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Fun Filled Night At My House...


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This evening, around 5 o'clock, I get a call about a sick horse. Thought the horse had colic and needed someone who could IV some bantamine. Get there and the horse has a foal on its side, around a week old. The horse gets up off the ground when I get in the pen with her, and I realize fairly quickly that this isn't colic. The horse seemed to be completely seized up, all of its body.

To worsen matters, her bags were completely dry, and the filly was dying to eat. Every time mom would get up and move around for a minute, baby would try to nurse. Simply nothing there. So after giving the shot, some pain seemed to be realived. Figured maybe the horse is a bit dehydrated, let's get her some electrolytes. Skin wasn't sticky, so it didn't seem to add up, but it was with a shot. (I feel like everyone is wondering where the owner and vet is at this point, so Ill answer. Owner was thrown on Mother's Day and has 4 broken ribs and a punctured lung. No money for vet.) shot some electolytes into the mouth by syringe, as well as some Karo sugar. Nothing. Would hardly open the mouth for me to get a syringe in.

The more I fooled with the horse, the more I felt like the horse had tetanus. The locked jaw. The seemingly spazzing muscles. My bet finally calls me back, apparently she was on the tractor lol. She agrees. Send her a video and she very much agrees. Horse needs to be euthanized. So now, I have a week old filly in the barn in the back yard who needs to be given milk every 2 hours. What's a guy to do?

Tl;dr? I've got an orphan foal at my house to take care of for the next 3-4 months.

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you have any clue what happened? I'm trying to figure it out. I almost fell like it was a severe severe case of colic

Fairly certain she got tetanus postpartum. Mare hadn't been vaccinated. It's fairly common in unvaccinated mares. She probably didn't pass all of the placenta or something of that nature.

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Fairly certain she got tetanus postpartum. Mare hadn't been vaccinated. It's fairly common in unvaccinated mares. She probably didn't pass all of the placenta or something of that nature.

ahhhh gotcha. that makes sense with the last part yoou said.

I hate to hear she died and hate it for you as well.

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ahhhh gotcha. that makes sense with the last part yoou said.

I hate to hear she died and hate it for you as well.

Not a huge deal for me. The fiancé loves this ****. Hardest part will be hearing that alarm go off all night lol. And getting the thing out of my barn once it's that age. I know she'll be attached by that time, but it's certainly not staying lol.

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