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post #151 of 176
I am so sorry to hear that Racer is ill. I am sending out prayers and positive thoughts for the both of you. I hope his tests come back positive and he makes a complete recovery!
post #152 of 176
Aww M.A. ((((((HUGS))))) . That is the hard thing to do leave your loved animal by the vet . I know how it feel and know the pain you are having right now .Hang in there girl , it is for his good at this time and who knows they may find out something good and a great cure for Racer .

M.A. I will continue to pray for you and Racer :angel2:
post #153 of 176
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Originally posted by hissy
Thanks Guys,

He is over at the vet barn, and I just called to see how he was doing. I so hated leaving him there this morning. The girl said he is a cutie, and smart, and I can't have him back! LOL They have totally fallen in love with him. Said most horses just hang out in the back of the paddock, but every time they go out to see him, he comes up and puts his beautiful head on their shoulder and gives them his characteristic hug. I MISS HIM SO- call me a wuss, I don't care, but I want him home!
If you're a wuss, so are we all, around this site -- and PROUD OF IT! Sounds like he knows it's for his own good and is being a great sport about it. Don't ya just love him all the more when he displays that attitude.
post #154 of 176
MA

At least you should have some comfort knowing that the people taking care of him there are caring and kind. I will keep watching for updates!
post #155 of 176
Thanks for the update on Racer...I think of him so often...it sounds like he is in good hands...I will continue to pray. You also are in my thoughts alot MaryAnne...I love you.
post #156 of 176
Thread Starter 
Just letting you know that the test results came in and he does not have Cushings Disease. The vet is still stymied about why he foundered and says now the goal is to keep him trimmed and shoed so he learns to walk on the center of his foot instead of on the toe, and then maybe we can repair the bone rotation that has already happened. The good news too, is he has not rotated anymore so he is remaining steady. Thanks to all of you for your prayers, they have kept me grounded thus far-
post #157 of 176
I don't know a hole lot about horses and so don't really know if that is all good that the test come back like that . But I do know that Racer is still not all well . Please hang in there M.A. , I know it is hard on you (((((( HUGS ))))))

So I will continue to pray for Racer and for strengh fo you M.A. to go through this rough time with him :angel2:
post #158 of 176
Keeping the prayers coming for you and Racer!
post #159 of 176
Things equine are a mystery to me, so I take at face value and as good news the fact that the condition you feared is not present, and he's stable. No small thing, though it's also clear from what you say that he's still got a long row to hoe. So the prayers continue. Hang in there, MA, and give the boy an extra hug from me when you get a chance.
post #160 of 176
I'm so glad to hear he does not have Cushings disease and that he hasn't rotated!! That is some very good news! I'm keeping the prayers coming.
post #161 of 176
That's wonderful news MA! I'm hoping & praying he makes a full recovery!
post #162 of 176
Fantastic news! We will all keep saying prayers for you and Racer!!
post #163 of 176
Thread Starter 
After doing some of my own research over the Net, I left a message with my vet about testing Racer for glucose intolerance the other day. The vet just called me back. Apparently he has not really heard of this problem in horses, so he did some research and found out that Racer presents with 7 of the 10 symptoms on the bill for this! He made some phone calls talking to vets in England and Australia where they actually have this symptom cropping up a lot and got some more information about it.

If we do test for this, Racer has to be fasted, he has to be home, (because he can't be stressed) and he can't be in pain. Oddly enough, this week there is a talk being presented in Albany (nearby town) on this subject (open only to vets) and my vet is going to go! He said I need to be patient and wait for him to get back to me, but this can be controlled with diet. There is apparently a medicine for it that cures it, but it is prohibitively expensive, coming out of Australia where it was patented. My vet said that out of everything he has looked at about Racer's founder, this makes the MOST sense!
post #164 of 176
WOW , if that is the case at least you know what is going on with Racer . At least there would be a cure for it .
post #165 of 176
Hissy - I have been watching this thread even though I don't post much, but I have kept Racer and you and Mike in my thoughts and I am so glad that you may have found the reason of all this.

post #166 of 176
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Originally posted by hissy
After doing some of my own research over the Net, I left a message with my vet about testing Racer for glucose intolerance the other day. The vet just called me back. Apparently he has not really heard of this problem in horses, so he did some research and found out that Racer presents with 7 of the 10 symptoms on the bill for this!
MA that is fascinating! The diet I follow is for treating my glucose intolerance, and the diet my pre-diabetic/early diabetic cat is on follows what I eat - high protein, high fiber, good amount of fat, controlled frequency and amounts of carbohydrates.

