Tuesday, March 30, 2010

More on Mingo

Mingo is holding steady, but for as much as he now wants to eat, (everything but hay,) I think he is still losing weight. I am pretty sure of what the vet is going to suggest this week when she comes out for shots, and I am at peace with it—whatever is wrong with him, he isn’t comfortable, and I can’t let him starve to death. I will wait until the second round of spring shots—not the first. We will then have one final week to love him like crazy.

Poor guy. He is such a good-hearted horse. He certainly didn’t deserve this. I have never known a horse who enjoyed being with people more than he did. I think he liked people better than horses. He hasn’t been that way for a while, though. Usually, unless we have food, he doesn’t want a thing to do with us. Lately, though, there have been times when he just wants me to pet his face and talk to him.

He is only 14, and I have had him since birth.
I sure am going to miss him


Rising Rainbow said...

I am trying to make this tough decision too. I hate being in this place as I'm sure do you. I wish you peace as you travel down this road.

achieve1dream said...

I'm so sorry you're having to make this decision. It probably is for the best though from what you describe. Hugs.

achieve1dream said...

I saw something in my local Horseman's Roundup that I've never heard of before and it made me think of Mingo. I don't want to get your hopes up, but it's called Equine Piroplasmosis and it's a blood parasite that was recently introduced into the US from Mexico so it's not very well know. The symptoms are anemia, depression, anorexia, fever, pale mucous membranes, icterus and small hemorrhages. The depression and anorexia are what got my attention. Obviously I don't know if he's anemic or not. It also says that the horse may have a fever and then spontaneously recover (which made me think of his fever). Anyway it was a thought. I know it's probably too out there but I'd feel bad if I didn't mention it since it is so newly introduced into the US.