Some sad news from our vet day...
First off, one of our older Sanctuary horses, Pioneer has been acting a bit weird for the last two days. Not anything specific, but laying quietly and not very interested in food. We had Dr. Schur check him out this morning first thing. Upon doing a rectal, she felt a large impaction in his large colon area. The weird thing is that he was so stoic and showed no colic signs at all. We went ahead and had him tubed with water and oil. As we were standing there as she finished up, he suddenly started to shake and pant, it was obvious that something very bad had just happened. Dr. Schur thought that he had ruptured his intestine right there in front of us, and because of his great pain, we had to have him euthanised immediately. He was put down with all of us talking to him and he passed quickly. Afterwards, we went ahead and had Dr. Schur open him up to see just what had happened and we found that his cecum had ruptured. Thankfully all of this occurred with Dr. Schur standing right there, otherwise, if he had ruptured at night for example, he would have died in incredible pain and stress. It was very sad for us as Pioneer had been with us for about three years and was well known at the rescue.
Sadly, we had to have another Sanctuary horse euthanised as well. Fremont had an advanced neurological condition that made him very uncoordinated and unsteady. It has progressed over the years that he has been with us at Shiloh, and had gotten to the point where he was falling down and injuring himself. He had become a danger to himself, his herd mates, and to people. We could no longer have his feet trimmed, the last time he had to be laid out by the vet and he had a very hard time getting up afterwards. We just could not let him suffer like that anymore and we were afraid that he would possibly break a leg and then be in even worse pain. He was put to sleep in his pasture where he lived while we comforted and talked to him and he passed away very quickly.
Losing these two horses made it a difficult day. In rescue, hard decision have to be made, and it just doesn't get any easier.