How about....my nine year old! Big sister's horse has had a lot of lameness issues because she was laminitic last year. Little sister took up the cause and keeps telling me her horse is "off".
Last week the mare fell and got a scratch on her knee. You would have thought my kid had died and gone to heaven! She is still nursing the girl back to health!
Maybe this is where it starts?
I knew a lady who had munchausen by equine proxy , and it was bad. She made her horses sick. Poopsie was sick, and losing weight (really, she could stand to drop 100 pounds or so), so she needed to feed more grain, so Poopsie foundered. She changed hay and grain at the drop of a hat so Poopsie colicked. She never turned her out because she was "lame" so Poopsie would occasionally go ballistic and actually hurt herself.
Finally the lady went through a divorce and sold the horse. I knew her in her new home, too, and all of those problems magically disappeared. It was the best case of miraculous healing I've ever seen.
ETA I was talking to a friend of mine about this subject on AIM as I was reading the thread, and she said at one of her old boarding barns they had a self care boarder whose horse couldn't gain weight to the point where he was seriously in trouble. He had bad teeth and couldn't really chew hay too well (he had it available but couldn't really eat it, but owner fed more than enough senior feed mash to make up for it). Multiple vets couldn't figure it out. Everyone was very sympathetic and helpful. One of the more observant boarders apparently noticed that this lady's grain didn't seem to go down very fast for the amount she was supposedly feeding (she fed at odd hours due to her work schedule so no one really saw her feed). Come to find out she wasn't actually feeding the horse nearly enough. She apparently had plenty of money, had expensive vets out on a regular basis, blood tests, equine nutritionists, all sorts of things but starved the horse anyway. The boarders confronted her (it was a co-op situation with no real BO) and gave her the choice of signing him over to them or them calling animal control with their evidence. She wound up signing the horse over and no one heard from her again.
Absolutely. I used to be friends with one girl who was convinced her horse was lame and there was something terribly wrong with her. She had every vet in the area look at her, none of them could find anything. None of us at the barn could see any lameness at all. She just wouldn't let it go. It was sad.
You must have known the same girl I knew...she had her horse hauled to the University lameness specialists...they worked up her horse with a fine tooth comb, and finally said to her, "we don't know what to do...you tell US where he's lame, because we can't find anything wrong with him!"
She had him put down a couple of months later, due to 'lameness'.
This was someone who wanted to own a horse but didn't really want to ride all that much. She should have gotten herself a darling little burro or something. So many people are crazy...what to do?
I'm ashamed to admit that my vet actually called me a horse hypochondriac once! LOL My gelding usually does have something going on when I'm concerned, so I don't think I'm completely neurotic.
The biggest scare was when I thought he had melanoma. I had a thread about this. I was sure I was saying goodbye to my best friend. I didn't put in an emergency call when I found the first lumps, but I did ask my vet to come out that week. We're still not 100% sure what was going on. The first test -- cell samples she took by syringe -- indicated that it was melanoma; then we biopsied and they all came back negative and the test results showed it looked more like an allergic reaction. But anyway, I was a mess those weeks. It was scary and I do feel justified
When she comes out to do annual exams/vaccines, I usually have some concerns that I point out. And yes, the concerns are usually with my gelding, and not my mare. Mare is less healthy, but I do worry more about gelding. Maybe I am a horse hypochondriac?!?!
My concerns aren't usually weird diseases. I'll mention a cough and runny noise and want blood pulled. I've been concerned about foot issues too and have asked for a vet's opinion. But I don't call them in the middle of the night or show up at the clinic unannounced. I'm not *that* bad!
My horses are kept at my parents farm. I'll sometimes browse through our shared collection of horse health books and my dad will ask me what my gelding is suffering from this time...
But in my head it all makes sense and I'm just being proactive to ensure my horse's health