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Wendy Schaeffer on Smokin' Sun - March 11 2016

Devastatingly, I have had to euthanise my exciting 2* Eventer Smokin' Sun today (Friday March 11th 2016) who deteriorated quickly with a recent onset of acute kidney failure. Such a gentle giant standing at 17.2hh, he was an exciting prospect - impressive in the dressage ring and an amazing galloper & jumper XC. Many thanks to Emiliano Espinar from McGonall & Gillet Vets for all his support and Andy Durham at Liphook Equine Hospital for the intensive treatment to give him a fighting chance. RIP Bertie #YouWentBeforeYourTime #GreenerPasturesNow. Smokin' Sun was 10th in the CCI** at Tattersalls in May 2015 against opposition who were World Champions, Olympic Gold Medallists and Badminton winners !

He was my greatest hope for the future towards WEG 2018 (more realistically than Rio) and was in work preparing for CIC3* leading up to Bramham CCI3*…But, although he was still working well in dressage & jumping, by mid February his continuing, and recent weight loss, concerned me enough to request a gastroscope & blood picture.

Gastric ulcers were only a minor concern !. Blood picture showed major kidney protein dysfunction. His kidney function then deteriorated dramatically over a week - requiring hospitalisation, fluid therapy (like renal dialysis) but all to no avail…. Such a young horse with the greatest potential all round….. for Kidneys to fail, as an 8 year old, and with little warning beyond his inexplicable weight loss…. Utterly devastating ! Smokin Sun was admitted to Liphook Equine Hospital specializing in internal medicine on Saturday the 5th March fighting for his life and euthanized on Friday the 11th. To keep my obvious grief in perspective, this was the same weekend that Young Rider, Olivia Inglis lost her life competing in the 2* at Scone Horse Trials in Australia.
My thoughts are also for the Inglis Family in such a grievous time.
It has been a hard few weeks all around. Sun Lover (Socks) chose the same weekend to charge down off the truck ramp and ‘tweak a fetlock’ so has also been on 2 weeks box rest……. Fortunately no serious damage and he is now back on track to compete at Belton in the CIC2* 15th April - if the entry is accepted in an already overfull class.
March has been a horrendous month …. Let us hope there is more joy all round in April, May & June 2016.

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