Thursday, September 27, 2012

Prayer request please

Hi friends,  I have to ask for help in the prayer department.  I've been praying like crazy since very early this morning, but I have the most awful feeling in the pit of my stomach.

My husband's beloved horse, Shad is in the throes of a colic right now.  It's not looking very good, and I'm scared that the outcome might not be a good one.  I've not given up hope, but my gut tells me to be prepared.

My husband found him cast very early this morning and came running for my help in getting him up.  We managed to get him flipped over and onto his feet, but he immediately began looking at his sides, as if in pain.  We gave him a dose of Banamine for the pain, and I called for my boss/vet to come attend to him.  The bad feeling was there from the beginning.

Shad is 24 years old and had a colic surgery when he was a 3-year old.  Neither he, nor our budget can afford another at this time in our lives...

He's a gentle soul and has never, ever been anything but kind to everyone, whether human or another animal in his entire life.  He sure doesn't deserve this.  We're doing what we can to control his pain and make him comfortable, but ultimately we're placing our boy in God's hands.

Please join me in prayer on Shad's behalf.  Also my husband's behalf, for he's been in love with this horse since the moment he first laid eyes on him over 21 years ago.  If today is Shad's day to go, it's going to be really hard on my poor husband's heart.  And there will be a huge hole in our lives.  He's the leader of our herd, and has been who they look up to forever.

Thanks so much,

Lorie

21 comments:

Maery Rose said...

Sending prayers your way!

Kate said...

I am so sorry to hear that - it's never good when an equine friend is in trouble - prayers and best wishes on the way to you and your boy.

Anonymous said...

best wishes - prayers said...

Michelle said...

Haven't heard anything since Rick left until this; NOT what I wanted to read! I'll be praying....

Michelle said...

Haven't heard anything since Rick left until this; NOT what I wanted to read! I'll be praying....

C-ingspots said...

Thank you all so much!! My boss/vet/friend/Rick just left here and has an update on Shad's condition. Apparently, he stood up and passed a lot of gas, had a full body shake and felt a lot better. They watched him a while longer, and he seemed pretty much back to normal. We're not sure he's out of the woods yet, but we're greatly encouraged. Maybe, just maybe...Shad dodged a bullet today. We're so thankful, and so hopeful. Prayer is a powerful thing. :)

anita said...

Hope he continues to recover. He looks like my sweet old boy.

Grey Horse Matters said...

Hope he continues to improve. Sending good thoughts for you and Shad.

Jenn said...

Oooh, that gas colic this time of year is AWFUL. The weather changes are so tough on our horses' delicate guts. I'm so happy he's feeling better. Colic is a horrible, terrible, no good thing.

Mrs Mom said...

Knee mails inbound from our corner of the world for all y'all. Hope Shad continues to improve, and be around for a very, very long time to come!

Annette said...

Thinking about you and Shad, praying for the best. Shad has been part of your family a long time.

Victoria Cummings said...

So happy that Shad is doing better, but I'll say a prayer and send positive thought his way. It's hard when they get to be 24. I worry abut Silk and watch her closely for any little thing now. Your husband must be so relieved. Twenty-one years is a long beautiful partnership!

Kate said...

Glad to hear he's doing better - keeping fingers crossed that he's on the mend!

fernvalley01 said...

I see he had a change for the better, but I will continue my prayers for him and you

Lea and her Mustangs said...

Praying, Lorie. keep us posted. Love you

Adventures of the Super Ponies said...

I will be sending postive thoughts his way. I lost a horse to colic and my Bre horse when through a phase of colicking multiple times a year. It is terrifying to see your horse in so much pain. Poor baby.

Strawberry Lane said...

Praying for Shad and all of you! Sending healing thoughts and a cyber hug to sweet Shad.

C-ingspots said...

You all are so appreciated!! Thank each and every one of you for your prayers, warm thoughts and kind, encouraging words. Shad, aside from many abrasions and a sore body, appears to have come through his colic. We are so thankful and are looking forward to the great, red beast being around for a long, long time to come! Love you guys!! :)

Strawberry Lane said...

Such great news about Shad. He's a hero horse. Such great news that he is doing better. The air was filled with good vibes his direction!

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

Lori, I just read this, days late...I am so sorry, and I really hope that the outcome wasn't too sad.

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

BrownEyed Cowgirl said...

Whewww...I was very glad to read your comment that Shad is doing fine. I don't peruse blogger like I used to so didn't catch your post until tonight, but darned glad to read that all well.