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We Lost Our Boy

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  • We Lost Our Boy

    Some may recall last spring I had finally saved enough and bought my grandaughter a child safe retired show pony to learn to ride on and love. We lost him yesterday morning to colic caused by strangulating lipoma's. He was never an obese pony in his life either. Everyone is devastated, he was seemingly so healthy we thought he'd be around a long time.

    I found him exhibiting signs of colic on sunday and immediately called the vet who got here in ten minutes. They did all the usual. Left me with meds for the night. Stayed up all night with the little guy. He became cast in his stall. We got him up. Up and down he went all night, at times in obvious pain. I called the vet back at 4:30 am. He said his condition had worsened through the night. REctal walls were ballooning and painful. Heart rate was soaring. WE led him out back by his favorite tree and put him down.

    I feel so bad for my little grandaughter. She wants her Pokey back. ASked me if I was going to die today. I thought I was doing something wonderful for her getting her a pony. She hsa dealt with several deaths this yr already animal and human. Even if she wanted to try again with another one it would be a very long time before I could get another. Sad sad times around here. Backhoe coming this afternoon, could not get one yesterday.

  • #2
    I am SO sorry for Pokey and for your daughter ...

    Give her some time and then Im sure the perfect new pony will present itself and she can move forward once again


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    • #3
      Still a lucky girl to have a Grandma like you. Deepest sympathy!


      • #4
        I'm so, so sorry

        There was *nothing* you could have done to prevent this. Lipomas are not at all uncommon in older geldings, and have nothing to do with the horse being overweight. I lost my JB to the very same thing, have a friend who lost his gelding to it, and being harder keeping TBs they were certainly never accused of carrying even an ounce too much weight.

        Your granddtr surely is a lucky girl to have a Grandma like you It's hard losing these guys. Very hard. My sympathies to all of you
        The CoTH CYA - please consult w/your veterinarian under any and all circumstances. - ET


        • #5
          I'm so sorry for your loss. RIP Pokey. Your granddaughter is truly lucky to have a Grandma like you.


          • #6
            My sympathies. Such a loss is harder for the youngsters, I think, though never easy at any age. Another pony will come along when the time is right.
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            • #7
              Aww so sorry. Hugs to everybody.
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              • #8
                HUGS to everyone who loved this pony. I am so sorry for your loss.


                • #9
                  My sympathy to all involved. As someone else said above another pony will come to be when the time is right. It will not replace the one you lost, but allow for new happy memories to be made. Hugs.


                  • #10
                    There's coffee in that nebula.


                    • #11
                      Oh, gosh, I am so very sorry for your loss. We'll jingle for comfort and healing for both your granddaughter and for you.

                      I find it comforting for myself to find another one who needs someone to love them. I know that many don't want another one right away, but I find it helps. You never replace them; you just love again.
                      "The captive bolt is not a proper tool for slaughter of equids they regain consciousness 30 seconds after being struck fully aware they are being vivisected." Dr Friedlander DVM & frmr Chief USDA Insp


                      • #12
                        So sorry for your loss. Hugs to you and your granddaughter.
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                        • #13
                          I am so very sorry for your loss. Godspeed little one. Tough lesson for a little kid, but I am glad Pokey got to know the unconditional, adoring love of a great kid for at least a little while.


                          • #14
                            So sorry for your family's tragic loss. Try to dwell on the good times and think of Pokey running free in the meadows over the bridge.
                            Breeders of Painted Thoroughbreds and Uniquely Painted Irish Sport Horses in Northeast Oklahoma


                            • #15
                              Godspeed Pokey. So sorry for your family's loss. Just a thought..... Keep your eye on the giveaway forum here. Maybe a perfect pony for your grand daughter can be found there.
                              Ridge Farm Inc.-full care retirement


                              • #16
                                Originally posted by JB View Post
                                There was *nothing* you could have done to prevent this. Lipomas are not at all uncommon in older geldings, and have nothing to do with the horse being overweight. I lost my JB to the very same thing, have a friend who lost his gelding to it, and being harder keeping TBs they were certainly never accused of carrying even an ounce too much weight.
                                JB is absolutely right. This is not your fault in any way. I also lost a gelding to a strangulating lipoma 4 years ago, and he was otherwise in great shape right up until the day he died.

                                I'm so sorry for your loss. <hugs>
                                "In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn’t merely train him to be semi-human. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming part dog."
                                -Edward Hoagland


                                • #17
                                  sorry for your loss

                                  give it time. your a good g-ma


                                  • #18
                                    So sorry, colic is a difficult thing and I lost a lease horse to colic-actually lost the horse because he could not recover from the surgery. There is no blame it really just sometimes happens.

                                    I second the addition of another pony needing love. When my son discovered what an animal shelter does with the animals that don't get adopted he cried for hours. We always get our dogs and cats from the shelter and when they leave us I tell my children that that is the committment we make. We stay with them till the end, but that if we are lucky we outlive our animals. So sorry, hope your granddaughter feels better.


                                    • #19
                                      So sorry for your loss. Hugs to all involved.


                                      • #20
                                        So, so sorry for your and your granddaughter's loss. Godspeed, Pokey.