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Re: [RC] [RC] Our First 100 - Dawn Carrie

You experience sounds very similar to what happened to my husband's horse at High Roller in Dec. this year.  At the 33 mile mark of the 50, we came in, his horse had been eating and drinking great at the prior hold and on trail, in fact we'd just stopped and let the horses graze on some good grass a few miles out of camp on that second loop.  We were riding slow, I think only 4 people were behind us.  Vetted through great, A or A- on gut sounds, and in fact I could hear his horse's gut sounds as we stood in line, as I was standing right alongside his horse.  I led both horses back to the trailer, and almost to the trailer his horse suddenly started to drag.  Got to the trailer, and his horse was obviously uncomfortable and pawing.  Got my steth, and almost no gut sounds.  Back to the vet, who confirmed the quiet guts, gave banamine and something else, and about an hour or 2 later, the horse was ok.  Vet said he was not dehydrated.  We did have Dennis (the vet) run his blood chemistry while this was all happening, and everything, including elytes, was within normal parameters.  We wracked our brains to try and figure out what we did wrong/different, and still haven't figured it out.  The horse had never had a problem before, and hasn't since.
I'm like you, I tend to think these things don't happen for *no* reason, but sometimes it's beyond our ability to figure it out.  The only thing we could think of to do was a Panacur Purge, as it had been about 7 months since we'd done one; don't know if that was the issue or not, but at least it made *us* feel better to do something.
Reading your account, I don't see anything that raises a red flag...it looks like your mare was doing just fine and taking good care of herself, you weren't riding fast, but something still went wrong.  Things like this, and what happened with my husband's horse, serve to remind all of us that it's not just those overriding their horses who can end up on the wrong end of things. 
Dawn Carrie

On 4/28/08, Todd Hezeau <maccwall@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
I have a sort of technical question/problem/issue, whatever you wish to call it. This may be a bit long but I'm looking for some input. My mare and I attempted our first 100 miler this past weekend at Bluebonnet and I had to pull her at the 55 mile hold. She was doing wonderful as far as the ride went in my opinion and she was full of energy as I was having to hold her back on the first 2 loops to the speed I thought we should be going not the speed she thought she should be going (that has gotten us in trouble before). The first three loops were a 25 mile, and 2 - 15 mile loops with an hour hold after the 25 and 30 minutes after the 2 - 15's. She was eating everything in site and drinking very well. At the holds she would clean her feed pan. On the last loop she seemed to settle down and I wasn't having to fight her to keep her back. She did not drink on the last 3 water stops that we stopped at but was still eating well. We got back to camp and she had
refused to drink and had stopped eating. Red light went up. We got through the vet check and there was nothing of concern except what I had just mentioned. She had pulsed down quite quickly and her CRI was 16/14 with all other vet scores being an A except her gut sound which were a B- (Vet told me that gut sounds were weak on alot of horses that day). She was not dehydrated either (that was the vets opinion as well as mine). Everything appeared normal. I took her back to her pen and she started to paw the ground and went down to roll. Now she likes to roll at holds so I wanted to see if this was a pain roll or a "feel good" roll. I know her well enough to know this was not a "feel good" roll. Took her back to the vets and pulled. She did not get any better and was administered Banamine and Dipan (sp?). About 30 minutes after that she was eating and feeling better.
I had started her on a new mix in her elytes which consisted of Perform and Win, which I have used for a long while with very good luck. The new stuff introduced was ProBios (which I have given to her at rides only not mixed with the elytes), BCAA, and calcium all mixed in with the elytes and served in a 60cc syringe with plain yogurt. The weather was not terribly hot (upper 70's) in my opinion (we've competed in alot hotter weather with no issues although she doesn't do great in hot weather) and the humidity was about normal for this time of the year in Texas.
I guess what I'm looking for is what I could've done to maybe prevent this or is it just something that "happens". I know horses have bad days like people but I don't believe things happen for no reason, especially in a living creature. I know she can do it. She completed a 75 at these same trails in February with no problems and completed 67 of a 75 at Heart of the Hills ride in March (pulled because of a sore back). She is probably in the best shape she has been in since I have owned her and since we are flatlanders, I have taking her to an aquatread to build up her back muscles(which has been working great by the way). We rode the ride slow (average 6 to 6.5 MPH according to my GPS). I tried to do everything I could to prepare her for this ride. The vet at this ride has a machine that does a blood test on site and that is the next step I 'd like to do to see if there is any imbalances (money at rides being an issue but that's another post right?)
Any opinions or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Sorry for the long post.

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[RC] Our First 100, Todd Hezeau