On Saturday morning September 26th, our sweet vaulting Fjord Tanita suddenly started pawing and wanting to lay down. Her breathing was elevated and she was clearly in distress. Dr. James T Williams, our veterinarian, came right away. Her symptoms were not what presents with a 'normal' colic. He could not get a heart rate because her heart was beating fast and shallow. Her gums were white and she was dehydrated. With some banamine and water and mineral oil in her, we drove her straight to UC Davis Large Animal Hospital. As they led her into the hospital, we did not know if that would be the last time we saw her. The UC Davis vets determined that her white blood cell count was 10X normal and Tanita was diagnosed with peritonitis, an inflamation of the membrane covering her organs in the abdominal cavity. We were relieved when she responded to the broad spectrum antibiotics and fluids given IV over the next several days. She spent a full week at the hospital, winning the hearts of the vets and students and running up quite a bill! She comes home Friday October 2nd but will be on a special diet requiring her to be in a stall. She will be re-tested in 4 to 6 weeks to make sure her blood count and vital statistics are still normal. The veterinarians have not determined the cause of the peritonitis which commonly occurs without ever figuring out what started it. The vet bill, hauling, prescription meds, extra board to be in a pen for a month all adds up. Due to Covid restrictions, Morning Star Vaulters has not had the income that gives the club padding for an emergeny like this. Please help to cover Tanita's expenses if you can. We are so relieved that Tanita will be able to carry on doing what she does best: make children fall in love with horses and give children the confidence that anything is possible if they try!
Tanita and the Morning Star Vaulters will be ever so grateful.