The About Cinny page is her story because she is the reason I built the website.
As long as the horse keeps his weight up, most of us don’t think whether they still lack something in their horse’s diet.
That’s not always the case. At least not for Cinny anyway.
Did you ever wonder if your horse was still eating the right nutrition?
Well, I have to say that I am guilty of not paying that much attention to my horse’s nutrition as long as she was holding her weight.
Live and learn, I guess. Cinny taught us!
Insight On The Beginning Before Cinny.
Hi, my name is Michelle.
I always had horses when I was young and lived at home. In my early teens, my dad bought me a yearling baby horse. I had to wait over two years to be able to ride him, so in the meantime, I played with him. When the time finally rolled around, I broke him to ride myself. After he was entirely broke to ride, I taught him to rear up on his hind legs when I pulled and tugged slightly on the reins.
A couple of years later, I moved out of my parent’s home, had a baby, and got married. I still took care of my horse and rode him. This one particular day, I was at my parents. I hadn’t gone outside to get my horse out yet. I look out the window and see my dad and his friend saddled on my horse, and my dad was getting ready to climb on. They both had too much to drink. My dad doesn’t ride horses, so as he climbs on my horse, he pulls tied on the reins.
That wasn’t good! I quickly ran out of the door to stop my dad, but I was too late. My horse reared up all the way and fell backward on top of my dad and broke his ribs.
After my dad healed from the broken bones, he had made a phone call to a guy that wanted to buy my horse and sold him without telling me.
The day the guy was coming to pick up my horse, I was headed over to my parents too. As I went to the driveway, a truck with a horse trailer pulled out with my horse.
I flew in the driveway, and there stood my dad with a smile. Oh, I was furious.
I get out of my car, asking,” who was that, and where was my horse going? and my dad said: ” he is too dangerous for you to ride.”
Really!!!!! I broke him. I cried. My dad getting hurt was not my horse’s fault. My dad was in the wrong for attempting to ride my horse, for selling him without telling me.
I never forgave my dad for selling my horse even though I didn’t let that get in the way of still having a relationship with my parents. When my husband found out and knew how bad I was hurting inside, he told me, “he was going to buy me another horse.” I just blew it off.
Short Intro About CINNY
Cinny’s breed was half Quarter/half Arabian mix. She was very proud of herself and had a beautiful high-spirited attitude and smart. She became part of our family in the summer of “2000”.
Cinny would bow for candy. Peppermint candies were her favorite, all she had to do is here the wrapper, and she would start bending before you got to her.
She loved trail riding with other horses; she had to be in front of the other horses and lead the way.
Our daughter did speed shows with Cinny in high school equestrian and open shows. After she made her run and stopped at the gate to walk out, my sister would yell at her and say, “good job Cinny.”
CINNY always whinnied back, and the crowd would clap and cheer her on, and it was so awesome. Rode her in parades
We had her bred, and she had a beautiful colt (male). We named him Taiga. He was with her for 13 years before she got sick.
In October of 2015, we sadly had to let her go. CINNY was so special to me, and as you continue to read, you will understand why.
Remember earlier I had mentioned that my husband had promised me that he would buy me another horse?, I did not think that it would ever happen. Well, three beautiful kids and ten years later.
We were finally able to purchase our own house and land. Yay!!! That was an exciting time for our family.
A couple of years later, my husband asked me, “if I still wanted a horse”? I was stunned but quickly said, “Yes, of course, I do.” He said, “ok, so do I” The kids were excited.
It was spring, and we started putting in a fence and getting ready to find our first horse. In the meantime, we told our family and friends to keep their eyes and ears open and let us know if they hear of a horse that was for sale, and we searched through newspapers. There were some horses for sale, but they weren’t a match for us.
Then on one Saturday morning, my husband was sitting outside drinking his coffee and had snuck down to the mailbox before I came out. And got the paper and looked through the for sale ads. A lady that ran a horse rescue had an advertisement in the newspaper for a horse.
He called the horse rescue lady and set up a time with her to look at the horse. It was getting to be late morning and was discussing breakfast.
Instead of making it, he would just run uptown and buy breakfast and bring it back. That was cool with me! We are only about 10 minutes from town. The rescue lady lived about the same miles from town on the other side.
He Should Have Been Back Already Where Is He?
Ok, he has had plenty of time to pick up breakfast and been back. So I try calling his phone, and he didn’t answer. I waited a little longer and called again. Still not answering his phone. At this point, I’m starting to get a little aggravated.
Then he pulls in the driveway, comes in with breakfast.
I started asking. “What the heck took so long”? “Where did you go”? “What were you doing?
Calmly he said, “calm down and let me explain.” I responded, “it better be good.”
He said, “I have a surprise for you all.” So we are like what it is and laughing excitedly. He said, “I went and looked at a horse, and I think she is perfect, so I bought her.”
I said, “WHAT! No, you didn’t”. He said, “yes, I did, so are you still mad at me”?
Then I said, “NO!” “I’m not mad; I’m just hungry.” lol.
The kids and I gave him a big hug, and we were so excited. We all sat down to eat breakfast, and of course, the kids and I had plenty of questions for him about the horse. He explained everything.
After breakfast, we hooked up the horse trailer to the truck and was on our way to see our new horse and to bring her home.
