Thursday, July 12

Goodbye, Red


old girl
Originally uploaded by duanekeys
We had to say good bye to Red last weekend.

We found Red was loosing control of her rear legs and called the vet. The doctor drew blood and spinal fluid predicting Red had Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis. She pumped Red full of steroid and pain medicine and told us she should stabilize long enough to get the results back. When the vet left Red was able to get around, though it looked like her rear was drunk. We learned that the treatment for EPM was going to be expensive and Red might not ever fully recover. We decided that we owed it to her anyway.

By the next day Red had gotten worse. She was completely unable to stand and just laid in the corral. We called the vet and she confirmed that it was indeed EPM. The vet came out and informed us that the disease had progressed too far for the treatment to be effective. We had to make that awful decision.

Many tears where shed as we said goodbye to the old girl. I take some comfort knowing that she's grazing greener pastures now.

1 comment:

Hal at Ranch Ramblins said...

Sorry to hear the sad news. Our condolances to you and Jennifer.

We had to put down a foundered mare several years ago, and the grieving was intense so I can empathize with you.