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Boleem...he's BAAACK....and in good shape!

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  • Boleem...he's BAAACK....and in good shape!

    I've hesitated to post until now because I was hoping his situation was not becoming critical...but my gut and experience says that it may be.

    "Bo" foundered from unknown causes over 8 days ago and he's not responding to aggressive treatment as much as we'd hoped. He showed 8 degree rotation in both fronts on films last week, but he's still terribly sore (on meds) and often down which scares me that this is ongoing. As we all know, laminitis sometimes can't be stopped and I'm just terrified for him.We will xray again this Monday to see if there is further rotation (or God forbid, he's sinking).

    Those of you that have met Boleem can understand the angst I am having while he struggles with this awful condition. He's lived his life only wanting to please peope (you could sleep in a stall with him and he'd be happy to have you there) and to perform in "workaholic", charismatic style at the highest levels of sport. And I can see in his eyes that he doesn't understand what is happening to him during this painful time. He's such a puppy of a stallion,with such an incredible "will".

    I can't get out of my mind the fact this his 1/2 "brother", Commanche (same sire), who was on the USET short list w/ Michael Barison died just before the Olympics from founder. I don't know the details or the cause. But the bottom line is that they couldn't stop it and I pray to God that Boleem does not go that route. He's 23 now (though he looks and acts like a 10 yr. old), so I suspect some age/metabolic issues may be the cause. He's so darned stoic which does not help assess his true situation from day to day.

    I hope I can call upon you to get the COTH "jingle chain" going for this "wonderfulest" of stallions. I've lost Mike and Sharon Poulin's phone# (who had him for years and competed him through GP to the long list), so if anyone here knows them, please let them know. I know a big picture of Boleem still hangs in their barn.

    I DO believe in the power of positive thinking... and any good thoughts you can send his way are surely needed right now!

    Last edited by sid; Apr. 11, 2007, 09:21 PM. Reason: updating See Little Bull Run's stallions at:
    "Argosy" - YouTube and "Boleem" - YouTube
    Boleem @ 1993 National Dressage Symposium - YouTube

  • #2
    Jingles for your boy!
    Hoping for the best!


    • #3
      Oh Susan, I'm so sorry. I will certainly jingle for Bo like crazy. I remember watching Boleem when Sharon was riding him. He is amazing, and so, so sweet. I helped groom for the Poulins one winter in Florida.

      Please let us know how he is doing. If Barbaro can fight off this insidious disease, so can he!

      Jingles, jingles!
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      • #4
        I'm so sorry! Lots of Kentucky jingles for the great Boleem.
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        • #5
          Mary in Area 1:

          Then you "know" what I am feeling. I have had over 20 horses for 20 years and have also trained many youngsters, and own other stallions. All horses are special, but it's clearto me that Boleem is extraordinarily special -- and I have been so blessed to have owned him these many years. He's an "old soul" in spirit, who worked his butt off to become one of the top ranked international horses in his sport.

          I know in my heart I will never know another one like him. Perhaps that is why I weep when I keep track of Barbaro... some horses are just magical. I'm privledged that Bo came into my life. He's simply inspirational!
 See Little Bull Run's stallions at:
          "Argosy" - YouTube and "Boleem" - YouTube
          Boleem @ 1993 National Dressage Symposium - YouTube


          • #6
            Lots of jingles from Canada! Keeping my fingers crossed!
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            • #7
              TONS of jingles coming from NC! Founder is frightening. We've been up and down that road so many times with Risque' who foundered so badly after colic surgery 7 years ago. Diligent attention with a good support team can turn the tide though. It's not a pleasant roller coaster ride and I truly hope for a good outcome for Bo.

              One thing that has been a Godsend to Risque' over the years has been the Sabre Sneaker. And when her sole got soft from all the soaking, putting a simple mixture of Betadine solution and sugar in the sneaker hardened and thickened her sole. We still have to go back to the sneaker and sugardine every now and then - and we've had to stop breeding her - but she's quite comfortable and happy. Hope her story gives YOU some hope
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              • #8
                Jingles for Boleem! I am so sorry he is going through this.

                SID, I know you probably have the best experts helping with him already but in the very off chance you are not familiar with Paul Goodness, he is a farrier who works wonders with severe founder cases.

                Also, there is an article regarding the great mare SPS Whoopy's successful battle with founder, here, which refers to some vets specializing in this condition:

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                • #9
                  Oh, no, not my boy! Definitely sending prayers Boleem's way. I know you are doing everything humanly possible. Let us know if you need anything ANYTIME - day or night. My cell is 703.203.9107


                  • #10
                    Sending lots of jingles and prayers to you and your boy!


                    • #11
                      Jingle jingle jingle!
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                        We're hesitant to change anything with shoeing right now during this acute stage and create more inflammation from hammering, etc, He's already in egg bars (left over from his GP days,but if he doesn't turn around soon, I'll send him up to Movern, then of course to Paul. My farrier is outstanding and learned his trade on the worst founders at New Bolton... as well as good buddies with Paul. My farrier doesn't even know about this situation with Bo yet.

                        The key initially is to stop the inflammation inside the hoof...though right now he's doing "better" than he was when it first started, but he's far from comfortable. In horse care...the "F" word...I hate it. Second only to the "C" word.
               See Little Bull Run's stallions at:
                        "Argosy" - YouTube and "Boleem" - YouTube
                        Boleem @ 1993 National Dressage Symposium - YouTube


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                          That sounds like a good plan. Sincerely, best wishes for Boleem's speedy recovery.

                          We are located about 10 minutes from Morven; please let us know if there is anything we can do.
                          Last edited by YankeeLawyer; Aug. 27, 2006, 11:59 AM.
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                          • #14
                            Jingles for Boleem!


                            • #15
                              oh jingle jingles jingles for Boleem!!


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                                Jingles and hugs
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                                • #17
                                  Lots of jingles for Boleem.


                                  • #18
                                    sending many jingles and positive healing thoughts for your wonderful Boleem, and hugs to you, sid, during this hard time.
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                                      Jingles from NY!
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                                        Lots of jingles for you and your boy!
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