Friday, 29 January 2016
The vet came to visit today, and the report wasn't great. It turns out Ms Bridget has COPD (heaves). An unexpected diagnosis given her age (6) and her living conditions, not to mention the lack of symptoms beyond a little cough during warmup the past couple of weeks. Since the vet was happy with Bridget's environment and feed, we're starting ASAP with some meds to help her out a bit. The good news is we've caught it early. The bad news is, as anyone familiar with COPD knows, the long term prognosis as a competive horse isn't good and there is no cure. Honestly, I didn't feel like the vet was overly positive about long term quality of life. Neither were the million internet searches I obviously couldn't resist doing, even though I knew I shouldn't. I don't have words for all the emotions I'm experiencing right now, mostly mad at the world for being unfair to a really good pony. I remain positive we'll get a handle on this and find a management solution to keep best pony happy for a long while yet.