. Whatever you do, don't give up hope, and remember all your friends from COTH are there for you! Waiting for the next update...hope it's a good one. Take care,

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findeight
Sep. 10, 2003, 02:43 PM
I am very sorry for you and glad our vet is picking up the bills here.

Just curious...did you get a blood panel on that pre vet?
Sometimes OTTBS raced or not, are subject to a ton of drugs and neutraceuticals(sp?).

Hope the flushing gets that crap out of his system...good luck to you. So hard to take on any animal and find there are dire and life threatening conditions.

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mrgan182
Sep. 10, 2003, 03:13 PM
sending millons of Jingles for your boy, many prayers as well
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ChagrinSaddlery
Sep. 10, 2003, 04:54 PM
Just curious...did you get a blood panel on that pre vet?

Yes, we did get "baseline" bloodwork. He should be anemic due to the lack of kidney function. This would have prompted a more detailed set of bloodwork. The baseline blood work tests all the major area's of blood. This test came back normal as can be. It is still normal today. The detailed set came back completely out of whack (high calcium...etc)

My best friend of 12 years is a horse owner and trainer. She has a degree in equine studies and is just a guru. She is also out of the country right now. I feel so lost. I really feel like I need to talk to someone outside of the barn. I don't know whether to call her and alert her to this or leave it until she returns home. There are so many things to consider. What are your thoughts?

Sharing your hope,

Dana

Don't just appear in life, STAR in it!

ChagrinSaddlery
Sep. 10, 2003, 05:00 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by alurker30:
I had an older pony who lost weight and just didn't seem as "perky" any more. The vet came out and did an exam and pulled some blood, then diagnosed him with renal failure. The vet said not to expect him to live more than a couple months at best. We changed his diet to a low protein feed (Omolene 100) and coastal hay. The vet said that the less protien his kidneys had to process, the better. Five years later Purina came out with their Senior feed and our vet recommended changing him to the Senior. Not too long after we changed he feed, he coliced and had to be put down. In retrospect, I think that he did not deal well with the change in grain, but who knows, maybe it was just his time. I do wonder if he might have continued to live happily if we had never changed his feed. So, the point of my story is that this retired (not ridden) pony lived happily for five years after diagnosis on a low protien diet. He stayed slim, but not skinny. Sometimes he would act a little depressed, but most of the time he was perfectly fine - you never would have known that he was ill.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Thank you for sharing your story. I am staying status quo for right now with feed (save the alfalfa hay). I feel that if I make to many changes it will complicate things more. If the outcome is positive, I will slowly transition him to low protein. If it is negative, I will feed him apples, carrots and multi grain cherios all day. I just want him to be happy and not live his last days with yucky food or somber people

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Brydelle Farm
Sep. 10, 2003, 05:13 PM
num1train-

I would definitely talk to your vet about changing his diet to a low protein diet, this isn't always possible but definitely is helpful. It is very difficult for the kidney to process proteins and will put more stress on his kidneys.

Aggressive fluid therapy is his best bet, this will only lower the toxins (BUN and Creatinine) but won't regain any of the function already lost, it will just help him feel better.

Not all renal failures are anemic, it depends on alot of things, but typically yes, chronic renal failure patients will be anemic b/c the kidney releases erythropoetin which is a hormone that stimulates red blood cell production.

Typically, the basic two types of labwork are a CBC (Complete Blood Count) which tells you about the red blood cells, white blood cells and platlets. and then there is the chemistry panel, which tells you about kindey function (BUN, Creatinine), Liver function, (ALT, Alk Phos), Gastric function, electrolytes (Na, K, and Cl) etc.

Hang in there and we will all keep praying for a quick recovery.

Please feel free to contact me via email @ eqstrn@earthlink.net if you want to talk more. I am a vet tech and a horse trainer, so would be happy to talk to you.

Best Wishes,

Eqstrn

BethG
Sep. 11, 2003, 12:36 PM
Bumping this up to see how things are today. I read the thread late yesterday, and cried tears for you! Your story is one of the more heartbreaking one's I've read. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

I'm hoping Silver is beating the odds and moving towards recovery.

Jingles in California!

Beau Peep
Sep. 11, 2003, 01:20 PM
Oh no! I know that when I got my pony, even that night there was a possibility she wouldn't vet out, and if she didn't we wouldn't have gotten her. So I know that even though you just got him, it is a heartbreaker. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif LOTS of jingles and prayers from NC!

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ChagrinSaddlery
Sep. 11, 2003, 04:50 PM
We received the blood test results.

There was an overall 10% improvement in numbers. While this is good, it isn't good enough to save his life.

My vet wants to flush his system one more time in hopes of additional improvement. This is more of a last ditch effort to just do "something".

Once a horse or anyone enters "chronic" renal failure, there is really no turning back. The kidneys are not like the liver. They do not heal once they have been damaged.

I have accepted the fate of my darling boy. Since Tuesday night, he has started to fade a bit. He looked very "glossy" today and has gone off his hay. He still continues to eat grain though.

I put my four-year-old on him (bareback) today. He seemed to like this. She was so happy to ride her horsy. I feel like this was the last time she will ride him.

I have also made a decision to keep the final result quiet. I do not want anyone at my barn treating him like he is dying. I feel like if they do, he will stop fighting. The barn knows he is seriously ill and like this board, they are helping him fight. I will go down fighting for him and this (fill in the blank) disease.

In all likelihood, he has two weeks at the most. I did not believe that on Tuesday. I do believe it is a very real possibility today.

I will update you again as soon as I can.

Thank you for listening and understanding. Your support has helped so much.

Dana

Don't just appear in life, STAR in it!

cgn38
Sep. 11, 2003, 04:55 PM
I am so sorry for you and your guy. My tears are flowing for you both. Take heart in the fact that you are giving him great care and love and comfort - and I am sure he feels secure and comfortable because of all of your great care. I am saying prayers for him...

sss
Sep. 11, 2003, 04:59 PM
Wow, I can't believe how well-spoken you are on your experiences and thoughts. I'm terribly sorry this happened, and I'm hoping for that chance he makes it!

Baileybff
Sep. 11, 2003, 05:05 PM
This day depresses me anyway...this does not help at all. I am SO sorry that this is happening. We can only hope for the best that he can give you. If that is a few days...make them wonderful. If that is a few weeks, months, years...make them the most memorable. He will let you know when he is ready. Listen to him and love him. Let him know that you love him with all that you are...BUT, if he is ready, you are willing to let go for his comfort. One of the hardest things to do...
Just know that we are here for you and Silver. Thoughts, prayers and Jingles~
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MandyVA
Sep. 11, 2003, 05:34 PM
This is terrible. I am so sorry for your family and your lovely horse. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

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Seven
Sep. 11, 2003, 06:26 PM
I'm so very sorry. I still hope you get a one in a million turn around for your family and your horse. JingleJingleJingle

bigbay
Sep. 11, 2003, 06:33 PM
http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/sadsmile.gif jingle jingle jingle

Clever Clover
Sep. 11, 2003, 07:14 PM
My heart is breaking for you. I can't even begin to imagine the fear, grief and frustration you are feeling. You are a strong woman.

So many jingles for Silver to continue to improve!

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soxy
Sep. 11, 2003, 07:18 PM
http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif jingle jingle jingle


I'm so sorry http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

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ChagrinSaddlery
Sep. 11, 2003, 08:02 PM
Thank you so much.

I just returned home from putting on his pajamas (he gets really cold at night). He seemed a bit perkier. He was playing with this plastic chair that for some reason he loves.

He is getting loads of love, hugs and kisses. Actually, though, this is really no different than any other day, healthy or not. We simply love this animal.

I feel so bad for my husband Les (who posts on here: dare2dream). He just started riding and was kind of reluctant to buy a horse. He has allowed himself to get attached to Silver. This whole situation has almost made him feel like he never wants to ride or own a horse again. We have talked quite a bit about it and he has decided to take his lesson on Friday night (on a school horse). I hope it helps him. He is (understandably) just having a really difficult time with this.

If you have any words of encouragement for him please send it his way. He has been watching this thread.

Thank you again for your kind words. We will never forget this.

Regards,

Dana

Don't just appear in life, STAR in it!

Janet
Sep. 11, 2003, 08:20 PM
I have never had to deal with renal failure in a horse, but I have dealt with it in dogs and cats. I had one pull through and go on to live for many years (his was induced by antifreeze poisoning), but another died of the same thing. I don't know what I can say encouraging, except that SOMETIMES they do pull through. My thoughts are with you, and I keep checking the thread for updates.

Janet
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ChagrinSaddlery
Sep. 11, 2003, 08:34 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Janet:
I have never had to deal with renal failure in a horse, but I have dealt with it in dogs and cats. I had one pull through and go on to live for many years (his was induced by antifreeze poisoning), but another died of the same thing. I don't know what I can say encouraging, except that SOMETIMES they do pull through. My thoughts are with you, and I keep checking the thread for updates.

It just seems so bleak. All I keep hearing is that once this hormone called Creatinine (sp?) is present in the blood, 75% of kidney function is lost.

He is young and has a family who needs him. I pray that this will help him fight.



Janet
chief feeder and mucker for Music, Spy, Belle, and Brain<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

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arnika
Sep. 11, 2003, 08:56 PM
I am so sorry to read this tonight. I was hoping for better news. I don't really know what to say other than even though it's heartbreaking for you, I'm glad that Silver has had a family who loves him.

I own several horses and if something happened to one of them I would be devastated but it's rather like children, there is always room in your heart for one more. And each one has their own individual spark that you just can't help but get attached to. I've found that having another after losing one helps me by allowing me to continue to give that love instead of my heart shriveling like a prune. Probably too schmaltzy for a guy to agree with, but maybe not.........

