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Re: [RC] [RC] A lesson learned the hard way - Maryanne Gabbani

Most of mine are barefoot since we have nice footing for riding and they aren't ridden to death, thank heaven. But so many people here I've spoken to have come over with that "Omigod, where did I see that scrap of rope?" look on their faces when I told them about Tinguely. I have 4 grooms and 2 gardeners on staff here (low wages in Egypt and nothing at all in the way of anything easy make this both necessary and possible) who have had me chasing them to pick up bits of plastic or paper or feed bag all the time. Apparently it's sinking in because a friend who was here while they were treating Tinguely was very impressed that they collected every bit of the wrappings of the Ringers, syringes and canulas and put them into a bag to be thrown out. All too often people just leave them lying around. Having shown them what a hunk of rope turns into in a horse stomach, they are being even more careful.

Maryanne

On Jan 7, 2008 4:10 PM, Ranelle Rubin <raneller@xxxxxxx> wrote:
..a good friend of mine just spent $8K at UCD on surgery to find an enterolith with a horseshoe nail at the center when it was sawed in two....luckily the horse survived, but it sure will make me the "nail police" when my horses are shod..luckily, they don't spend much time where they are shod.

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Date: Mon, 7 Jan 2008 10:47:35 +0200
From: msgabbani@xxxxxxxxx
To: Ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [RC] A lesson learned the hard way


A few days ago a friend of mine called me from a business trip to Dubai because her 20+ year old stallion Tinguely was doing very poorly at the country club just up the road where she boarded him. She didn't trust the vet there (quite correctly) and wanted him to be monitored more closely than had been done, so we moved him over here to the ICU unit...the one box on my farm. Tinguely looked great on the outside, shiny coat and a bounce in his step, but he had a weird rash over one side of his neck, his mouth had the most appalling collection of ulcers and infected spots, and when he wasn't trying to chat up my mares, he was pawing the ground in obvious discomfort. I got a couple of vets in to see what was going on because the accounts of his problem that I was getting from his groom at the club were fragmentary. Apparently the horse hadn't pooped properly in ages but no one had thought to put him on IV fluids or to treat at least the mouth infection with antibiotics. We did so for two days trying everything we could short of surgery, which in our neighbourhood just isn't a possiblity, to help him. Tinguely collapsed dead in the box at 3am this morning.

My head groom went with the body by bulldozer up into the quarries where we bury our horses in the old quarries and took a scalpel to open the body before burial to see just what had killed Tinguely. He found a ball about the size of an orange at the ruptured cecum. The ball was composed of a chunk of rope or old halter that Tinguely had chewed up and swallowed. This had collected a coating of vegetable matter and sand turning it into something with the solidity of a stone and the surface of sandpaper. No wonder at all that this horse had been in discomfort for some time. And no wonder he died.

Now to go and make sure that there are no old bits of rope left over from canine tug of war games in the paddocks.

Damn.

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Maryanne Stroud Gabbani
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Maryanne Stroud Gabbani
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Egypt Face to Face
www.alsorat.com
Weblogs:
Living In Egypt
miloflamingo.blogspot.com
Cairo/Giza Daily Photo
cairogizadailyphoto.blogspot.com
Turn Right At The Sarcophagus
haramlik.blogspot.com
Photos of Egypt:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/livinginegypt/
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[RC] A lesson learned the hard way, Maryanne Gabbani
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