Monday, May 10, 2010

24 hours later

Rugby got through the night okay and his condition stayed the same from when I last checked on him yesterday. Vet is happy he's comfortable but everyone is baffled by what keeps making him so uncomfortable. He's staying in the medical barn and they are monitoring him and everything this horse ingests. We should have the results of his blood and stool samples by the end of today. When he's showing symptoms, it will make you think of colic but he's still passing manure and wanting to eat. The vet felt no impaction and there's no reflux into his stomach. I'm going to visit him after work and the vet said I can take him out to hand walk and graze him a little.

My poor horse. I think he's tired of being sick, too. He got shoes on Saturday and was a doll for the farrier. I was looking forward to a return to light work under saddle and now this. Many thanks for your "get-better" thoughts. Keep them coming, this Big Guy needs to get past this.

6 comments:

Kate said...

Good thoughts coming to you and Rugby - keeping fingers crossed for improvement. I'm wracking my brains for ideas as to what could be causing his problems - could it be something endocrine - thyroid or insulin resistance, for example; both can cause generalized body soreness although typically they're more likely to be issues of older horses, although there are young horse exceptions.

Golden the Pony Girl said...

One more to add to the pile of well wishes. I hope you get good results, and soon!

Breathe said...

I'm just catching up - I'm so sorry to hear about Rugby. We'll all keep him in our prayers. Mystery illnesses are the worst.

Jean said...

More positive vibes coming your way. Surely does sound strange. Wish I could offer some ideas, but it certainly seems your beautiful boy is in the best of hands.

OnTheBit said...

I hope the samples came back with some answers...poor Rugby!

Marissa said...

Thinking good thoughts for Rugby! I know you're doing everything you can for him. Hope the big guy gets better soon!