I hope he recovers but if not I hope you will allow yourselves to be comforted by another horse. Jingling away.

Ishi
Sep. 11, 2003, 09:20 PM
I am so sorry! My ottb was in renal failure when I got him, but a bit different, his ulcers (we didn't know he had them) perferated and he was bleeding out into his abdomen. His kidneys were shutting down from all the protien they were taking up. I had had him a whole 48 hours. I cannot say how sorry I am for your family and Silver.

Porter spent 2 weeks in ICU and I am happy to say he survived, but I know that gut wrenching feeling of being faced with this. Porter never gave up, so his vets, my BF and I didn't either. I promised him if he needed to go I would let him, and that night he turned a corner. His kidney levels went down that AM and he actually bit me, I was thrilled.

Porter and I are praying for Silver. The first 24 hours at the vet clinic cost us 3 times as much as Porter did, and I had to sign an euthanasia agreement. 10 months later, we joke about it as we watch him fat and happy in his 5 acre field. I hope you all are joking about Silver in 10 years when he is healthy and happy and with your daughter winning at all the shows. What worked best for me was to realize Porter might have to leave me, but we were doing all we could for him, like I know you and your family is doing for Silver. Be strong, and know we are all pulling for Silver.

You can email me anytime if you want to talk, I know without my internet friends I couldn't have made it through those first few weeks, FlyACK1@AOL.com

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BeautifulMare
Sep. 11, 2003, 10:21 PM
*jingles* and ~positive vibes~ for Silver!!!

and i still believe he can hang on and make it...

Coreene
Sep. 11, 2003, 10:27 PM
Sending you all our good vibes and jingles. Praying very hard for you and for Silver! May the Liver Fairy who helped our Aiden tell the Kidney Fairy to help Silver. http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/yes.gif

Beezer
Sep. 11, 2003, 10:29 PM
I'm so very, very sorry, Dana. I'm jinging my curb chain like mad for Silver, and giving a swift kick to the karma gods. It just sucks that things can go from being so right and wonderful (Silver coming into your and your family's lives) to so bad and wrenching (Silver's illness) in a few heartbeats. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

This is to Les: As awfully hard as this is, remember that your time with Silver is a blessing to be cherished. Even if there is a sad ending, your relationship will not end. And while this has been a harsh introduction to horse ownership, the wondrous joys these incredible creatures bring to our lives is worth every twinge of heartache. I don't think any of us on this BB would dispute that.

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Peggy
Sep. 11, 2003, 10:55 PM
more jingles for Silver and his family…

You've certainly had the highs and lows of horse ownership in a very short time. The good thing, and maybe this will help Les, is that you've learned what a joy it is to have such a fabulous animal.

Keeping fighting Silver!

dare2dream
Sep. 12, 2003, 06:32 AM
I started riding about 3 months ago. Buying Silver was a very big step for me. I started opening my heart for him and then he gets sick. I am not sure I can do this again. I don't even want to ride anymore. I am taking a lesson tonight but my spirit is not into it.

Les

"Just because I'm paranoid doesn't mean they are 'not' out to get me"

Les

Quinn
Sep. 12, 2003, 06:54 AM
Les, my heart breaks for you. I had a horrific foal loss year in 2001 and then lost the use of my hunter last year. I didn't think I could get through it. I have. I certainly didn't want to ever breed again (we lost 3 that year.) I did. Opening your heart allows for grief to enter BUT it also allows for wonderful things as well. Stay strong. Great big hugs to you.

"If you are going through hell, keep going." ~Churchill~

FirstCry
Sep. 12, 2003, 07:51 AM
Jingles for all of you.
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Bumpkin
Sep. 12, 2003, 07:58 AM
Beezer, your post was beautiful. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

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2Dogs
Sep. 12, 2003, 08:35 AM
this situation is just breaking my heart! - the hard part is to understand that there is no reason or logic or devilgod who has made Silver sick. Having had to recover from the deaths of multiple beloved dogs, one very young, only now am I beginning to see, as Beezer so eloquently said, that every minute is special, however many minutes there can and will be. But it is never personal that they cannot stay on with us. They just want to share what time they have with us. Silver sure knows he is loved, the best gift he could receive for however long!

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Catalina
Sep. 12, 2003, 08:38 AM
I don't know how I missed this thread before.... num1train: I am so sorry to read about Silver http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif. He is a very lucky horse to be spending this trying time with people who care for him and love him so much. Hang in there Silver and know that jingles are coming like mad for you from Maryland.

Fessy's Mom
Sep. 12, 2003, 11:32 AM
How despicably awful! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif I'm praying and jingling for a miraculous recovery for Silver. http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/sadsmile.gif

And to Beezer - yes thank you for your very eloquent thoughts. http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/yes.gif

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M. O'Connor
Sep. 12, 2003, 11:46 AM
Oh, how awful this situation is! I, too, just began reading this thread, and to read that events have taken such a sad turn so quickly is just heartbreaking. I can see from Silver's photos that he was proving to be an exception to the rule, and that your family was truly blessed in finding him.

But please don't forget that there are THOUSANDS of OTTB's, and amongst those, HUNDREDS of horses just as potentially wonderful as Silver who meet the fate of Ferdinand (http://news.bloodhorse.com/viewstory.asp?id=17051) each year. It would be a shame if one of those needy creatures were to miss out on the gift of a loving, caring home such as the one you've made for Silver because you may have already decided to close a door on a painful experience. Take an opportunity to work through this difficult time, but don't let the scars it will leave on you and your family prevent you from looking back at the good you've already done, and realizing that you have more to give in the future.

MCL

Hopeful Hunter
Sep. 12, 2003, 03:22 PM
Dear Dana, Les and Silver -- There are no words that can help right now, nothing anyone can say that will change the feelings, the anger, the flashes of hope and the moments of sorrow. All we can do is tell you that we are present with you, that you are not alone.

And just as you are not alone in facing this, you are not alone in doubting whether to continue on. I have had five horses that I've owned in the past seven years. I am not a dealer, I am just an adult amateur. I've owned so many due to unfortunate circumstances and bad luck. Some vetted fine but soon seemed uncomfortable at their jobs and turned up medical problems that necessitated finding them better-suited homes. One I was unable to keep sound -- he was accident prone and had terrible feet and out of the 8 months I owned him, I was only able to ride him 32 days. And one I lost after a tough, long battle with colic -- after battling back to ride him myself from a car accident.

Each time, I wondered why I did this. Each time, I felt sure the gods were telling me I shouldn't ride. Each time, I knew I'd never feel the same way about another horse, and didn't know if I even wanted to.

I was right....and I was wrong. I never have felt the same about any of the horses. What I have felt is unique to each. I have come to understand that I can't dictate how long I may have a relationship with a horse, or even what I'll learn from it. But if I let myself have that relationship, if I let myself be open to the possibilities the wonder is mine to take.

Enjoy whatever time you have with Silver. Learn from him, love him and whenever you must, let him go. And know that you have enough love, enough to learn and enough of life to invite another horse in. It's not easy, but few things that are worth it ever are. And in time, you'll have a rich tapestry of memories and lessons to remember and share with others.

May you all find peace in the these next days.

FatAppyRosie
Sep. 12, 2003, 04:37 PM
http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/no.gif So sorry to hear about your boy. Sending lots and lots of jingles to you and him!!!

Stay strong. I will keep you and Silver in my prayers.

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OLD A/O
Sep. 12, 2003, 04:48 PM
How truly sad for you and your family. The Lord knew Silver needed someone like you and your family. Please know that there will be many prayers said for you and Silver!!!

dare2dream
Sep. 12, 2003, 06:00 PM
Thank you soo much everybody. All of your comments and your wisdom have helped us cope with this whole situation. Just last night Dana said to me "the people on COTH have made me feel so much beter". You all confirm my belief in the human race. Personally I believe that horse and animal lovers have sensitivities that go deeper than the average population. I feel blessed for your blessings.

Peace

"Just because I'm paranoid doesn't mean they are 'not' out to get me"

Les

ChagrinSaddlery
Sep. 13, 2003, 03:28 PM
First and foremost a big thank you to Equstrn. This board member is a vet tech and trainer. I emailed her regarding Silver's condition. This wonderful person called me (after we exchanged phone numbers via email) and listened to me cry, ask a zillion questions and even reviewed the blood work report. I am humbled by the kindness complete strangers have shown us. I guess the Silver lining here is a renewed faith in the kindness of people when difficult situations arise. Thank you Equstrn!

Thank you for the words of encouragement for my husband Les (Dare2dream). He did take his lesson last night and even cantered for the first time. He was excited about the progress but still understandably numb about the whole situation.

Silver is still status quo. I have ok'd him to be turned out with the herd. They go out in a 50-acre pasture with loads of fresh grass and rolling hills. He had the time of his life running, playing and eating. It was really refreshing to watch.

He is still feeling "good". Unfortunately I have been advised that this is normal behavior for horses with this condition.

I will update you with any news.

Thank you again for your support.

Dana and Les

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PonyRidr143
Sep. 13, 2003, 07:26 PM
num1train and Dare2dream,
My heart goes out to you both. Many hugs, kisses, and jingles for your beautiful horse.

Ali

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Adelita
Sep. 13, 2003, 08:47 PM
Dare2Dream and Num1Train,

I am so sorry...you know, sometimes these souls, these animals, come into our life because whomever-decides-these-things KNOWS that no one else can provide the kind of love and life, even if it's for a short period of time, that we can. I believe we are guided to these animals because they need us so badly, it's predestined. The angels have picked you out as the very best mom and dad ever for Silver, that's quite an honor. Bless you for loving him so much.

Keep the faith and love, okay? We are all here for you, we love you.