I look forward to hearing what the diet is for a horse with this, and am SO very pleased you may have found your answer. As the gal from the flylady list would put it, sounds like you had a "God Breeze".
post #167 of 176
I'm speechless -- well, not quite. Oh, MA, how I hope that this is your answer! Something you can actually DO something about. WOW! I'm all tingles and teary-eyed. More prayers for all of you.
post #168 of 176
racer is in my prayers...poor baby...i was raised with horses....and i know this is hard...keep your chin up hun...
Lorien
post #169 of 176
Thread Starter 
I slept in this morning- I was so damn tired, I just crashed. I got up 2 hours late to feed and went out to the horses. Racer was standing in the middle of the field and I whistled them in. He looked right at me and flung his head back and forth in rapid succession shaking it as if saying NO! With a sinking feeling I watched him as I grained Trav, and still he did not move, then I whistled one more time and he tried to walk, and it broke my heart to watch him try. He didn't move but inches, his front legs were not on the ground and he was back to the founder rocker stance. I flew into the house and called my vet and asked him if this was normal? To be doing so good, and then to not be able to walk? He told me no, at this stage, although Racer should be sore, he shouldn't be immobile! I was instructed to give him 2 bute and wait a bit to see what happened. I gave him his bute, at this point this horse is getting his meds in hot water in his grain pan. I am not feeding him strategy, oats, or anything but hay- valley hay, not the green stuff. He took his meds and we slowly and I mean two tiny steps and a rest, we walked to his stall. I piled up the bedding for him, gave him some hay and fresh water, and as far as I am concerned, he is under house arrest! The stalls (there are two of them divided) are 14'x16' so he has room to turn around and walk and sleep. I went to pick his feet, and he went down on me. The only thing I could do was back him to the divider and let him prop his butt on the boards to take the weight off. I only cleaned his front feet, not his rear. I have tears in my heart when I write this. I am sorry if you guys think I am being a baby. When I have an emergency with my cats or dogs, I handle it at the time, keep my head and don't get hysterical. I think clearly and I don't mess up, but with him I just fall apart. The vet wants me to call him later this morning after the bute takes effect. I just don't know what to do anymore, I clearly am in over my head with this. I just want him out of pain- it's a simple prayer, I say in daily and nightly. I just want my horse back. Pounding pulses in both legs again, and I am just left wondering what the hell happened?
post #170 of 176
Ahhh M.A. I am so sorry ((((((HUGS))))))
I know how you feel , thats how I was feeling with Ginger .
This is so heart breaking and the sad thing is that you cant do a thing about it , what make it even worse . Oh please hang in there , Racer needs you now more then ever .

Just to let you know , I pray daily for Racer and for you
post #171 of 176
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I am sorry if you guys think I am being a baby.
Not on your life, Hissy! Not with the relationship you obviously have with this guy! It breaks my heart to hear of this setback -- especially when it looked as if there might be real answers around the corner -- well, perhaps there still are, when (not if) you get him past this hurdle.

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I just don't know what to do anymore, I clearly am in over my head with this. I just want him out of pain- it's a simple prayer, I say in daily and nightly.
And that you certainly can do -- as will I and all your friends here.
post #172 of 176
Oh, Mary Anne...I am so sorry that he is in so much pain. I can't imagine how upset you are right now. It makes it worse that there isn't more that you can do to make him feel better.

Please remember that we are all here for you.

I am sending all my healing thoughts striaght to Racer (and my hugs straight to you).
post #173 of 176
I'm so sorry. You've had a long, hard journey trying to get him better - it must be incredibly tough to see him in such pain. *hugs*

Sending prayers for him to get better
post #174 of 176
I have been following this thread but haven't been posting much. I am so sorry you and Racer are going through this and that he has had this setback. I am sending major healing vibes to Racer, and special thoughts and prayers to you for the strength to continue trying to help him. Hopefully, you will get some real answers soon!
post #175 of 176
Oh MaryAnne...I'm so sorry things seem to have taken a turn for the worse. I wish there was something I could do...I feel so helpless to make you feel any better or to do anything for Racer...but I do pray and I will keep praying. *HUGS*
post #176 of 176
(((HUGS))) to you and Racer. I'm so very sorry to hear of this setback - you were so optimistic. I keep Racer and you in my thoughts very often and will continue to do so.
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