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Cobsandshire

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Cobsandshire says:

Noah the miracle horse (long)

Why is it, when you need to call the vet out it's always at 10:30pm on a bank holiday weekend?!

Noah my Shire is approx. 20 yrs young and has a really bad arhythmia (Spelling?) in his heart.  Anyway, I brought him in for a little hack on Saturday morning but as I was grooming him I noticed him shivering so instead I rugged him up and put him in a nice cosy barn with tons of haylage.  Anyway, when I went over in the evening, he was still on the chilly side and hadn't eaten much and there was only wet to muck out.  The lack of droppings during the day isn't unusual for him so I thought I'd see how he was doing later.  However, when I went over to do the late night check there were still no droppings, the haylage had only been nibbled and he was obviously in some discomfort so I called the vet.

The vet said it didn't look good as it could be peritonitis and even if it wasn't we could see his pulse shooting up his neck and his temperature had risen by 3 degrees, but most worryingly his heart rate (such as it is) was over 70.  The vet was expecting his heart to give out over night but gave him a painkiller and some antibiotics and told me to see if there were droppings in the morning.

There were droppings  but he was still pretty sick.  Anyway, he's gradually picked up and is raring to get out to the field again.  His sheath has become quite swollen but someone told me that's quite common when a gelding's been ill-something to do with the toxins being stored there.  I'm gonna ring the vet about that this morning.

Anyway, sorry for the long post, just been so worried I wanted to get it all off my chest!  However, it looks like Noah's not ready to leave us yet, thank God!  He's such an angel, I don't know what I'd do if I lost him.

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3MoodyMaresMum

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Noah the miracle horse (long)

Poor Noah, hope he feels better soon, feel for you they are such a worry, and your right they always pick the expensive time to call the vet!

Keep us posted and you know where we are, take care. xx

There is no greater gift than to share time with a creature of such beauty - The Horse.

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JTurnbull80

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JTurnbull80 says:

Re: Noah the miracle horse (long)

 Sounds like a tough night for you!

and your spelling is near perfect, just missed an 'r' out! --> Arrythmia.

Good to see a happy ending

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brook

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brook says:

Re: Noah the miracle horse (long)

Oh bless him, I'm so glad that Noah is getting better you must have been out of your mind with worry for him. They are amazing creatures and he is certainly a miracle horse, wishing him well, love from Lyn XX

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CharParsley620

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Re: Noah the miracle horse (long)

 i'm glad he's okay, poor chap! And Noah is a fantastic name.i love it!

It's lonely in the saddle since the horse died.

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greyandbay

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greyandbay says:

Re: Noah the miracle horse (long)

Good for Noah, he's obviously a fighter - and I hope he's really well on the mend by now. You must have been so worried though, horrible to have to go through all that.

And how's your new chap getting on?

Sue xx

The outside of a horse is good for the inside of a man - Winston Churchill

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Cobsandshire

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Cobsandshire says:

Noah the miracle horse

Thanks for your comments guys.  Unfortunately I have to have the vet out again tomorrow.  Despite a thorough clean, Noah's sheath is even more swollen and now one of his hind legs is too.  We suspect equine lymphangitis.  Annoyingly, my clippers have broken and Noah is really hairy so it's hard to tell if there are any cuts on his legs.  I've been going at his feathers with scissors but there's only so much cutting you can do before cramp sets in!

Sue, Barny is such a sweetheart!  He loves cuddles and follows me around the field.  He's leading really nicely and so far, is being a perfect gent

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