>^.,.^<


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OLD A/O
Sep. 13, 2003, 09:14 PM
Hi- Just checking to say we all love you and hope you and Sliver had a okay day!!! Love always!!!

2Dogs
Sep. 14, 2003, 08:23 AM
same thoughts for you all - enjoy the day - sure sounds like Silver is!

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Bugs-n-Frodo
Sep. 14, 2003, 09:50 AM
Hang in there guys. You both are being very strong in this situation and I admire that. Dare2dream, keep up the riding. It is worth it, I know you are heart broken but I have a feeling Silver wouldn't want you guys to give up on horses all together. He is lucky to be with you guys and I think any horse would be. Jingles from Maryland. Please keep us updated.

~Amy, Bugs and Frodo~

Coreene
Sep. 14, 2003, 10:19 AM
Beezer was so right, no matter how much heartache there is I would not trade it for anything in the world. Silver came to you for a reason, and he knows how lucky he is. They do, they can feel the love. Getting a new horse is the scariest thing, I was wracked with guilt when I first got Oliver. Would Willem feel like I was trying to replace him? Would he think that I was moving on too soon? Would he think that it meant that I loved him less?

And then I realized that I had to let go of what I was holding back, and love this new horse with all my heart. I am sure he had a firm hand in sending Oliver to me, he knew there was a dear horse out there who needed the kind of mom that I would be, and he knew I could not be horseless. And Oliver knows this, he feels it, and he is so happy to have a new mom.

I would rather have all the pain I have now from having lost my beloved Willem than not to have had him at all. He was my best friend, my dearest horse in the entire world, and I loved him more than you can imagine. But it does not mean that there is not room for another one that you will love and cherish and spoil and play with and be there for. Whether these gentle giant friends come to us for a day or a month or a year or a decade - or more - they really and truly are with us for a lifetime, for they will be etched upon our hearts forever.

Love and strength to all of you, Oliver and I are praying and jingling as hard as we can. And if Silver is not meant to have the gift of years, then please rejoice in knowing that he was sent to you for a reason, because you could give him a wonderful home and so much love.

FrittSkritt
Sep. 14, 2003, 02:29 PM
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Well said, Coreene. It makes me feel a little better about losing Rainy, even though that was four months ago.

Still jingling for you, Dana & Les. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

-KC

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BeautifulMare
Sep. 14, 2003, 02:50 PM
*more jingles and good vibes for Silver*

not that this really relates, but my aunt had a cat that went into some kind of failure [i want to say kidney?] 5 or 6 years ago, and it was supposed to not last very much longer so my grandma went out to CA to visit my aunt and help her through her 'difficult time'...

well, it is now 6 years later, my aunt has moved back to the Chicago area, and Pokey is 22 and still with us...she made it through that crisis, had another major health issue a year or two later, and every time the vets say she wont be around much longer, she sticks around...i never give up on animals anymore, who am i to write them off if they maybe dont feel like leaving yet?

still pulling for Silver, i still think he can do it...

BeautifulMare
Sep. 14, 2003, 02:54 PM
p.s. i just went back in the thread and saw that what Silver has is kidney failure [must not have payed enough attention when i read it the first time], and i know that Pokey was on IV fluids to rehydrate her for awhile, and i think my aunt had to inject her with something? or maybe the was just giving her the IV, i forget...but things can happen, please dont lose hope...

ChagrinSaddlery
Sep. 14, 2003, 04:34 PM
Coreene: I am really sorry the loss of Willem. I am also really encouraged by your being able to open your heart to Oliver. Best of luck with your new boy.

Silver was happy as a clam today. We visited him and all his new buddies as they were turned out in the big pasture. The best part of the day was that Silver recognized our calling him from quite a distance and came over to say Hi. We played with him and he followed us around like a puppy dog. Our daughter thought is was really neat.

I am so encouraged by his behavior. He is eating, alert and single handedly destroyed a lead rope, chair and broom yesterday. He just gets into everything. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

What is so difficult is that the vet is warning me that it might or might not mean anything. All I know is that he seems really happy.

We will receive the final blood test result on Tuesday morning. To say we are anxious about this is an understatement.

Next weekend (pending the blood test result) I am going to hold a little retirement party for Silver. I am going to do the "Celebration of his Life" thing. I know it sounds corny but I want do this for him. I am going to braid him and get one of those horseshoe flower things. It is my greatest hope that this boy has a nice long retirement.

Do you think this is silly? I would just like a chance to "show" him. Actually Skylar (4 year old) will be in the irons.

Thanks for listening everyone. I hope you know we are as much here for you as you are for us.

Hugs,

Dana and Les

Don't just appear in life, STAR in it!

Simply Christie
Sep. 14, 2003, 04:59 PM
Num1train--This is NOT silly at all. You are making memories with him and your family. He IS part of your family. I think it is a lovely gesture and I hope you have many years of enjoying his retirement with him. Thinking of you, Simply Christie

SBT
Sep. 14, 2003, 09:30 PM
I agree, not silly at all. The day before my mare was euthanized, I spent an hour grooming her. I clipped her whiskers, pulled her mane a little, combed out her tail, and brushed her until she gleamed. She got her medicine as always. I wanted her to know she was no less important to me at that moment. It was also a small act of defiance. Where some people would have said, "don't bother, the horse will be dead tomorrow," I refused to give up on everything I had always done for her.

Lady, like Willem, had Cushing's Syndrome. Hers was very aggressive, affecting her blood pressure, her feet, and her body's ability to regulate its temperature. I medicated her and fought the disease for two roller-coaster years, until finally she began to lose her "spark," and then, due to chronic laminitis (and perhaps the seedy toe caused by it,) she developed abscesses in two hooves at once. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif As my vet dug out the second abscess, Lady put her head against my chest. She was not normally a very cuddly horse. In that moment I knew the time had come to let her go, before her quality of life diminished any further.

For those two years I feared not knowing when to stop. I questioned myself constantly (I still do). But Lady found a way to tell me she'd had enough. I'm sure Silver will do the same when his time comes...whether that's tomorrow, two years from now, or twenty. http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/yes.gif

In the beginning of Lady's illness, I relied heavily on bloodwork to make my decisions. Eventually, I almost didn't need it at all. I would observe her symptoms and general attitude, and guess how the bloodwork would come back. Towards the end I just went with my heart. I came to feel that if you have a horse whose bloodwork shows a grave prognosis, yet he is running around, acting happy, and able to carry out ordinary life functions, that's all that really matters. Bloodwork is just numbers and representative values. The horse's quality of life, IMO, is more important.

Listen to your vet, your horse, and your heart...in that order...and you won't go wrong.

Lots of (((((((HUGS))))))) to you, Dana, Les, and Skylar!



"It's not getting what you want, it's wanting what you've got." -Sheryl Crow

Coreene
Sep. 15, 2003, 07:04 AM
sbt78lw, you are right. They will also tell you when they are done. If you have never seen it before, do not worry, you will know. They will tell you in a way that you will have no doubt at all. Do not be sad when this happens, rejoice in knowing that your horse trusts you enough to tell you the most important thing of all.

sbt78lw, dunno if you read your PTs but we sent you one on 9/10. We thought of Lady all day.

War Admiral
Sep. 15, 2003, 10:23 AM
Jingling, jingling, jingling in GA for a good blood test result.

______________
The TB body slave formerly known as Lizviola.

Seven
Sep. 15, 2003, 10:46 AM
And still jingling in NY...hope your results help, no matter what they reveal. http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/sadsmile.gif

PS...I think your retirement party sounds wonderful. *sniff* Silver is very lucky.

****
NYHR (http://www.nyhr.org)

FirstCry
Sep. 15, 2003, 11:35 AM
Another NY'er still jingling here.

Your party sounds wonderful.

'Whenever difficulties appear, the rider must ask himself: does the horse not want execute my demands, does he not understand what I want, or is he physically unable to carry them out? The rider's conscience must find the answer."

cgn38
Sep. 15, 2003, 01:28 PM
And yet another New Yorker still jingling for Silver. Miracles do happen, but whatever the outcome, Silver sounds like one happy horse because of your family's love and care.

Judi
Sep. 15, 2003, 04:02 PM
Jingling for Silvers blood test here in So. California...

jingle****jingle****jingle*****

Prayers are with you.... Silver is blessed to have you and Les as parents....

ChagrinSaddlery
Sep. 15, 2003, 05:42 PM
SBT: Thank you for sharing your story with us. You are so right! I am NOT going to let a blood test dictate my horse's life. He can do it himself. I never thought of looking at it this way. I am living like he is going to be gone in a week (because that is what the experts say). You know what? They DO NOT know my horse as well as I do. They have not seen his desire to fight and live. We will go down fighting this damn disease until the end.

The implications of this situation have caught up with me. How do you get through this? How do you potentially watch your horse die? Each day is getting harder and harder. I feel like I am waiting for a time bomb to go off. I jump when the phone rings.

I am doing all the things I should to take my mind off of this. However, in the back of my mind there is this dark cloud hanging over me.

How do you cope?

I'm sorry for the long post and vent. I feel like you folks understand this better than anyone.

Still Praying.

Dana

Don't just appear in life, STAR in it!

OLD A/O
Sep. 15, 2003, 06:05 PM
Hi- just saying hello again. You and Sliver are in my thoughts today again.

Nauset
Sep. 15, 2003, 06:49 PM
I was going through a slightly similar situation...

My best friend's father, whom I was very close to, was diagnosed with cancer of the esophagus just over a year ago. 'Course he's *seriously* one of the greatest men to walk this Earth...

Very unfortunately, he passed early this morning :'( I am coping a whole lot better than I thought I'd be, only because it was expected. I've talked to my best friend (the daughter) several times today and she too is doing alright. I think though we knew it was bound to happen soon, we tried to go about things as we normally would, and do the same things we normally did. It also helped that (Like Silver) he was always 100% positive, never ever down in spirits.

