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Date:4/17/2014 6:02:20 PM
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Lymes Disease
After having Cash here for two weeks we noticed something wasn't quite right with him. He seemed weak and could have been pushed over with the touch of a hand. We immediately called our vet and he did blood work on him and sent it to Cornell University in New York. The results came back positive for Lymes Disease. My heart sunk...the vet suggested putting him down. I asked if there was anything we could do to try to save him and he replied "Yes but it is a very expensive, long going treatment and I cannot gaurantee that it will work for him." We decided to go for it and start him on his 3 month, twice daily medication. I said many silent prayers during this time because he was simply too sweet of a guy to put down. Every day, twice a day I used a coffee grinder to crush his pills to add to his applesauce and oats...determined he was going to pull through this. I could not ride him for this entire time because the Lymes disease had weakened him...he needed to regain his strength. We walked every day...out in the field, over to the neighbors and hung out together in the barn. He had become my best friend and I think I had become his too.
After the completion of his meds it was time for another blood test. The waiting for the results was the hardest wait I think I've ever been through. Finally a week later our vet called with his results. The news we recieved that day was the best news ever. Cornell University stamped his results for Lymes Disease completely cured. I was so excited! I bought him a new gaited horse saddle and a new bitless bridal. Our first ride was such a joy! I truely think Cash and I had built such a strong bond during his healing time. He is my dream come true and we are a team him and I. I walk out into his pasture when he is laying down and sit beside him rubbing his neck. One day I layed on his back while he was laying down and with just a tug of his mane he stood up and carried me across the field in the sunshine...there i was...riding bareback and with no halter or bit. I am so thankful to have him today and together he and I are always learning and doing new things. I can't imagine life without him.
I strongly urge anyone owning a horse to have them tested for Lymes Disease as there have been many cases showing up throughout the country. The test is simple and if caught in time can be cured.
No broken hearts here...just lots of horsing around and plenty of love. ~Linda~
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