Saving Tan

From Tara Brooks

"Tan was born on Wednesday evening, April 28.Fly's delivery was convenient, and everything seemed to go well on the first night.

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Tan was born on Wednesday evening, April 28.Fly's delivery was convenient, and everything seemed to go well on the first night.By Friday, Stone was falling, had severe diarrhea and did not want to eat or play like a normal foal.I took him to the vet, put him on three medications, and am milking Fly and feeding him in a bucket for 24 hours as he is drowsy and unable to adequately care.Today (Saturday) he wasn't getting better, so I took him to MU.They ran multiple tests and found that he had some kind of infection in his gastrointestinal tract, and he was very dehydrated.They are taking stool samples to try to figure out what virus/bacteria is causing the condition.He has to keep it up for 3-5 days to constantly rehydrate and medicate in order to try to regulate his stool so that it is rehydrated and returns to good condition.There is no guarantee that he will keep it up, as newborn foals are very fragile and dehydration can be dangerous.They gave me an estimate of $3-6000 for accommodation and care.I'm just a horse trainer and I live with two kids every day, so I don't make a lot of money.But I'm doing everything I can to save this lovely boy.

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