Vaquero and R&R

We made it to Kentucky and Vaquero arrived safely at Rood & Riddle. They had plenty of people on hand to help steady him as needed. He is now in an upscale stall complete with air conditioning! He also has all the medical attention that a horse could need.

In fact with this weekend being Derby weekend they are staffed extra due to the race. The official track vet is from R&R! Vaquero is in great hands.

I am happy that he can rest and that these experienced people can help keep him comfortable. It was concerning treating him at home as some of the drugs that he needs to help him right now also have side effects like founder, etc. and we don’t need to add any more problems. With the IV that they hung they have more options to keep him both comfortable and safe.


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  2. Travis on May 7, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    Our prayers!
    Travis & Danielle

  3. Amanda on May 6, 2012 at 9:56 am

    It is incredible to think that just a few weeks ago he was showing us how “Goooooood” he is at Equine Affaire… prayers and love from Michigan

    • Stacy on May 7, 2012 at 3:10 pm

      crying again for that memory

      • Lisa Benton on May 7, 2012 at 8:48 pm

        Stacy… I am so sorry for your lost of Vaquero. May he rest in peace… ~ god bless ~

  4. Allison on May 6, 2012 at 4:54 am

    Stacy, my prayers are with Vasquero, the vets and your family. Prayers are powerful and GOD is in charge and can heal all. I’m so sorry your pony is experiencing this and it’s scary. GOD BLESS YOU.

  5. Laura Redgrave on May 5, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    I am so sorry…I went thru this with my 10 year old Mustang that I rescued. He was mine for 2 short years before I noticed muscle atrophy, then he could not walk, or place his feet. He had tested negative for everything. After speaking with Lydia Hibby (a renowned animal communicator) I found out he had been “cowboyed hard” in his early years and had a tumor on his spine. I am so thankful to Lydia for helping me transition my boy along with his guardian angel Beechnut (Billy Crystal’s horse) who passed 2 days before and assisted Austin in crossing the rainbow bridge. Please contact her, she will tell you things all vets can never do. She will help you understand what he is feeling and what he wishes. I pray that you both have peace.

  6. Gwen Confalone on May 5, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    Best of luck to you Stacy and Vaquero…Rood and Riddle ROCKS!

  7. Emma on May 5, 2012 at 10:34 am

    Glad you guys got there safe! Will be praying…

  8. Kathy Kopylec on May 5, 2012 at 9:35 am

    Stacy, continued prayers for you and your family, vaquero and all the wisdom for the doctors and Thanking God for vaquero`s healing ahead of time and remember some where in this cloud there`s a rainbow……….

  9. Beth Kane on May 5, 2012 at 8:46 am

    My prayers are with you Stacy,
    we both know God hears all our prayers for Vaquero, I hope you get some rest ,you are a great example to all of us,the love and bond you share is infectious in such a positive example, for now many prayers are being shared.Thank You for keeping us posted

  10. Kate Donahue on May 5, 2012 at 7:50 am

    You are all in our thoughts and prayers, Stacy…hope today is a better one for everyone.

  11. Ralf Schulz on May 5, 2012 at 3:59 am

    maybe vestibular syndrome?Pray for your Vaquero,regards simone

  12. Anita Tigert on May 5, 2012 at 1:00 am

    Stacy, 8 years ago my AQHA gelding at 5 years of age developed over the 4 of July a very similar illness. Your video actually brought it all back very clearly. He could barely walk – much like Vaquero. None of his tests came back conclusive of a specific type of disease. He was tested for EPM (spinal) and West Nile and many other neuro problems with nothing conclusive. A month of Marquis (the main EPM treatment at the time) and 3 more months of slow rehab that I created put him on a slow mend. Being in Alaska left me very helpless but my vet here did video him and send the tape to a Kentucky equine neurologist. We did tests etc. that he recommended. Still no exact diagnosis. He recovered almost 100%. He seems to have a little less strength on his left hind end as a residual complication. But he did make a very nice recovery – such that 4 months later on my first day to ride him – he bucked me off when spooked and I broke my collar bone. 3 more months of rehab, this time for me! I write to you to give you hope that slowly and with trust and prayers, Vaquero will recover. And he will recover well. Blessings to you.
    Anita Tigert
    Anchorage, Alaska

    • Stacy on May 5, 2012 at 5:54 pm

      Thank you for sharing. It does give me hope and the rehab on you…is kinda funny!

      • Anita Tigert on May 5, 2012 at 7:29 pm

        I just watched the lunging video then the video a few days later which was posted on your most recent blog. My horse also would not take his right lead easily a few days before he was noticeably sick. I was so frustrated with him because the day before he seemed OK. I even had my trainer try and she was unsuccessful.

        I again wish Vaquero the best recovery possible. My experience with my horse makes me very hopeful.

  13. Chris Holm on May 4, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    Your in our thoughts and prayers please keep us updated

  14. Paige macfarland on May 4, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    Fabulous and good to know he’s there. You can hopefully relax a little now. Paige

  15. Teri Bilbrey on May 4, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    Get well soon, Vaquero…and Stacy, breathe :o)

  16. Sherri Glidden on May 4, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    I was so relieved when I heard from you earlier. So happy to see Vaquero there where you can have help taking care of him you are a good mommy 🙂 Thanks for keeping us all posted and I will continue to pray for wisdom ,knowledge, and God’s guidance. Get some rest now. I love you. Mom

    • patricia woodruff on May 4, 2012 at 9:23 pm

      Wow, what a nice mom… sweet!!!!

    • Stacy on May 5, 2012 at 5:56 pm

      You see everyone…even my MOM uses the blog to talk to me….lol

  17. Shawnee Berg on May 4, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    What is wrong Vaquero?

  18. Skip Yochum on May 4, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    the both of your are in my thoughts and prayers.

  19. patricia woodruff on May 4, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    Great Work to all of the vets and assistants at R & R!!! We all KNOW you are doing the best you can do, as you would with ANY horse, but you “might” be doing a little extra because of how everyone LOVES Stacy and her family. What a wonderful & caring family and how they will do all that is needed to maintain their horses’ health. True “Horse-People” and what a wonderful example!!!

  20. Linda Wilkinson on May 4, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    So glad to hear all went well on the trip!! Now that he’s being monitored, TRY to get some much needed rest!!! With so much love and so many prayers – need I say more? You all are very loved!!

  21. Jennifer J. Martin (Gran Jen) on May 4, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    Wonderful that he’s in good hands. I know that helps you. Thanks so much for the update. Everyone is worried! Prayers continuing!

  22. Brent on May 4, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    We will roll out the big screen I front of his stall for the big race!!!!! Hope you all have a safe trip home. Let us know if we can do anything feel fee to contact us with any questions !!!

  23. Pat & John Grochowina on May 4, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    I feel very confident that he is going to get better!!! He is in the best hands and they will figure it out. I will keep praying for Comet’s Big Brother.

  24. hiedi on May 4, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    Yay! One step closer to maybe finding out what is wrongg with him. Still praying for him! Keep us posted please 🙂

  25. HELEN fRAME on May 4, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    so glad to get the update and feel your comfort in knowing heis in the best care possible…

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