Anyhow, I guess I can sort of relate, and I suppose I can say I know what your going through... Your family and your horse are in my thoughts and prayers. Stay strong Dana & Les. We are here with you the whole way!

No Jumps, No Glory
Know Jumps, Know Glory

http://community.webshots.com/user/samtb056

BeautifulMare
Sep. 15, 2003, 09:39 PM
*jingle jingle jingle for Silver*

heh, this is becoming my daily ritual... http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

~good vibes~

Coreene
Sep. 15, 2003, 10:15 PM
Dearest Dana, you get through it because you just have to, because there is no other option. Because when you brought Silver into your life and into your heart, you became a partnership, you and this gentle giant, and because one of your responsibilities in the partnership is that you have to do the nasty stuff.

So you stoically prepare for the worst while you pray for the best, you ask God many, many times a day if He will grant you this miracle, and if for some reason He does not, then you realize that, actually, you had a miracle all along. For He made sure that you were this horse's owner, He gave this horse to you because He knew that you were the person for him. And if Silver does not have the gift of years, it is because Silver was needed elsewhere. And then you kiss them and you thank them for everything, you thank them for being with you and for letting you be part of their life, you thank them for their love, you tell them that it is okay, that if they need to go then you will help them on their journey. You reassure them that you will be okay, that you will miss them but that you will be together again. And then you give your horse the greatest gift you can, you give him a dignified passing free of pain at the moment that he tells you it is time.

And that is what you prepare yourself for, but all the while you hope and you pray that everything will be okay, that you will get that one extra miracle and that your horse will be well.

Alas, my extra miracle did not happen. But I am praying very, very hard that yours does. I am sure that, as was the case with all the wonderful people on this BB praying for Willem, if you listen very hard you can hear jingles. I know you can.

ChagrinSaddlery
Sep. 15, 2003, 10:29 PM
Sam: I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you as well.

We are going to retire Silver on Saturday night at our barn. Skylar is really excited to ride her horse in her "show" clothes. I will lead line her into the ring, take photos and place a tri-color on his bridle. I am going to bake a huge carrot cake for the occasion. It is my intention to make this a "happy" event full of apples and carrots.

I pray someday we can take him out of retirement.

The only thing that stinks is Les will not be able to attend. He is flying to Israel on Friday (yes I am a bit stressed about this as well). I do not feel like I can wait until he returns. He does understand.

Thank you to all of you that check in each day. I should have some news on Silver's condition late Tuesday (today).

Praying for a Miracle

Dana

Don't just appear in life, STAR in it!

ChagrinSaddlery
Sep. 15, 2003, 10:36 PM
Coreene: You are one special person.

Thank you so much for your guidance. I will refer to your post often over then next couple days and weeks. Thank you.

Give Oliver a hug for me.

Dana

Don't just appear in life, STAR in it!

Mustang Sally
Sep. 15, 2003, 11:36 PM
Dear Dana and Les,

Forgive me for my late jingles...I've been away from the boards lately. From now on I'll be jingling twice as hard for your beautiful boy. I am so very sorry that you and your family are going through this.

I am at a loss for words of wisdom for you...other than to get some sleep http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/sleepy.gif if you can - it's awfully late where you live! Beyond that, know that so many are sending hugs and caring thoughts your way, and will weep in joy or sorrow with you in the days ahead.

And Les - as others have said, Silver came into your life for a reason. Dana's original post demonstrates what a wonderful match your family is with this horse. Through these difficult times, remember your excitement and joy at finding Silver. It certainly sounds as though Silver loves you as much as your family loves him, and that is so special. The loving home that you, Dana and the rest of your family are providing Silver with is something that many horses will never be lucky enough to experience. No matter the outcome of these next few weeks, you and Dana have shown through your posts here that you are loving horsepeople, and that any horse to grace your doorstep will be lucky indeed. One last thought - this is about as rotten as it gets in horse ownership, and as Coreene and others who have been through similar hardship have shown us, beyond the pain there is so much joy in a life shared with horses.

I will be jingling madly for Silver as I drift off to bed (and will wake up my husband to throw in a few jangles for good measure). Here's to good news this morning! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/yes.gif

Amanda

"Waste no time arguing what a good person shall be, be one."
-Marcus Aurelius

reefy!
Sep. 16, 2003, 08:22 AM
And jingles from AZ.

Still hoping and praying for the three of you!

monstrpony
Sep. 16, 2003, 08:42 AM
More jingles coming to you and Silver.

Hang in there, I know what you mean about waiting for the bomb to go off. You just get through it, because you don't have a choice. But, we're here for you whenever you need to "talk" about it.

___________
He's not really a pony, and I'm really not "pony aged" either.

Nauset
Sep. 16, 2003, 01:43 PM
Lots of Jingles from Mass... we're with you ALL THE WAY! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

No Jumps, No Glory
Know Jumps, Know Glory

http://community.webshots.com/user/samtb056

SBT
Sep. 16, 2003, 02:52 PM
What Coreene said. http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/yes.gif You get through it because you have to...and in the process you will find strength and resolve you never knew you had. Whatever the end result, you will be a better person for it. Just take one day at a time. Lady's illness taught me how to really live "in the moment," and that's exactly what you have to do when you don't know what tomorrow will bring. You are doing it by having your special retirement party for Silver.

One thing to remember is that NONE of us really knows how much time we will have with our loved ones, regardless of whether or not they have a terminal illness. Anyone's horse can colic and die tomorrow. A serious illness increases the odds, but isn't ever a clear indication of how much time you'll have. All the vets can do is guess. That's why I feel that although veterinary science is a wonderful tool and should be utilized to the fullest, it is far more important to listen to your heart.

All any of us can do is enjoy our horses while we have them...whether it's one month, one year, or 20 years...and treasure each moment we possibly can. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Hang in there!



"It's not getting what you want, it's wanting what you've got." -Sheryl Crow

Lord Helpus
Sep. 16, 2003, 04:02 PM
I have been following Silver's story and I too have fingers and toes crossed. It just seems so unfair.

When you got Silver, you expected him to teach you many lessons. You thought they would involve bending and extensions and finding distances. It seems that the lessons Silver has been sent to teach you are far more important, as others have said.

-- Live in the moment. Savor the little things: the smell of sweet straw and fresh cut grass, and the beauty of a horse running free with his buddies. Never take the small stuff for granted.

-- Life is short. And precious.

-- Life is NOT FAIR (no matter whay your mommy told you). It kicks you in the teeth, and makes you gasp and cry. But the inner strength that many of us do not know we have, then kicks in and we get up and stare the unfairness right back and say "I may be down, but I am NOT OUT! You cannot get the better of me unless I let you and I REFUSE TO LET YOU. Everytime you feel knocked to your knees, take a deep breath and get up and stand taller and stronger.

When compared to learning good canter departs and a secure half seat, the lessons that Silver is teaching you seem more important, don't they? He came into your life for a reason. It just may not be the reason you had expected. No matter what the future brings, love him and thank him for being such a great teacher.

Anyway, that is what I have learned from losing beloved horses and doggies. They are physically gone, but the place they found in my heart is secure. And I go right out and get another. Because death will not scare me from giving my heart again.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
When life gives you crap, make crapenade.

Magnolia
Sep. 16, 2003, 04:33 PM
You are such a sweet person to honor Silver like that. Every horse should get a big fuss at least once.

I hope your results are good, but if not, it sounds like you are ready to let go of your boy and are savoring every moment. Get lots of photos and videos and what not!

Even though Silver may not have long, he is so lucky to have you. http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/sadsmile.gif

The witchy witch witch of south central NC.

Fessy's Mom
Sep. 16, 2003, 05:14 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Lord Helpus:
And I go right out and get another. Because death will not scare me from giving my heart again.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
When life gives you crap, make crapenade.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

What a beautiful post, but I found these two sentences particularly touching. You see, I often feel guilty about going right out and getting another, like it's a selfish thing. But looking at it from your perspective, it is somehow a beautiful thing! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/sadsmile.gif

Jingling ever harder for Silver! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

"Put dat in yer book."

hoodoo
Sep. 16, 2003, 06:44 PM
Please update us on the vet results. We are all worried, and jingling like mad.

I Think, Therefore I'm Vegan

Bugs-n-Frodo
Sep. 16, 2003, 07:19 PM
Still jingling...Please update. We are worried.

~Amy, Bugs and Frodo~

Adelita
Sep. 16, 2003, 07:36 PM
Please update us, I have been thinking about you all day....

((((((((hugs)))))))

love and strength from California....

>^.,.^<


"I used to have an open mind but my brains kept falling out..."

ChagrinSaddlery
Sep. 16, 2003, 08:08 PM
I just wanted to let you know that we still have not received the updated results. They should be available in the morning.

I am a bit anxious as to why this is taking so long. I was told the result would be ready this evening.

I will let you know something as soon as I am able. I should have the results tomorrow morning. Please allow us a bit of time to digest the result.

Praying my heart out!

Dana

Don't just appear in life, STAR in it!

Baileybff
Sep. 16, 2003, 08:10 PM
Just checking in on Silver, you and Les. Still have everything crossed...and jinglin' like mad. You guys are in my thoughts and prayers. I think the 'party' you are having for him sounds just wondermus. I'm sure he will feel like a million 'bucks' (pun intended). Give him an apple for me...wish we could all be there to be part of the 'ceremony'.
Thoughts, prayers and jingles~
Natalie http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/sadsmile.gif

"Show with C.L.A.S.S."
www.classcircuit.0catch.com (http://www.classcircuit.0catch.com)
"A horse is a horse of course of course"...This person obviously never met MY horse!
*Who Knew*
*Frosted Flakes*

ChagrinSaddlery
Sep. 16, 2003, 08:13 PM
I'm sorry.

