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  • Skippy crossed the rainbow bridge

    After a perfect lesson (and the satisfied high that goes with it), Skippy colicked.

    He was happily eating and suddenly just stopped, and started pawing. Just like that. Called the vet and Skippy had to go for surgery.

    From the highest high to the lowest low. I got it very early, there was no tissue damage. But his insides were all in the wrong spot. It took them a few hours to untangle it all and replace it. I'm hoping this will resolve his mystery colics - doc thinks he's always been like that!!

    So please, whomever you pray to say some for Skippy and jingle those chains. I finally left him but he looked so miserable. It just broke my heart - but at least he's still with us for now.

    ~* Be kind to one another *~
  • Original Poster

    After a perfect lesson (and the satisfied high that goes with it), Skippy colicked.

    He was happily eating and suddenly just stopped, and started pawing. Just like that. Called the vet and Skippy had to go for surgery.

    From the highest high to the lowest low. I got it very early, there was no tissue damage. But his insides were all in the wrong spot. It took them a few hours to untangle it all and replace it. I'm hoping this will resolve his mystery colics - doc thinks he's always been like that!!

    So please, whomever you pray to say some for Skippy and jingle those chains. I finally left him but he looked so miserable. It just broke my heart - but at least he's still with us for now.

    ~* Be kind to one another *~


    • #3
      *jingles* for Skippy! I'm be thinking of him.
      I have horse to sell to you. Horse good for riding. Can pull cart. Horse good size. Eats carrots and apples. Likes attention. Move head to music. No like opera! You like you buy.


      • #4
        Prayers, thoughts and jingles for Skippy! How scary. Glad you caught it early.


        • #5
          Jingles for Skippy! No tissue damage is certainly good news... that should improve your chances for a good recovery by a bunch.


          • #6
            A friend of mine's school horse colicked. It was caught early and he had surgery too. He did great and has been back in the school string doing his thing for several years now. He feels and looks great. Jingles for your boy and will hope for the exact same outcome!
            (Also remember the Kim Severson's Olympic 3-Day Silver Medal horse, Winsome Adante, had colic surgery a year or two ago and look where he's at now!)
            \"Experience is what you get just after you needed it.\"


            • #7
              Sending lots of jingles and praying a ton for Skippy!!
              *Horses give us the wings we lack*

              Basin Street Blues (Jeffrey)


              • #8
                JINGLES from the bottom of Reilly's belly..gotta run and check on him tommorrow due to very vicious weather changes.
                Go, Baby, Go......
                Aefvue Farms Footing Inspector


                • #9
                  Jingles for Skippy. Speedy recovery!
                  Derby Hill~The Outside Course


                  • #10
                    poor skippy!

                    did he go to Dr Shamus or up to Phoenix?

                    Jingling for your gorgeous boy. I'm sorry we never got together for lunch while I was in Tucson - we'll have to make a bigger effort on one of my visits!

                    And you are a fantastic horsey mom for noticing it right away.


                    • #11
                      <span class="ev_code_PURPLE">*********</span>JINGLES<span class="ev_code_PURPLE">***********</span>
                      Draumr Hesta Farm
                      "Wenn Du denkst es geht nicht mehr, kommt von irgendwo ein kleines Licht daher"
                      Member of the COTH Ignorant Disrepectful F-bombs!*- 2Dogs Farm


                      • #12
                        Jingles from NY!

                        Kiwayu & Figiso Pictures:


                        • #13
                          Jingles for Skippy!
                          LESS HARD WORK, MORE FINE DINING!™
                          complicate, obfuscate, prevaricate.


                          • #14
                            Jingles from SC!
                            We just went through this two weeks ago, only ours had to have two surgeries in 12 hours. Mia is home now and looks great! (thanks in part to the jingles form COTH!!)
                            "You can't really debate with someone who has a prescient invisible friend"


                            • #15
                              More jingles from SC!
                              Freaky Farm Hermit Clique
                              Mighty Thoroughbred Clique COMH Page: Tory Relic


                              • #16
                                <span class="ev_code_GREEN">Jingles from Texas!</span> So glad you caught it early and got him seen to.
                                In loving memory of Laura Jahnke.
                                A life lived by example, done too soon.


                                • Original Poster

                                  Thanks guys - I wish there was sobbing smilie (oxymoron!). I'm alternating between crying and feeling okay.

                                  I had no calls from the vet last night and that was good (he'll only call if there's a problem). Skippy perked up a bit when I went to visit him (I do loff him so). But then he started trembling all over and his respiration and pulse got awfully fast. Very suddenly. So they got him refluxed but there wasn't much there. They gave him a tranquilizer and he quieted down again.

                                  And in a way, that's good. He's been getting handfuls of wet hay (his appetite is pretty good!) and that wasn't in his tummy anymore so I'm optimistic that his small intestine will be functional. I will be very, VERY happy to hear that he makes manure! I was thrilled hear him pass some gas today, too, and the vet said 'that's good'.

                                  So, all things considered, he's still in guarded condition. But I know I read about so many good outcomes on these things - I just have to be positive that he's going to be okay. He looks so miserable and uncomfortable that I'm second guessing what we did - maybe letting him go would have been right? I don't know. I just can't imagine.

                                  He did try to walk out of his stall to follow me when I left - that made me cry, in a good way

                                  I know you all don't know my horse but he's pretty darn special (aren't they all?) and surely my once in a lifetime. So I thank you for keeping him in your thoughts and jingling those chains! I know I can come here and you all understand just how this feels, both the good and the bad.

                                  Ponygrl - where the heck are you, not in Tucson anymore?? Where'd you go? He is at Shamis's - thankfully he was in town. Skippy wouldn't have lasted the ride up to Gilbert and you've no idea how lucky I feel we didn't have to try that route!!
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                                  ~* Be kind to one another *~


                                  • #18
                                    I\'m not crazy. I\'m just a little unwell.


                                    • #19
                                      Reefy, so sorry about your lovely sweet boy. Jingling like crazy for Skippy!!!!!
                                      \"Tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it.\" Anne of Green Gables


                                      • #20

                                        And please don't second guess your decision! If the time comes when it *is* time to let him go, you will know.
                                        www.savethehorses.org GA Horse Rescue