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CAROL A GERMAN
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Posted on Thursday, Dec 21, 2006 - 9:11 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

My 19 years old draft cross mare died unexpectedly this past weekend. I had her for 7 year and she was never sick . She appeared to have just dropped dead out in the pasture, with no signs of thrashing about and she did not have a mark on her body. Anybody have any thoughts on what could have caused this, as I am completely baffled by it. Thanks.
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Sara Wolff
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Posted on Thursday, Dec 21, 2006 - 9:26 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

I'm sorry you lost your mare. Take comfort in the fact that she apparently died quietly without suffering. She could have had a heart attack or an annurism in the brain. I had a horse die from a brain annurism and it was very sudden. They are susceptable to a lot of the same things as people.
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Wiley Gillmor
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Posted on Thursday, Dec 21, 2006 - 9:55 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Carol,

Sorry for your loss. My 22 year old TB similarly dropped dead about six weeks ago. My vet said that aortic aneurysms are the most common cause of sudden unexpected death in horses.

If our horses have the deaths we want for them, it comes as a shock to us.

Take care.

Wiley
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Lee
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Posted on Friday, Dec 22, 2006 - 2:08 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

This kind of loss has touched many of us. It is such a harsh, discordant, jarring experience. But as others have said, it is a good way to go.....it just takes such a long time for us to come to terms with it. My own loss was from a lightning strike to a fifteen year old gelding. It hurts. For a long time. Aneurysm sounds like a possibility. My heartfelt sympathy....it takes awhile to run it's course.....so very sorry it happened around the holidays.
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Robert N. Oglesby DVM
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Posted on Friday, Dec 22, 2006 - 7:05 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

My condolences Carol. As others have written above there are many possibilities but most center around a catastrophic event of the brain or heart, which includes lightening strike, but without a necropsy it is impossible to say more.
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Tonya Bauer
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Posted on Friday, Dec 22, 2006 - 4:04 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Dear Carol,


You have my heart-felt sympathy for the loss of your loved mare. Please accept my condolences.

With thoughts and prayers,
Tonya
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Lilo
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Posted on Saturday, Dec 23, 2006 - 9:49 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

My condolences. My experiences have always been with the heart-wrenching decision to have a horse (or cat or dog) put down.
However, a friend of mine had a horse drop dead so suddenly. As he was turned out in the snowy pasture, he started running and suddenly went down, dead. He was in his early twenties, and not sick at all before that.
Lilo
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Susan M. Herrick
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Posted on Saturday, Dec 23, 2006 - 3:08 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Carol, so sorry for your loss
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Joanne M. Friedman
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Posted on Monday, Dec 25, 2006 - 9:01 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

We just lost a horse unexpectedly on Monday, so I can really feel your pain. Ours was 16, perfectly healthy (we thought) and destined for a long life. He colicked, went down, seized, convulsed, was calmed by meds and within five hours was brain dead. Necropsy showed significant liver and intestinal damage, probably days old. He'd worked right through the pain. We still don't know the cause.

One of my friends told me, "This is why I don't have horses." I feel that nothing--not even traumatic death--can override even a short period of joy and companionship. That's what life's about, isn't it?

My sympathy to you, Carol.
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Kim
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Posted on Monday, Dec 25, 2006 - 12:26 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

My deepest sympathies to all of you. Joanne, you are so right! I'll take the heartache that will come greatfully, to have enjoyed what I have with each of my equine friends.
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Corinne Meadows
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Posted on Tuesday, Dec 26, 2006 - 10:58 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Carol...so sorry for your heart wrenching loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you!

Hugs,
Corinne
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avandia
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Posted on Tuesday, Dec 23, 2008 - 5:51 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Our 8yr old thoroughbred gelding did a beautiful gallop around his paddock slid over, got up staggered towards the electric fence keeled over and died.

He could not see me standing in front of him trying to turn him away from the fence.

We had been poulticing his hoof where a nail had been removed from the frog. We had taken him to the beach to paddle in salt water.

Could this have been septic poisoning.

My heart aches, this was one of the 'special' horses that you only get once in a lifetime.
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Diane E.
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Posted on Tuesday, Dec 23, 2008 - 8:05 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Avandia, SO sorry for your loss. I don't know if you can be sure of the cause without an autopsy.
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Susan M. Herrick
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Posted on Tuesday, Dec 23, 2008 - 8:30 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Soo very sorry for your horrible loss.
suz
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Lori
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Posted on Tuesday, Dec 23, 2008 - 8:56 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Avandia,

I am so sorry you had to be there for that tragic moment.
I hope you can take comfort that he was happily enjoying a gallop doing what horses love.
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Shirley Johnson
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Posted on Tuesday, Dec 23, 2008 - 11:11 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

My sympathy goes out to you during this time of loss.

Shirley
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LL
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Posted on Wednesday, Dec 24, 2008 - 7:51 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

How terrible Avandia. I am so sorry.
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Fran C
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Posted on Wednesday, Dec 24, 2008 - 9:23 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

My deepest condolances, Avandia for your very sad loss. I hope that you find an answer that may bring you comfort.
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Robert N. Oglesby DVM
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Posted on Wednesday, Dec 24, 2008 - 11:10 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

My condolences avandia. Septic poisoning is an unlikely cause of sudden death even when present and from the information provided unlikely to be present in your case.
DrO
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