I forgot to thank all of you today for your kind words. I really hope all of you understand the difference you have made in our coping with this situation.

Thank you for letting us lean of you.

Dana and Les

Don't just appear in life, STAR in it!

ChagrinSaddlery
Sep. 16, 2003, 08:17 PM
BTW, if anyone lives in Ohio. You are more than welcome to come to Silver's retirement party.

It will be held this Saturday night.

It would be an honor to have you.

Email me at num1train@adelphia.net for info

Don't just appear in life, STAR in it!

Adelita
Sep. 16, 2003, 08:29 PM
Dana and Les,

We love you, and we are *always* here for you...

I'm praying for better-than-expected results...

(((((hugs)))))

>^.,.^<


"I used to have an open mind but my brains kept falling out..."

Jess
Sep. 16, 2003, 09:00 PM
Why the others have said better things than I could possibly even imagine saying, I really feel for you. I admire you, Les, and your daughter for being so strong through this situation. Regardless of the outcome you are going to make sure Silver has a great life, I couldn't admire that more.

I am jingling for Silver!

~Jess~
www.catchride.com (http://www.catchride.com)

ShowBiz
Sep. 16, 2003, 10:42 PM
Thinking about you & Silver, here in So Cal. Jingle, jingle, jingle.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~
Love my boyz...
**ShowBiz - 1999 17.1h, Dutch Warmblood gelding (Rubinstein/Ladykiller/Vosmaer).
**Centurin Moon - 1999 17h, Rheinland-Pfalz-Saar gelding (Banquo/Bernstein/Native Dancer).

BeautifulMare
Sep. 16, 2003, 11:05 PM
*jingle all the way*

~good vibes~

come on baby, be strong, Silver!! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

monstrpony
Sep. 17, 2003, 05:16 AM
Special jingles for Silver today!! Thanks for keeping us posted.

___________
He's not really a pony, and I'm really not "pony aged" either.

shmon
Sep. 17, 2003, 06:45 AM
Jingling for good results this morning! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

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Whenever I feel blue, I start breathing again.

Coreene
Sep. 17, 2003, 07:46 AM
Jingling, praying and crossing all fingers that you will have good news today!

PS to Cachet - Lord Helpus is right, she was one of the dear people who helped me see this right after my loss. There is a lot of guilt in the beginning, I agree, but it does go away and you just have to remind yourself that your departed friend, who knows how much love you have to give, would not want another four-legged friend to be deprived of that love.

Baileybff
Sep. 17, 2003, 08:18 AM
More jingles this a.m. Hope the news is WONDERMUS. Hugs to you and Les...and especially to Silver.
Nat

"Show with C.L.A.S.S."
www.classcircuit.0catch.com (http://www.classcircuit.0catch.com)
"A horse is a horse of course of course"...This person obviously never met MY horse!
*Who Knew*
*Frosted Flakes*

kkrissyMH
Sep. 17, 2003, 08:35 AM
We're pulling for you in Ft. Collins too!!! I'm glad that he's a happy boy and he seems to have a family that totally loves him, which makes this cruddy situation that much brighter http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Why they call it falling, now I know.

sienna&shot's
Sep. 17, 2003, 08:57 AM
Jingling for silver today... You all on my my mind... http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

War Admiral
Sep. 17, 2003, 09:43 AM
Jingle, jingle, jingle. Hope you are all doing well today! Hugs to Silver.

______________
The TB body slave formerly known as Lizviola.

dare2dream
Sep. 17, 2003, 10:50 AM
Update,

I just recieved news from Dana(num1train) that the results of the blood test were bad. I think Silver only has a couple of days left.

Thanks for the support

"Just because I'm paranoid doesn't mean they are 'not' out to get me"

Les

BustersMom
Sep. 17, 2003, 10:55 AM
Les,
Thanks for the update. I am so sorry you all are having to live through this. Thank goodness Silver has you both. Thoughts and prayers are coming your way from all my brood.

Member of the Baby Greenie Support Group

Quinn
Sep. 17, 2003, 11:02 AM
Damn it! I'm so sorry. I'm just so incredibly sorry.

http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

"If you are going through hell, keep going." ~Churchill~

Fessy's Mom
Sep. 17, 2003, 11:03 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Coreene:
_Jingling, praying and crossing all fingers that you will have good news today!_

PS to Cachet - Lord Helpus is right, she was one of the dear people who helped me see this right after my loss. There is a lot of guilt in the beginning, I agree, but it does go away and you just have to remind yourself that your departed friend, who knows how much love you have to give, would not want another four-legged friend to be deprived of that love.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/sadsmile.gif Thank you Coreene! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/sadsmile.gif

Still jingling for Silver! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

"Put dat in yer book."

baycollie
Sep. 17, 2003, 11:05 AM
Les & Dana, I can't imagine how difficult it must be to share these sad results. I hope the support of all the amazing people on this board helps you during this difficult time. Silver is fortunate to have found such a loving home to spend his final days. My prayers and thoughts are with you.

reefy!
Sep. 17, 2003, 11:08 AM
http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/cry.gif

I'm so sorry to hear that. Hang in there and enjoy his ceremony. Loving our animals makes it so hard to say goodbye.

Prayers for you all,

Jennifer

Horsaholic
Sep. 17, 2003, 11:10 AM
Oh nohttp://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif Just love and pamper him like you are doing.. He is lucky to have found you.. So sorry for this news..Stay stong you are good people..

Janet
Sep. 17, 2003, 11:15 AM
I am so sorry about the results. I just widh there was something I could do to help.

Janet
chief feeder and mucker for Music, Spy, Belle, and Brain

Lisamarie8
Sep. 17, 2003, 11:16 AM
http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/cry.gif http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/cry.gif http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/cry.gif

i can't tell you how sorry i am for you guys. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

--- "We're putting you on what we call sudden death academic probation."

ChagrinSaddlery
Sep. 17, 2003, 11:24 AM
My heart is breaking.

I was on my way to attend a workshop this morning when the vet called to tell me the news. All of the gains that were made in terms of improvement were lost plus 15%.

I couldn't even attend the workshop. I got to the site and just sobbed.

I am numb.

I really thought there was a chance. I really did. I thought he would be the one to prove the vet wrong.

I am going the barn to give my horse a hug.

Dana

Don't just appear in life, STAR in it!

FirstCry
Sep. 17, 2003, 11:33 AM
Oh, I'm so sorry. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

(((((((((((HUGS))))))))))))

Take lots of Karrotten with you and give Silver a big hug for me too.

'Whenever difficulties appear, the rider must ask himself: does the horse not want execute my demands, does he not understand what I want, or is he physically unable to carry them out? The rider's conscience must find the answer."

Baileybff
Sep. 17, 2003, 01:35 PM
{(((HUGS)))} My heart is breaking. I'm always one to look on the bright side...maybe he will STILL prove the vet wrong and give you more time together. This is so hard to hear, I don't even want to imagine what you are going thru. Like everyone has said...and Coreene has said it best. He is SO lucky to have you, as you are to have him. He was placed with you for a reason. You guys are in my thoughts, on this tough day and in the days ahead. Stay strong~
Lot's of hugs, thoughts and TONS of jingles for a miracle.
Natalie http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/cry.gif http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

"Show with C.L.A.S.S."
www.classcircuit.0catch.com (http://www.classcircuit.0catch.com)
"A horse is a horse of course of course"...This person obviously never met MY horse!
*Who Knew*
*Frosted Flakes*

Saddith
Sep. 17, 2003, 02:28 PM
Glimmer and I are sending hugs to your family. I have been rechecking this thread constantly, hoping to hear good news. This is heartbreaking for me, so it has to be devestating for you. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

Please consider, when you all are ready, giving another horse such a wonderful home. I wish all horses would find as wonderful a home as Silver did with you - and it would be a shame if another could not find that same happiness.

I hope that came out sounding right - it is hard to convey my meaning without sounding callous and whatnot. I just think that your love, compassion and caring would sorely be wasted if your family never had another horse in your lives.

Silver is loved, and he is grateful for how strong your love is and will be. Bless you guys for taking care of him and making his days a joy.

We are here, if you need us.

Coreene
Sep. 17, 2003, 02:53 PM
When Willem passed, it was to the sound of jingles. To that end, we will keep jingling and jingling for all of you. I know that Silver was sent to you for a reason. Now more than ever, I hope you know this to be true. Bless you for all you are doing for this good horse.

cgn38
Sep. 17, 2003, 05:06 PM
I keep praying. I think Saddith said it all perfectly, and Coreene also. I can't add anything, just that I am still praying for Silver and you.

Fessy's Mom
Sep. 17, 2003, 06:50 PM
Oh I'm so so sorry to hear the news. But you really have been a wonderful mommy to Silver. Love him as much as you can for as long as you have him...

http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/cry.gif

"Put dat in yer book."

Jaguar
Sep. 17, 2003, 07:19 PM
I havent been around coth much lately, but I just read all 10 pages of your topic and am sooo sorry. This is terrible for your family, and my heart goes out to all of you. At least, with all of this, Silver gets to spend his last few days with the most loving people ever! The idea of having a retirement party for him is such a beautiful idea. I cannot think of anything more sentimental and beautiful to remember him by. You can take pictures and have beautiful memories of the horse who came into your life and showed you what loving and owning a horse was really like.
Best of luck, and my prayers are with you always, hopefully, hopefully, a miracle will still happen!

