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%$&^!! Just euth'd a great great (young) horse due to colic

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  • %$&^!! Just euth'd a great great (young) horse due to colic

    Just put down a great horse (aren't they all?) this am. Was fine(looking) yesterday, then whenI was cleaning I noticed him just covered in sweat shivering. He was impacted. Rectal, tubed, 5 lts of water, pain killer, etc. more pain killers at midnight but a little better. Then this obvious distress. And a temp. The vet was worried he'd rupture on the trailer to the hospital (an hour away).

    Just so quick!

    And he was only sixteen! My one riding horse!! His best friend,my little mule, kept pulling at his legs to get him up (he's in the field with the body). Waiting on the backhoe to come dig the hole.

    NOT the fun part of horse ownership.

  • #2
    I am very sorry for your loss. It's shocking how one day, you are a team, and the next day things can change. Sounds like the little mule will need some extra hugs too.
    I always remember someone once said, there's always one bad day. It's a very bad day, but it's one day.


    • #3
      So sorry for your loss. Godspeed.
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      • #4
        Colic can go so fast.

        We had a 16 year old happy and sound horse brought back here one afternoon.
        He was turned back out to pasture with his friends.
        Last check at 11pm all was fine.
        Went to feed at daybreak and he didn't come in with the others to eat, a horse that had never missed a meal, but stood in a corner of the pens.

        Went to check him over with a flashlight and I have never seen such a sick horse,
        that was fine a few hours ago, his heart rate was so fast could not hardly count it.
        Vet lives 15 minutes away, he came right over, just barely turning daylight for him to see to treat him right where he was standing.
        We hauled him to the vet clinic 1 hour away, belly tap and ultrasound was looking bad, past surgery candidate, so he was euthanized right then and there.

        What a shock, we are still not able to talk about him.
        That is our sixth horse to colic in 40+ years and many, many horses and the second one that didn't make it.

        I am so sorry for your horse and you had to go thru that.

        BIG HUGS to you.


        • #5

          So sorry, nice looking boy!


          • #6
            Beautiful horse, so sorry you lost him. Colic is just such an awful thing.
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            • #7
              So sorry - jingles to you and the little donkey, who sounds like he will need them in the next few days.

              I hate colic. I lost one of my favorite mares to it, and I'm pretty sure I'll lose Bodie to it sometime in the near future. But once they start, there's often just nothing you can do except give them as peaceful and painless an end as possible.


              • #8
                Things can change so fast be it from colic or something else. Life is precious. I'm so sorry you lost your beautiful boy.
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                • Original Poster

                  Thank you so, so much for your kind comments! And thank you Bluey for mentioning your experience the hospital. I had the option of taking him in to the hospital, and I have been second guessing myself (should I have done that?). but the vet said that very scenario you describe could happen, that he'd be put down on the table because he was not a good candidate. I wonder - shit should I have continued with the pain killers/tubing? But then again, he had a temp, the vet kept feeling that impaction in his small colon and he was so so miserable...

                  He went with a bag of water for his travels, and sage, and a little tobacco, and of course treats.

                  I was just not at all prepared for this.


                  • #10
                    Don't second guess not going to the hospital. My trainer had a bad colic with one of her horses (one th at was very special to her) and she made the call to take him to the hospital. She had to sit with him on th e back of the trailer AL the way there to keep him up 2-3 hours). He died on the table. She really regrets putting him through that long trailer ride, as well as the fact that she was not able to bury him on the property. I don't think she would do that again, ever.


                    • #11
                      I'm so sorry for your loss.
                      "A horse's face always conveys clearly whether it is loved by its owner or simply used." - Anja Beran


                      • #12
                        I'm so sorry for your loss. Don't beat yourself up, don't second guess. Just remember your boy as he was when he was happy and healthy. {{{hugs}}}
                        Proud member of Appendix QH clique


                        • #13
                          Flip a coin. It's not what side lands that matters, but what side you were hoping for when the coin was still in the air.

                          You call it boxed wine. I call it carboardeaux.


                          • #14
                            You made the right choice for him, yourself and the little mule. No stressful trailer ride prolonging the pain. No dying scared and among strangers in an exam room or on a cold table draped in IV lines hooked up to machines. That's not the way a good horse should depart. Come to think of it I don't want to leave this earth that way either.

                            You let him go at his long time home among friends. The little mule will know not to wait for him to come back and you sent him on with respectful, traditional ritual that gave you closure.

                            Its all as it should be. Plant some pretty flowers on his grave in celebration of the time you did have him.

                            Doesnt make it easy but, as we say here on COTH quoting a posters beloved horse "This it be right".
                            When opportunity knocks it's wearing overalls and looks like work.

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                            • #15
                              I am so very sorry. You done good, but it doesn't make it easy and it doesn't make it feel right.

                              Just so very sorry.
                              "Aye God, Woodrow..."


                              • #16
                                Sorry to hear that, Lili...
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                                • #17
                                  I'm so sorry for your loss.

                                  A couple of weeks before DH and I got married three years ago my MIL lost her world champion stallion to an impaction colic. DH is the BM and he took it extremely hard too.

                                  He was a grandson of her world champion in the 1980s, a 2 time reserve world champion, and 1 time world champion, and a leading APHA sire. It was so bad...

                                  When we got him to the hospital they tubed him. Because he had so much adrenaline going it apparently made it easier for them to cut him while they inserted the tube. Somehow the tube cut him and there was blood everywhere. He drowned in it before the colic would have killed him. There was no saving him at that point though


                                  • #18
                                    I am so sorry!!
                                    I would unite with anybody to do right and with nobody to do wrong.
                                    Frederick Douglass


                                    • #19
                                      Losing a horse in this manner is shocking, difficult, and heartbreaking. You did everything you could for this lovely boy.
                                      "She is not fragile like a flower. She is fragile like a bomb."


                                      • #20
                                        Hugs and Godspeed your guy! Life can be so not fair. Quit second did right by him!