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danielboom

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danielboom says:

Is it time?

I own an 18 year old horse who has been retired for the last 3 years due to lameness, the lameness has been managed with bute, his riding days were over about 5 years ago due to arthritis in both his hocks but a year on he developed severe lameness in his off fore, he has had veterinary treatment but the prognosis was that it will degenerate further. He has been a field companion for the last 3 years but he has now gone hopping lame on the other front leg with a deep abscess, the vet has said he either needs to be put to sleep or the abscess cut out requiring more drugs and box rest. My vet always gives you the facts but will never sway judgement which at this time does not help, he did say that he cannot quarantee the outcome and the under lying lameness will never go away. I think I have made up my mind to call it a day with him, he will miss his field companion and fret in the stable and his lameness has been harder to manage 2 bute a day up to the abscess. he body shape has changed where he cant move freely and he is costing a fortune now with physio and vets fees. He used to tear around like a loon but these days hardly shuffles around the field. I love him to bits and it breaks my heart to call it a day but when is the right time?

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Micki

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Micki says:

Re: Is it time?

Would he have to have box rest for the abcess? I am at the moment treating my old girl with a hoof abcess, she is 21 years old and retired due to an injured ligament, and she is still out n the field. I refuse to do box rest as it really winds her up. She had 9 monthsof solid boxrest when she damaged her  ligament and i said after that that i would never put her through it again.

The real question is after the abcess has cleared up what is his quality of life like? Does he still seem happy with only plodding around the field or does he seem a bit fed up with it? Only you can make the decision about how he is and if he seems happy or not.

Good luck and i know how it feels to lose a horse if you do decide to have him pts.

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alrees

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alrees says:

Re: Is it time?

I have been in this situation, but I would get a second oppinion from another vet if you could and get all the facts about the abcess, recovery and how much. If you do go through with the treatment for the abcess who likely will he pull through? what sort of quality of life will he have? I had to put my horse to sleep after having servere arthritis and stiffness in back tendons,mine was on every pain relief available, supplements, physiotherapy, a strict box rest and grass rest regime. After months of hardwork and veterinary care, I had 3 different vets view him and we all made a decision to put him to sleep, there was no way of him getting better :-(  Personally I think you know when the right time comes, my lad wasn't himself anymore, he had lost his spark and cheekyness, wish you all the best with your horse x

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danielboom

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danielboom says:

Is it time?

The abscess has been poulticed and treated with drugs for a week it has slightly burst out of the coronet band but he still cannot bear weight on it, the problem is it is so deep that part of the hoof needs to be cut away in order to drain the pus out, due to this wet weather it would be impossible to keep clean without box rest. He is half the horse he used to be, he was a real handful but now he still has some character but not the physical strength to show it, I think you are right I know this is the right time it just hurts and is hard to do without doubt keep pushing in to my mind. I promised myself the next problem he had would be his last but now its here i am gutted. :-(

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danielboom

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danielboom says:

Re: Is it time?

Another vet from the practice came out prior and mentioned pts as the abscess keeps re-occuring due to the way the horse stands on his leg compensating for the others, he again said no cure for the arthritis and questionable regarding the abscesses due to the weight on that foot all the time, thank you for the posts I think I just needed to hear a few opinions before making a decision. After 12 years in your life it is hard to see clearly. :(

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lauralou15

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lauralou15 says:

Re: Is it time?

 I think you know your horse best and you know what his quality of life is prior to and after this abcess and if you feel that he isn't enjoying life as he used to then it may be time to put him out of his misery...as much as it will be upsetting and hard you know your doing the right thing by him and if he could he would be very grateful I'm sure

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danielboom

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danielboom says:

Re: Is it time?

Thank you all my friends and family have all said the same but madly I found myself on here asking strangers opinions as I was worried they were all just being polite! so after 2 days of asking myself I have called the vet who is coming tomorrow to end his suffering, Its going to be a tough 24 hours.

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soniadevereux

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Re: Is it time?

Hi Daniel, yes it is a tough decision, but in your heart you know its right. Your lad deserve to be relaeased from his discomfort and as you are being a very thoughtful and caring owner you are making the right decision for HIM!! My goes out to you and wil be thinking of yuo. This may sound wierd now, but cut a piece of his tail off so you have a keep sake ( if you want to that is) xx

Horses - if God made anything more beautiful, he kept it for himself. ~Author Unknown

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equi

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equi says:

Re: Is it time?

 I believe this is the right decision. I can not bare animals being in pain for no reason other than our attatchment to them. I tell it like it is and if he has had his retirement and is lame all the time then it is suffering, he wont eve come sound and into work again so what is the point. he has had a good life with you and im sure he thanks you for that.

 

Hope it all goes well.

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