"I hope you will grow up to be gentle and good, and never learn bad ways, do your work with good will, lift your feet up well when you trot, and never bite or kick even in play."
-Duchess, Black Beauty, Anna Sewell

OLD A/O
Sep. 17, 2003, 08:13 PM
Just saying hi again- and hope your are hanging in there okay. Of course you and Sliver are still in my prayers!!!

sienna&shot's
Sep. 17, 2003, 08:20 PM
I am so sorry for you.. Please give Silver a hug for me... I have tears right now becuase I was hoping this could be a miracle.. Keep praying.... I amm...

Jingles.. http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/sadsmile.gif

Ishi
Sep. 17, 2003, 08:47 PM
Oh Silver! I too was checking in to hear about the retirement party and saw the news. My heart just broke for Silver and your family. I am going out now in the freezing sleet to give my horses carrots in Silver's name. I am so sorry.

Love means attention, which means looking after the things we love. We call this stable management.
- George H. Morris
http://community.webshots.com/user/flycak

alurker30
Sep. 17, 2003, 09:26 PM
So sad to hear about the more recent developments. Rest assured that Silver was sent to you for a reason.

ChagrinSaddlery
Sep. 17, 2003, 10:17 PM
Today has been such a trying day.

The news of Silver's test was devastating

Dealing with the reality was worse

Explaining to my four year old that Silver is going to go and "visit" his mommy soon and watching her cry because she will not be able to visit her horsy was .. well,.words do not describe this emotion.

Discussing the details of when Silver becomes an angel and where to lay this angel to rest was horrible

Watching the whole barn cry when they read the invitation to Silver's retirement party (it was not a sad invitation) was terrible.

Not the greatest day.

Don't just appear in life, STAR in it!

monstrpony
Sep. 18, 2003, 04:59 AM
Oh, my lord how dreadful for you! And I know it's "harder" (if that's possible) because you are new horse owners. My heart just weeps for you, and for your little girl. How brave you must be to deal with that.

I was SO hoping Silver would prove them wrong! I, too, am glad for Silver's sake that he found you wonderful people in time to see him through this. For what little it is worth, you are absolutely living up the tag line on your posts, in the most admirable way.

And also, thanks again to Coreene for being the beacon to guide us all through this unhappy turn of events. You are so very special!

___________
He's not really a pony, and I'm really not "pony aged" either.

War Admiral
Sep. 18, 2003, 05:47 AM
I really can't think of anything to add to what Monstrpony said other than loads of jingles, hugs, and blessings to all of you. You are all so very brave.

______________
The TB body slave formerly known as Lizviola.

ChagrinSaddlery
Sep. 18, 2003, 05:53 AM
You can't buy loyalty, they say.
I bought it though the other day.
You can't buy friendship, tried and true.
Well just the same, I bought that too.
I made my bid and on the spot
Bought love and faith and a whole job lot
of happiness, so all in all
the purchase price was pretty small
I bought a single trusting heart
that gave devotion from the start
If you think these things are not for sale,
buy a little gray Thoroughbred with a flying tail.

Taken from the Chronicle (a poem thread). I used this for the retirement invitation. It conveys everything I feel.

Thank you for your support. I will keep you posted.

Dana

Don't just appear in life, STAR in it!

Nauset
Sep. 18, 2003, 05:59 AM
Dana that completely brought me to tears. That's beautiful and I'm sure Silver really appreciates that a lot! (along with all the love he must be getting)

Hang in there Dana- you've been so so brave throughout this whole thing, keep it up. Tons of hugs and jingles here... We Love You !

No Jumps, No Glory
Know Jumps, Know Glory

http://community.webshots.com/user/samtb056

Fessy's Mom
Sep. 18, 2003, 06:08 AM
Oh, you've got me crying at work now! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/cry.gif What a beautiful poem which especially touches my heart because I have "a little gray thoroughbred with a flying tail" too!

Thanks for sharing - you are an incredibly generous soul. http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/cry.gif

"Put dat in yer book."

shmon
Sep. 18, 2003, 07:13 AM
Oh Dana and Les, I'm so sorry to hear the test results. I was SO hoping Silver would be able to pull through.

Enjoy his retirement party, and enjoy your time together. What a lucky horse he is to have found you guys!

Coreene has given you wonderful advice. I hope that, in time, you will find another beautiful creature to receive all that love that you so obviously have to give. http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/sadsmile.gif

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Whenever I feel blue, I start breathing again.

Duffy
Sep. 18, 2003, 07:19 AM
I'm so sorry. Hugs to you and Silver. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

"B***h in training"

Coreene
Sep. 18, 2003, 07:42 AM
Dana, that poem is a fitting tribute to a beautiful friendship. Love is love, whether measured in days, weeks or years, because the love you have for Silver will last a lifetime.

And Silver feels the same way, too. http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/yes.gif

equinelaundry
Sep. 18, 2003, 08:35 AM
http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/cry.gif http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/cry.gif You and your family are in my prayers. We cry with you. http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/cry.gif http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/cry.gif How lucky Silver is to be loved by your family. ((((((((((((((((HUGS))))))))))))))))))))

JumpGirl11
Sep. 18, 2003, 09:04 AM
Oh my gosh...Dana I am so sorry about Silver! I just read through the whole 10 page thread, and I can't even begin to say how bad I'm feeling for you and your family right now. Just stay strong, and know that nomatter what happens, you gave Silver a great, loving home. I think that the retirement party is a wonderful idea! Since you haven't owned him very long, it will help make good memories, so that you can look back and smile, whatever happens. Jingling, Jingling, Jingling!

Sarah

Magnolia
Sep. 18, 2003, 09:19 AM
My gosh, http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif I am so sad for you. I don't know you, but you seem so kind and loving towards Silver. I wish him a peaceful journey across the rainbow bridge.
Take care of yourself too...

The witchy witch witch of south central NC.

pinkhorse
Sep. 18, 2003, 09:33 AM
Of all the sad stories on this site over the years this one is the first one to really bring me to tears. It was the description of your retirement party and then the poem you chose for the invite.

Boy is Silver bringing out the best in you.

Love to you all.

***
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just_me
Sep. 18, 2003, 10:22 AM
Oh Dana. I haven't read this thread since the beginning when you first bought him, and you were trying to pick a name.

Your dreamhorse, damn. I'm so sad. http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/cry.gif Even though he hasn't been with you long, his memory will be with you forever. You (and Les) will find another one down the road. He won't take Silver's place in your hearts, he'll make a new place.

INoMrEd
Sep. 18, 2003, 11:06 AM
Les and Dana:

I'm so very sorry about Silver. Lord Helpus and the others are right in that you found him for a reason. My heart breaks for you. - Libby

There is a very fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness." - DAVE BARRY

AAJumper
Sep. 18, 2003, 11:44 AM
I'm so sorry to hear about Silver...my heart goes out to you and your family. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

sweetnlo
Sep. 18, 2003, 12:01 PM
Now that I've dried my tears I don't know what to say except that you gave Silver the greatest gift and I'm sure he appreciates it, although it seems unthinkable it did happen for a reason. You guys are tooo good to close your hearts, when the time is right another horse who needs love will find you, so keep on cantering.

oldgraymare
Sep. 18, 2003, 01:13 PM
Just remember that the last thing Silver will know is all of the love you and your family have given to him. My heart goes out to you. It doesn't matter if you love a horse for one hour or 100 years - losing them is still painful and heartbreaking.

Give him a (((HUG))) from me, too!!


"When riding, learn how to stay out of the horses way; seek not to disturb, and never fool yourself into thinking you can improve the horse...he can already do it all, he's just waiting for you to be able to do it, then he'll do it with you..."
Pat Parelli

NMS
Sep. 18, 2003, 01:16 PM
Dana,

My heart goes out to you and your family. When the time is right, will you call me? My number is on the site www.canterohio.org (http://www.canterohio.org).
We would love to have such a kind person as you as part of our organization.

Nancy

www.canterohio.org (http://www.canterohio.org)

Sissy
Sep. 18, 2003, 01:29 PM
Take care of yourself and your family.. that is what has allowed you to take care of your darling Silver. Love will find you again, and again and again - if you let it. Jingles for you all.

Nothing could be finer than to be in Carolina!

AnnabelleQF
Sep. 18, 2003, 02:32 PM
ahhh why is life going all crazy right now?!? i am soooooo so so sorry about Silver, for him and your family and everybody that loves him. Maybe there is a reason for this. I mean just that you bought him and everythig...so that he could be with people that love him so much when it was his time to go...i feel like i swallowed a pineapple and my eyes are watering lol...it'll be ok, even though it's so awful.
much love to your family and silver

"I wanna make a mess/I wanna blow off stress/I wanna stoke a fire/Just creatures for awhile...-311

Judi
Sep. 18, 2003, 04:58 PM
Oh Dana and Les. My heart and prayers go out to you as you heroically make your way through this. Silver is indeed a blessed horse for having your love and dedication to honor him in such a way.

My dearest friend Heidi lost her wonderful horse Brisco on a day just like any other. She had ridden and groomed him... spoiled him with treats and put him back out in the pasture. She received a call from the barn manager about an hour later as she stood in a tack shop picking out some treat for her beloved horse. It seems Brisco had an aneurysm and just passed away within seconds right there in the pasture with all his friends. It was one of the hardest days of her life.... and we wept and cried and said goodbye to our friend Brisco that very day.

She continued to ride with the rest of us on one of our trainers horses... even though her heart was breaking. But every day her broken heart mended just a little bit more as she started to enjoy and open her heart to this new horse she felt grateful to ride. He was the same color as her Brisco... Blaze.. white stockings... funny personality... and slowly I started hearing her making affectionate comments about him. Soon she started talk of finding another compantion... lo and behond... our trainer was about to sell Reno... the horse who had mended her broken heart... Reno was an older school horse and our trainer was no longer going to carry school horses. It was Heidi's love of Reno that prompted our trainer to basically cut his price in half and practically give him to her. They've been in his training program ever since and you swear you would never see such a perfect match as these two. This horse ADORES her and she dotes on him even more than she did her previous boy because she realizes that every day is so very precious.

