The Life of Bill so far….. xxx

The Life of Bill so far….. xxx

by Sophie Cartwright

(Buckinghamshire)

Kisses xxx

Kisses xxx

Kisses xxx

Me and my billyboy

x-country

good memories xxx

This is a long story, but please read…

We first bought Bill when he was only 6 years old and I was 9. He is a 14hh Irish Cob. He had a lovely personality and was turned out in the field all year round. I tried him out on a hack and he was as good as gold. In the end we bought him and took him back to our yard that only had winter turnout; what a big mistake that was!

As he was a youngster and had all that energy from being in a stable, he was always spooky when mum rode him (I was a little too small to ride him at first). Nearly every week, Mum fell off. He didn’t do anything naughty; he just turned around and ran away! He used to get so scared in the indoor school that he would gallop around without stopping. In the end, Mum had to jump off while he was still galloping! We decided to move yards six months later as we knew that he wasn’t settling in. The yard we moved at had all year turnout so it suited him perfectly.

I began to ride him and gained my confidence; yes he did the odd spook, but that only made me more confident.

He has always loved his jumping, has done the odd competition, most local sponsored rides and loved them all!

Bill has always been such a little angle in the 8 years of having him. He has never been lame however, the last year or so has been a rollercoaster…

At the beginning of the year we realized that he was starting to lose weight, but we just thought that because I was riding him more and getting him fit for pony camp. This was unfortunately not the case. Bill managed to get through camp (bless his heart) we realized that he was starting to get really tired and sluggish (Bill always had energy to jump and do flatwork but he didn’t even want to jump!). We called the vet out, she took some bloods and the results came back with Liver Failure. We took him in for a liver biopsy but the results came back negative due to the enormous amount of blood around it (this was because the liver wasn’t working properly and the blood wasn’t clotting). He was getting really thin, and even for a cob; that isn’t really common!

He has been put on a medication of steroids and antibiotics to try and bring him liver back to normal; we don’t really know what caused this. We have worked out that the liver has been faulty since around May. Bill is alright for the moment, still very skinny though. You can see all his ribs, his withers (which are not meant to be seen on a cob!) and his hips are sticking out. We are keeping our fingers crossed and staying positive that Bill will pull through this horrible time in his life.

I really hope that my little man will be alright, and I hope this has inspired you to love your horse(s) every single moment of having them.

Love you Bill,

Sophie xxxx

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Dec 04, 2012
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Bill

by: Jessica


Hi Sophie,

Thanks for your wonderful submission. I am so pleased to hear that Bill is getting better! And all the photos are fantastic!

Keep us all posted on his progress,
Jessica


Oct 15, 2012
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by: Sophie Cartwright


Bill is defiantly feeling better. He canters up to us when we bring him in to the field and he is eating all his hay and feed (he didn’t eat any of his hay for about 2-3 days). He will have another blood test taken soon to give us more information.

xxxx


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