Ebony & Ivory - Sad news

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Ebony & Ivory - Sad news

Postby majxmom on Thu Jul 10, 2008 1:38 pm

For those of you who knew them from CBER, Ebony and Ivory were a pair of horses adopted from the feedlot. Ebony was a black TWH, Ivory a white Appaloosa or POA. Ebony had a broken knee and Ivory was blinded by a tumor in her head. Ebony was dashing around the feedlot on his broken knee defending Ivory from the other horses. He would put his neck over hers and steer her away from horses. They came to me after another adopter bowed out. Here's the update I sent CBER today:

On Tuesday, I made the decision to euthanize Ebony and Ivory together. :(

Ebony's broken knee was about the size of a baseball hanging off his knee when I got him. It had evolved over the past three years into a softball, but just since this spring, his knee was suddenly the size of a volleyball. He became very bow-legged. My vet came out on Tuesday to do vaccinations, and when we entered E&I's stall, I said, "I guess we ought to look at these two before..." and right away she started shaking her head. She noticed his shoulder immediately, which had become quite deformed from the strain. His muscles had atrophied somewhat around the upper arm and shoulder, and the shoulder blade had become bowed-out and remodeled into a very odd looking bone. She said that this was a sign that he would go down one day soon and not be able to rise. I pointed out that he had almost no frog left in the good leg, and she said that really, he could be a big problem any morning, and it would be soon. I asked her rather in surprise if she meant that we should do it that day, and she said yes, if the livestock removal could make it out. Then I said that if he went, that Ivory ought to go as well.

We moved over to look at Ivory. Ivory has had a slow growing cancer in her head since I've had her. It looked like a Superball gradually invading her eye from the bottom. The eye had really changed in the last two weeks. The aqueous humor had been pushed out. It had started to shrivel up and needed to be enucleated, but she was about 30 years old, and would be in a panic if Ebony left, so the vet agreed that they should both be done. Ivory's eye was obviously painful to her that day, and she was squinting all the time until we took them out of the stall. We walked them out to the front lawn, and I could really see how bad Ebony was once he was out of his own enclosure. While the vet was preparing the solutions, we just let them graze on the lawn in the shade. They seemed very happy and not at all apprehensive.

The vet gave Ivory a shot of Rompun to tranq her, and then gave her the Euthanol. After she eased down, Ebony fretted a little, just whinnying a little but not going crazy. He was breaking my heart, though, with his little whinnies. I wish we would have given them both Rompun and then proceeded. Anyway, they both went down very nicely. Big old Ebony expired right away, but little Ivory kept having a diaphragm spasm every once in a while until Ebony was gone. Waited for him to the end, I guess.

I'm very, very comfortable with the decision after I saw how stiffly he was moving in the grass. They had lived three good years since I had them. They were in a panic and stuck on each other every minute when they came, and a week later they were calm buddies that could be 50 feet apart, so I know that they felt very secure. I never felt that they had a lot of time left, so I fed the heck out of them and they loved every minute of it. When Ebony came, he was laying back his ears at every approach and would jump out of his skin when I raked the manure around his feet. Every time I raked around him in the last year, I marvelled at how much trust we had built up. He never thought I was going to make him move before he was set up to do it, and he was a wonderful horse to be around. Ivory was just a little dolly.

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but they lived a good life for several years longer than they could have.
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Re: Ebony & Ivory - Sad news

Postby Cooper on Thu Jul 10, 2008 2:53 pm

Bless you for taking such good care of these two special horses. You did the right thing, and my tears are tears of joy for them having the good fortune to land in your care. I bet these were the best three years of their lives. RIP Ebony & Ivory.
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Re: Ebony & Ivory - Sad news

Postby busted on Fri Jul 11, 2008 11:34 am

My heart always hurts when I hear of a horse or any animal having to be put down. Weather it be from old age, neglect or being beaten it is always hard to hear. Knowing where these two came from and seeing their pictures when they came to the lot and then ones of them after they were brought to your place seeing how happy they were, knowing they will never have to go through that kind of neglect again. Making the decision to let any animal go as an animal lover and rescuer is one of the hardest to do and go through, but knowing that in your care they had the best care possible while they lived with you helps ease the pain, allowing you to let them cross the bridge in peace and with the grace they once had. Know that they will always be looking down on you and thanking you for all you did for them once they came to you. Your a wonderful person for opening your barn and life to these two. May their spirits run free in peace!!!
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Re: Ebony & Ivory - Sad news

