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    I rediscovered riding in my early 30s when I...

    I rediscovered riding in my early 30s when I introduced my then-8-year-old daughter to my childhood obsession. I had never shown or even been to a show before that, just lessons and trail riding as a...
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    I'll be 66 next month, and for the last few years...

    I'll be 66 next month, and for the last few years I'd been saying that if it weren't for my wonderful gelding, a talented guy who knew me and knew his job (he'd been with me since he was a very green...
  3. Saddle-shopping: who knew it could be this challenging?

    So after riding the same WB/TB cross with the curvy, hard-to-fit back for many years in the one saddle that pretty much worked for him (Amerigo CC Jump), I am now trying to fit a new, 4-year-old WB...
  4. Thank you. I realize now that he probably never...

    Thank you. I realize now that he probably never had a chance, and I know I and my team tried our best. Everyone is pretty much devastated, including my vet practice, trainer, and everyone who knew...
  5. I will be pulling for your horse. I really hope...

    I will be pulling for your horse. I really hope he does okay.
  6. Thank you, all. I have learned a lot through this...

    Thank you, all. I have learned a lot through this ordeal, but it's one of the most helpless feelings in the world, isn't it? It's so hard not to feel you let your horse down, that you could have done...
  7. I'm sad to report that we lost my wonderful...

    I'm sad to report that we lost my wonderful gelding. He was euthanized yesterday morning because all efforts at getting his laminitis under control failed, and he was beginning to sink. I'm so sad,...
  8. Thanks, we are still treating with respect to...

    Thanks, we are still treating with respect to diet and still on Prascend, so I think my vet hasn't ruled out a metabolic cause despite the one negative test result. We did get a lot of rain earlier...
  9. Well, tonight in some frustration I made the call...

    Well, tonight in some frustration I made the call to Celia Goodall at Delaware Equine. She was awesome, told me right away that Donny and Josh could do it. Also told me I shouldn't really trailer him...
  10. Well, my vet now thinks there was probably never...

    Well, my vet now thinks there was probably never an abscess, for what it's worth. He thinks there was a seroma, secondary to a stone bruise, and then somehow the laminitis was triggered. I still...
  11. You're right, and I know everyone did the best...

    You're right, and I know everyone did the best they could. In retrospect, some things could have been done better, but that's always the case. I'm not into playing a blame game, just expressing my...
  12. I'm so happy to hear your horse has done so well...

    I'm so happy to hear your horse has done so well after all that. Thanks for this, it helps a lot.
  13. My horse, who has tested negative for Cushing's,...

    My horse, who has tested negative for Cushing's, responded strongly to hoof testers from his first lame day. I just wish my vets had considered that the cause might be laminitis, not an abscess at...
  14. Congratulations on your good news, and fingers...

    Congratulations on your good news, and fingers crossed that your vet is right!
    My horse started this saga on July 22 (though I now suspect the inflammatory process had started sometime earlier than...
  15. Oh, thank you for this! I'm not totally decided...

    Oh, thank you for this! I'm not totally decided yet about whether to try to move him or not, but I may call Dr. Goodall just to see what she'd recommend, and go from there. My farrier IS Dave Kumpf,...
  16. Thanks for telling me this. It's really helpful...

    Thanks for telling me this. It's really helpful to hear both the happy endings and the sad ones. Reminding me of how difficult this is, even for the vets, is also something I need to hear. My vets...
  17. I hope your horse keeps improving. You're right...

    I hope your horse keeps improving. You're right that we depend on the experts to help us make these decisions. I have felt quite helpless and frustrated that the answers are coming a little late in...
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    Well, I've just been through treating an abscess...

    Well, I've just been through treating an abscess that lasted 6 weeks before my vets and farrier realized that it was really ongoing laminitis. I'm just saying. Everyone was sure it was just a...
  19. AKB, I'm so sorry that you had to go through that...

    AKB, I'm so sorry that you had to go through that with your horse. This is a terrible disease that I'd so far managed not to know too much about in all my years with horses. There are so many...
  20. ZuZu, I appreciate everything you're saying, and...

    ZuZu, I appreciate everything you're saying, and if I can figure out how to stop fretting and get some decent sleep, I definitely will!

    Thanks, NorCalDressage. I have insurance, including medical...
  21. After another sleep-free night of worry about my...

    After another sleep-free night of worry about my horse's situation, I'm at the place now where I am thinking I need to get him to a specialist and a referral center that also has access to an...
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    Does anyone know if Celia Goodall is with...

    Does anyone know if Celia Goodall is with Delaware Equine Center now?
  23. Thanks. Initial Cushing's test is negative, but...

    Thanks. Initial Cushing's test is negative, but we will probably retest at some point. If it had been elevated or more questionable, I think we would have gone to testing acth—thyroid is controlled...
  24. I do have an excellent farrier, but unfortunately...

    I do have an excellent farrier, but unfortunately he can only get here once a month. I have a call in to his son, who has learned from his father and is good, but I'd rather have the father. However,...
  25. Thank you. Right now it's one step at a time, for...

    Thank you. Right now it's one step at a time, for sure. I'm off soon to ice feet :sadsmile:
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