Some of you asked what happened to Velvereta.
Well, yesterday, we found her standing by herself in the field. She was tucked up, rolling and not right at all.
Immediately we called the vet out, fetched the horse trailer, and got her to the stable 1/2 mile down the road.
The vet examined her in the stable, where she collapsed. He said she definitely had pneumonia but something else was going on too. He gave her an antiflammatory injection to help her breathing, and a little while later, she died.
His diagnosis was septicaemia or an abscess had burst inside. The pneumonia was a secondary infection. She went downhill very fast and there was absolutely nothing we could do.
We do not know what caused this and without a PM (post mortem), we will never know but we decided against further investigation as the rest of the herd seem fine.
A faecal sample for a worm count was taken- none were found.
She was in foal.
So now you know. Just one of those beastly things. You have livestock and then you have deadstock.
Velvereta’s time on this earth was precious. She was an amazing mare. The mother of some superb foals. We were privileged to know her.
14 years old. That is no age at all.