Postby veltaw on Fri Jul 11, 2008 11:44 am

I'm very sorry for your loss. Hopefully it's some comfort to know that you did a wonderful thing in giving these two a good life, and euthanizing them together was a kind act indeed.
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Postby RockinCircleC on Fri Jul 11, 2008 11:41 pm

I am so sorry you had to let 2 go at once, but I am sure they both thank you for what you gave them in their final months. Thank you for stepping up and doing the right thing. I hope sometime soon you are ready to welcome a new horse (or more than one) into your life. There certainly are plenty of horses of ALL kinds out there looking for caring owners such as yourself.

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Postby MissTandMe on Sat Jul 12, 2008 7:46 am

I'm crying. :cry: I remember them when they were on the lot. I commend you for sticking with these horses until their end, and I also commend you for making the decision to let them go together so they were never apart again. Hugs to you and your family. Thank you for loving them.
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Re: Ebony & Ivory - Sad news

Postby majxmom on Sat Jul 12, 2008 8:35 am

Thanks to everyone for your kind thoughts. I think that they were two of the most memorable horses that have gone through the CBER system, so I'm not surprised how many people remember them.

Not to worry, Liz, I still have 22 horses left, and I've already agreed to take in a new one, a yearling wobbler that was produced by a mare I just bought back after 10 years. So I have lots of cuddlers with which to hug and console myself!
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Postby Eileen M on Tue Jul 15, 2008 11:23 am

Maxj, I'm sad to hear this, but glad you thought of them both,and their comfort. I'm sure it wasn't easy for you. (alittle teary here, so I hope I'm making sense)

I think you did right by them.

Hugs to you !
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Re: Ebony & Ivory - Sad news

Postby ptownevt on Wed Jul 16, 2008 4:10 am

It was best for them to go together. They went everywhere together. I can imagine them galloping across the bridge, manes and tails flying, bodies healed and strong, eyesight sharp to take in the beauty before them.

You did a wonderful thing by taking these two friends in. Thank God they didn't get on a truck in their condition. Instead they had these last few years together in a nice place blessed with loving care. Thank you for that and thank you for letting us know that they are now free together. I remember them from the lot, too. There must be some kharma waiting for the person who dumped them.

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Postby horsesr_kewl on Tue Aug 05, 2008 9:09 pm

I remember those two. They captured my heart. I am so happy to hear that they lived out their lives together and well taken care of and loved, and that they are together still. Thank you for sharing their story and being there for them.
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Re: Ebony & Ivory - Sad news

Postby cat_67 on Wed Aug 06, 2008 8:29 am

They had a great life with you and I suspect some of the best care they EVER had.

My blind CBER mare, Sunline, is also going to be put to sleep in a few weeks, along with her buddy Kit who sustained a bad tendon injury last year in the pasture and is worsening and spending more and more time lying down. Kit was rescued from the Yelm auction a few years ago, so both of these mares were headed nowhere good and instead have had a really nice couple of years of retirement (I never did ride Sunline after I left L.A. - she's done nothing but eat, LOL)

They're all very lucky they didn't go where they were originally headed.

How is Adam doing? I would love new pictures!
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Re: Ebony & Ivory - Sad news

Postby majxmom on Wed Aug 06, 2008 1:58 pm

Shame on me about the Adam pictures. I promised some new ones months ago. Always busy cleaning poop, no time for photography! I'll try to get some going.

Adam is doing super. His eye is still a bit cloudy but he seems to see out of it just fine, even at night. He is moving up ever so slightly from the bottom of the totem pole. He moves Sizzle and Mercedes off of their hay piles now. His weight is very good, except I guess he will always have ribs showing because he has that big sprung rib cage. But the rest of him is nicely rounded, so I know he weighs about as much as he could.

He has a new habit which is driving me crazy. I have a 100 gallon Rubbermaid stock tank in his area, and he puts his front feet in it and cools off. Right after I change the water to fresh water! So nobody else ever gets to drink it fresh without little bits of dried manure floating in the water. It's over three feet high, but that's just a baby step to him. I have to dump out the tank every day and now the area around the tank is becoming a swamp. *sigh*
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Re: Ebony & Ivory - Sad news

Postby ptownevt on Fri Aug 08, 2008 4:14 am

He must have gotten to like it at the tract. That's too funny.
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