Dana and Les... Silver is blessed to have your hearts. One day another horse will be equally blessed to have your love. And one day in the distant... distant... oh so distant future you will finally see your herd all together in one pasture. Every horse you have ever loved will whinney and run to you and let you know how grateful they are that you loved them... that you cared for them... that you gave your heart to them.

Jingles for Silver
Jingles for Dana and Les
Jingles for your daughter
Jingles for your barn
Jingles for Peace in your hearts.

Thank you for sharing your hearts with us... we are all enriched by it.

SCAllstarzHntrRyder
Sep. 18, 2003, 05:54 PM
Sometimes things happen for a reason. This horse has TRUELLY brought out the best in you. Everyone knows what kind of heart you have and i dont know anyone else that can hold on this strong. Silver is a lucky horse, lucky to have you, and lucky to be loved in his last days. Sounds like you are showing him the best days of his life. SMILE, he loves you back just as much as you love him http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif.... He will never forget you... http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/cry.gif

~Mirage~
~Miss Money Penny~
~Foot Note~
Heidi S AKA Evil Twin

jilltx
Sep. 18, 2003, 06:08 PM
heartfelt jingles from Texas for your family and for Silver.

~Jilltx

"If you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always gotten"

wotan
Sep. 18, 2003, 07:29 PM
I don't feel there is much I can add........there are many beautiful posts on this thread and I wonder if you will print it. Down the road, it may be something you will treasure as you look back and realize how your family handled an awful situation with courage and grace. Including your daughter in the retirement celebration is touching and I think you are setting a great example to her about how to cope when life takes a sour turn. I'm praying for you all tonight, for strength and rest as you continue to face one day at a time.

ChagrinSaddlery
Sep. 18, 2003, 10:51 PM
Thank you so much for all of the beautiful posts and words of encouragement. Les and I read your posts over and over. You give us strength when we are weak and guidance when we are lost. We are indebted to each and every one of you for giving us the gift of hope. You have shown us beauty when all we see is pain. Thank you so much everyone! I mean this will all of my heart.

Judy, thank you for sharing your friends story with us. I really needed to hear that story this evening.

I am happy to say that Silver was very perky this evening. He was into EVERYTHING! He stole a lead rope, bucket, threw a plastic chair across the room (current favorite thing to do), licked my face...after licking a salt block (Yuck) and even nipped me on my bottom (naughty boy). It was AWESOME. I just had such a wonderful night with him.

I have made the decision to get him re-shod (he is due and must wear shoes due to low heals), worm him and just stay status quo. Maybe my horse will be a medical phenomenon and live for 10 years. One can hope.

I heard of a girl today that was devastated her horse would only be pasture sound for the rest of his life. I understand her loss. However, I would take pasture sound in a heartbeat. It's amazing how unimportant some things become when a life is at stake. It would be a dream come true if my horse could live a fat and happy life in a pasture.

The retirement party plans are really taking off. One of our boarders is a pastry chef. She is making a gargantuan size carrot cake. I also ordered 50 pounds of carrots. I am going to ribbon them in bunches and hand them out as party favors.

Skylar is really excited to wear her show clothes. I have a photographer coming out to take her four-year-old pictures on Silver.

Les leaves for Israel tomorrow. I am a bit nervous about this.

I feel like I am on an emotional roller coaster. At least today I got to be at the top of the big hill.

Still Praying!

Dana

Don't just appear in life, STAR in it!

monstrpony
Sep. 19, 2003, 05:39 AM
That's the spirit, num1train! Carry on, just carry on. That is--literally--the best you can do. And we're with you, every step of the way, and when you're not watching, we're whispering in awe of what a strong and good person you are.

Enjoy every moment you can with Silver, treasure every nugget of time. In spite of the pain, it's a gift that you know NOW how important that time is. Who knows, maybe Silver will have such a good time, he'll forget to finish his illness.

Myself and my horses will be at your party on Saturday, in spirit. We'll hand out extra treats and hugs, and thank you and Silver for reminding us....

___________
He's not really a pony, and I'm really not "pony aged" either.

baycollie
Sep. 19, 2003, 05:51 AM
I admire your strength and positive outlook. Silver's retirement party sounds like the social event of the season. Please post pictures of the party, cake and your daughter with Silver. I am sure she will be adorable in her show clothes. My prayers are with your family and for safe travels for Les.

Spot
Sep. 19, 2003, 06:09 AM
Dana, Les and Silver - I am coming late to this party - I am so sorry - I didnt realize there was bad news until I read through the entire thread this morning.

I hope that you all have a wonderful retirement party for Silver and remember - just because he is retiring this weekend, doesnt mean that he wont sneak back to do some more work in the days, weeks and months to come!

Dana - honestly - like they said on Survivor last night, you're not "out" until your torch has been extinguished.
Silver's torch is still burning - pretty darned brightly too from what you are saying.

You cannot give up on him until his torch is well and truly no longer burning for you

{{{HUGS}}}

Wish I was closer - I'd be honored to attend his party

"Spot"

sweetnlo
Sep. 19, 2003, 07:39 AM
HI HO SILVER

shmon
Sep. 19, 2003, 08:15 AM
Sounds like Silver didn't read the test results! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/winkgrin.gif

Still jingling for you, Dana and Les, and for a long, happy life for Silver http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

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Whenever I feel blue, I start breathing again.

sienna&shot's
Sep. 19, 2003, 08:58 AM
That's right Silver!!! Keep your spirits up.. Maybe he is your "miracle" horse!!! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Coreene
Sep. 19, 2003, 09:45 AM
sweetnlo is right: HI HO SILVER!!!

Dana, we will all be there tomorrow for Silver's retirement party in spirit!

foursocks
Sep. 19, 2003, 01:12 PM
Silver is one lucky guy- just as you are so lucky to have him- finding a horse who touches your heart is special, and nothing can change that fact. Have a wonderful amazing party and take lots of pictures- he's going to be part of your life forever, no matter what happens. Love and hugs to you and your family, and kisses on his sweet soft nose from me!

BlackWatchLady
Sep. 19, 2003, 01:39 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by num1train:
We received the blood test results.

There was an overall 10% improvement in numbers. While this is good, it isn't good enough to save his life.

My vet wants to flush his system one more time in hopes of additional improvement. This is more of a last ditch effort to just do "something".

Once a horse or anyone enters "chronic" renal failure, there is really no turning back. The kidneys are not like the liver. They do not heal once they have been damaged.

I have accepted the fate of my darling boy. Since Tuesday night, he has started to fade a bit. He looked very "glossy" today and has gone off his hay. He still continues to eat grain though.

I put my four-year-old on him (bareback) today. He seemed to like this. She was so happy to ride her horsy. I feel like this was the last time she will ride him.

I have also made a decision to keep the final result quiet. I do not want anyone at my barn treating him like he is dying. I feel like if they do, he will stop fighting. The barn knows he is seriously ill and like this board, they are helping him fight. I will go down fighting for him and this (fill in the blank) disease.

In all likelihood, he has two weeks at the most. I did not believe that on Tuesday. I do believe it is a very real possibility today.

I will update you again as soon as I can.

Thank you for listening and understanding. Your support has helped so much.

Dana

Don't just appear in life, STAR in it!<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

I just read this, I am so sorry for you and your family and your horse, hugs,

Tara owned by Boo the wonder pinto

vxf111
Sep. 19, 2003, 02:22 PM
What could be tougher than what you and Silver are going through? Not much. Both he and your family are in my thoughs. I hope things work out because we've seen miracles on this board before and we're about due for another one http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

~Veronica

"The Son Dee Times"
"Sustained"

ChagrinSaddlery
Sep. 19, 2003, 03:27 PM
Ugh...I'm telling you someone must have my number.

We awoke today to find that our sump pump stopped working. My laundry room is under water.

Thank goodness the plumber was able to rush out and replace the pump. How frustrating.

We are going out to see Silver. I hope he is having a good day today. Skylar is really looking forward to seeing him.

I will post pictures of the party as soon as I can. Thank you for your encouragement to go through with this. It should be fun.

I will post later.

HI HO SILVER!!!!!

Dana

Don't just appear in life, STAR in it

2Dogs
Sep. 19, 2003, 06:37 PM
Go Silver!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

from red dirt land - best place to own a chestnut!

OLD A/O
Sep. 19, 2003, 07:01 PM
Yes: Hi Ho Silver !!!! Just checking in to say still in my thoughts!!

Equine Geek
Sep. 19, 2003, 07:36 PM
I'm saying a special prayer for Silver tonight. HUGs to you and your family.
Dottie

"I'd rather die while I'm living, than live while I'm dead."
-Jimmy Buffett

Adelita
Sep. 19, 2003, 07:57 PM
You were definitely, 100%, chosen to be Silver's mom and dad and little girl. No question in my mind.....there are no other souls on this earth that would have given him as perfect of a life as you are doing. Bless you.

Much love....

>^.,.^<


"I used to have an open mind but my brains kept falling out..."

Baileybff
Sep. 19, 2003, 10:06 PM
http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/yes.gif Hi Ho Silver http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/yes.gif That's perfect. Just wanted to wish Silver and you guys a good night (yes it's late). Hope tomorrow is a WONDERFUL retirement party http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/sadsmile.gif. Here's to miracles, Here's to strength, Here's to SILVER!!!
Nat http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/sadsmile.gif

"Show with C.L.A.S.S."
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"A horse is a horse of course of course"...This person obviously never met MY horse!
*Who Knew*
*Frosted Flakes*

sweetnlo
Sep. 20, 2003, 05:06 AM
Don't forget the Twinkle Toes!!!! It's just not a party til your hossies feet are glittery. Hey lots of us are too far away to attend his party, but we're there in spirit, so I think WE SHOULD ALL EAT A PIECE OF CARROT CAKE AND TOAST SILVER AND HIS FAMILY TONIGHT, SAY 7PM??

Nauset
Sep. 20, 2003, 12:04 PM
COUNT ME IN!!! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/winkgrin.gif HI HO SILVER!!

Jingle, Jingle, Jingle...

http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/winkgrin.gif

.:*:.:*:.:*:..:*:..:*:..:*:..:*:.
No Jumps, No Glory
Know Jumps, Know Glory

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Seven
Sep. 20, 2003, 12:11 PM
http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif Hi Ho Silver!! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Looking forward to pics of the retirement party! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

****
NYHR (http://www.nyhr.org)

wednesday
Sep. 20, 2003, 01:29 PM
I'm crying right now... this is such a sad story.
My heart goes out to you, Les and Dana.
My mare Wednesday has recently gone through 2 very serious colic operations. She has overcome so much, and it was almost over. But as a side effect she has chronic laminitis. She can't stand up, so she's lying down at the veterinary hospital. Her chances aren't that good.
I'm writing this as the tears go down my face. I completely understand what you're going through right now. It sucks ;x

BustersMom
Sep. 20, 2003, 02:16 PM
Dana, Les, Skylar and Silver
I hope that today was the best day ever. Thinking of you all and may there be no clouds to rain on your parade.

Member of the Baby Greenie Support Group

Madison
Sep. 20, 2003, 03:12 PM
So sorry to hear your news. The retirement party is a wonderful idea - I'm just sorry it happened so fast instead of after many wonderful years. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

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http://community.webshots.com/user/madisonav

Small Change
Sep. 20, 2003, 04:40 PM
I am very late coming into this, but I just wanted to say I am very sorry, and also to share my own OTTB story...

About 6 or 7 years ago, we went to the track to look at a hunter prospect for me, since I was growing out of my ponies. We saw some very nice horses, but ended up falling in love with a skinny little bay gelding. This little horse was cute, but not spectacular, and a good mover, but not a 10+ mover. His personality could not be topped though, and this is why we chose him over the ten or so other horses we looked at.

We brought him home and started feeding him, as well as getting his feet taken care of. He was skin and bones, and had feet with holes I could stick my thumb in because who wants to look after a horse that won't run? The whole time we worked on him, he just lapped up the attention, loving every second.

I think we had him a week or two before we started to ride him. He knew absolutely nothing but wanted so badly to please. He had one of the best attitudes I have ever seen.

About a month after we bought him, the poor little horse coliced. It turned out that he had a belly full of sand, which he had eaten while he was trying to get every last bit of hay off the floor of his stall at the track, as well as a torsion. Poor Knobby's story has a both a happy and a sad ending; we ended up euthanizing him as there wasn't much else to do...

The happy side is that because we took the risk on this poor, sad, skinny little horse who was only with us for a month, we had to go back out horse searching. Our search took us to a little out of the way barn that had two of the most gorgeous, well bred, talented and athletic thoroughbreds you could ever wish for. Both of these horses came home with us.

The moral of the story is that everything happens for a reason. We like to think that Knobby was thanking us for making his last month a comfortable and enjoyable one by sending us down the right path to find the next two horses. If we had chosen a different horse from the track, we might never have found the two horses at that out of the way barn...

I honestly am not trying to add more tears to an already sad thread, but instead show you how there is a reason behind everything that happens. Silver will take care of you, whether it is here or from the other side of the Rainbow Bridge. Our little OTTB did.

Half the failures in life arise from pulling in one's horse as he is leaping -Julius Hare

jessie1821
Sep. 20, 2003, 06:02 PM
I am late in joining too, but I just wanted to say I am so sorry http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif Jingle, Jingle, Hug, Hug Hi Ho Silver http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

~Jessie~

Baileybff
Sep. 20, 2003, 07:15 PM
I didn't have any carrot cake...but I ate some carrots (he he). I would REALLY LOVE to see pictures from the festivities!!! Silver and Skylar in all their glory~ I really hope that instead of bringing you down, this party lifted your spirits. I'm sure Silver was loffing EVERY minute of it!!
I'm still jinglin' for that miracle. My thoughts were with you through out the day. Much love and (((((HUGS)))))
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Coreene
Sep. 20, 2003, 07:28 PM
Wednesday and Small Change, big hugs to both of you.

Dana, Les, Skylar and Silver, all of our love and I hope that the party has everyone swinging from the chandeliers! {{{{{HUGS}}}}} Rejoice in having this good horse with you now and in your hearts forever.

ChagrinSaddlery
Sep. 20, 2003, 08:11 PM
Wed and Small Change, Welcome friends!

Wed, I am praying for you and your mare. As someone said, "We are due for a miracle." Perhaps, you and I can share one. If you need to talk feel free to email me. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Small Change, I am so inspired by your story. How lucky your little horse was to have you in his life. The one thing that rings true is that it is not the quantity of life that we can look at in these situations but the quality of time. Your horses are so lucky to have you.

Thinking of you both,

Dana

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ChagrinSaddlery
Sep. 20, 2003, 08:50 PM
RETIREMENT PARTY!!!

What an awesome party!

The photographer was hilarious. He had us all laughing the entire time. He took the most adorable pictures of Skylar and Silver. The weather was perfect! It could not have been better.

Skylar LOVED wearing her show clothes. She told EVERYONE who would listen that she was riding her horse today in her "special" clothes. She looked adorable!

Silver looked so handsome! I think he knew it too http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif It was kind of funny though. He was really scared of the white saddle pad. It was BRIGHT white. He kept snorting at it. I usually rode him in a black pad.

The picture session really took a lot out of him. Combine this with a party going on in the front of his stall. He was pooped.

We had a table set up with a horseshoe flower centerpiece. A friend who is a florist made it for the party. It was beautiful.

There were plenty of silver, black and white decorations. A friend who is a chef made the cake. The cake was a work of art! It had a dapple-gray horse on top surrounded by various horse pictures. It was, of course, a carrot cake. I can honestly say it was about the size of my house!!! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/lol.gif

Quite a few people showed up including a member from this very board. It was a happy party with loads of laughter and a few tears. I can't tell you how glad I am that we did this.

I loaded 50 lbs. of carrots in a wheel barrel as thank you gifts for my guests. We actually had to hide the wheel barrel. The horses were going crazy.

The owner of the barn presented us with a beautiful bouquet of flowers. Our vet checked in as well. He even took pictures of Silver.

I am certain of one thing. All of you were there. All of you gave my horse the best party ever!

Although Silver was a bit more tired today, he is still eating and drinking. Bless his heart. What a trooper.

Still Praying!
Hi Ho Silver!!

Dana

Don't just appear in life, STAR in it!

MareOne
Sep. 20, 2003, 09:32 PM
How sweet! Jingles for your boy that there is still a chance of remission....

Beethoven
Sep. 20, 2003, 11:27 PM
Wow..i have missed a lot!
Now that i have wiped my eyes, I just wanted to say that I am jingling with all of my heart for Silver! You never know miricales do happen!

I am glad the retirement party went well. What a great why to celebrate Silver and his wonderful life.

Dana and Les you are in my thoughts and prayers as well as Silver, of course.

Hi ho Silver

Jingle, jingle...

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Spot
Sep. 21, 2003, 04:48 AM
Oh WOW!

Sounds like a wonderful time was had by all! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

When do we all get to see the pictures!

"Spot"

YoungFilly
Sep. 21, 2003, 05:01 AM
I am so sorry this is happening to you and your family. I think it is so wonderful that you had a party for him, that just brought tears to my eyes. He sounds like such a sweet horse. http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/winkgrin.gif

Wicky
Sep. 21, 2003, 05:35 AM
Silver is the luckiest horse in the world, to have you and your family in his life at this time. My thoughts are with you and your family, for strength and hope, and, if (as it seems) Silver does cross the Rainbow Bridge soon, for another wonderful horse to come to you, and for your wonderful memories of your short time with Silver.

Kitti's Karisma
Sep. 21, 2003, 09:52 AM
I am so glad the party went well! You must send some pictures...even though I can imagine how wonderful it was! I'm jingling for you guys! Hi Ho Silver!

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jackandlily
Sep. 21, 2003, 12:45 PM
I can't believe I just never got around to reading this topic.. http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/sadsmile.gif I am jingling very, very hard for Silver, although it sounds like he is the happiest horse on the face of earth.

Did he get his own piece of cake? http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif Upload those pictures quick, we are all anxious to see your gorgeous boy's party!

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Coreene
Sep. 21, 2003, 01:04 PM
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HI HO SILVER!!!

ChagrinSaddlery
Sep. 21, 2003, 02:58 PM
Silver turned his nose up his cake. I tried to give him some. I really did http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif He was really tired after his photo shoot. I haven't seen him that tired in a while.

I did not do the "lead around the arena thing" last night. He was just to pooped. I let him rest in his stall and gave a little speech.

Silver has outlived the vet's predictions. Although he has his ups and downs, lately there have been more up's than downs. I am so thankful for the extra time with him.

When I bridled him and saddled him last night, I realized it would be the last time. Believe it or not this was the hardest part of the evening.

I also feel like I am living my horse’s life..kind of. I am up when he is up. I am down when he is down. I guess this is normal.

I will keep you posted.

Still Praying,
Hi Ho Silver,

Dana

PS. Les made it to Israel.

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PonyHunter6
Sep. 21, 2003, 03:24 PM
Silver will definatly be in my prayers tonight.......HI HO SILVER http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/sadsmile.gif http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

FrittSkritt
Sep. 21, 2003, 05:27 PM
still jingling here... hi ho silver! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

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