Yes, I would have liked to have gone and seen her first, but I also love my husband for surprising us, and I trusted his opinion, and if he thought she was right for the family, then she’s the one.
On Our Way To See Our New Horse.
On our way to see our new horse and the anticipation is overwhelming, the closer we get to where the horse is. My heart was beating so fast, and I was nervous. We arrived and walked around the barn; The lady had her standing there waiting for us.
As I came around the corner and seen the horse standing there, she looked at us, and her ears perked up, she was so beautiful. I had tears in my eyes and almost crying. My husband was right; she was perfect.
Before we brought her home, we brushed her, cleaned her hooves, walked her around, then I put her tack on her and rode her to see how she was going to ride and to check her attitude out some more. Talked to the lady to learn about Cinny, she wasn’t sure about her age but thought she might be around six years old.
All went well, so we loaded her in the trailer, and we took her home.
I called our vet as soon as I could to have her examined by the vet and got great reports on Cinny.
He also examined her teeth and said, “from what he could see, she was around six years old,” like the lady we bought her from said. He also told her age was just a guess as well.
12 Years Gone By:
12 Years have gone by, with lots of trail riding and parades. Hauling Cinny at the fair and taking our camper and camping for the whole weekend and watching our daughter do speed events at shows.
She also joined high school equestrian for four years. The grandkids rode her. Oh my goodness, I could go on and on, but I won’t. Cinny was a good horse. We bought other horses through the years too.
It was always easy to keep weight on Cinny with just grass hay, single pellet grain, and pasture. We never had any issues, so we didn’t have any reason to dig into learning more about proper nutrition.
The other two horses were easy to feed too.
There were little signs I ignored, like dry skin, cracked hooves, etc. I would put vaseline on horses hooves and condition their skin with moisturizing shampoos and conditioners. Thinking it was just the weather, and some of it was, but some of it was an imbalance in their diet.
Then In 2012, Cinny started to lose some weight and noticed she was leaving clumps of wet hay on the ground. I called the vet, and she said, “her teeth need filing down.” I had to find a dentist for my horse.
Sign of teeth problems To Look For In Horses.
- sudden loss of weight
- dropping grain out of the mouth
- leaving clumps of wet hay or grass on the ground
- avoiding the bit
- throwing their head when riding with a bit
Quidding>means (when chewing hay and grass they can’t break it up to swallow, and it balls up in the horse’s mouth, and it falls out on the ground).
It’s caused by the horse’s teeth not filing down on their own and the back teeth row, and they get sharp on the ends. When the horse eats the teeth cuts into their gums, so the horse tries to chew differently to avoid any pain in their mouth, and in doing so, they drop their food. Therefore the horse loses weight from not getting enough to eat.
I called the dentist to come out and check her teeth. He said, “her teeth in the back of her mouth was too long and cutting into her jaws,” so he filed her teeth down to make it more comfortable for her.
When he got done, he asked, “do you know the age of your horse”?. We said, “late teens.”, but the age was unsure at that time.
Then he said, “well, I’m sorry to have to tell you this, but your horse is in her mid to late 20’s”.
Woah!! Yeah, that was a shocker!
That is a significant age difference. I was upset, but at the same time, I knew that Cinny’s age was unsure, just not that much.
It is what it is. Move forward. Well, that helped Cinny from being in pain and got some weight going back up, but not completely. I bought her different grains that didn’t work. So now, this is where I started researching proper nutrition for my horses.
Took A Year To Get CINNY’s Weight Backup, Then She Chokes.
It took a year to get Cinny’s weight back on track finally. Then she began to lose weight again. One day while out feeding, I noticed that Cinny was standing w
ith her head down and not eating.
Now, what is wrong!. Oh no! she was choking. I started panicking.
She was sweating and stretching her neck and trying to cough and thick white snot was coming through her nose and out her mouth. So sorry for the details. I called the vet.
After she calmed me down, she told me that horses can still breathe, unlike us humans when choking on food, and she would be ok.
I just needed to help her get the lodged food down her throat the rest of the way and clear the blockage.
The vet gave me instructions on what to do to help her, and then she would come out the next morning to see what was going on that would make her choke.
I had to rub from her jaw down her neck to help push the food through. I finally got it through.
What a relief!
What The Vet Found The Next Morning
The vet examined her mouth, and Cinny had lost some of her top teeth. The ones she did have were expired. (wore down to the gums).
That dentist didn’t mention anything about her other teeth starting to wear down.
The vet had to put her on a special diet. Which required us to soak all the food that she ate, morning and night.
(3 different grain dishes)I had to put water in bowls and soak.
Cinny’s diet consisted of> beet pulp, hay cubes, and senior feed.
She could no longer eat dry hay or grass (she tried to nibble, but didn’t get much).
Cinny did very well on her *special diet*.
Her weight started increasing again, and she was her happy self. One year passed, and she has kept her weight, and she was great.
The second-year, she had a tough time with winter. I had two blankets on her, and when spring finally came, I took them off her; she was so skinny. I had the vet come out and examine her.
What Does The Vet Examination Reveal This Time?
Yep, unfortunately, my gut feeling was right. Cinny was sick, and it was not curable. Cinny’s body was no longer breaking down the nutrients properly from her food and was not digesting properly. She was not getting much nutrition to support her health, and she would continue to weaken and suffer.
Then came the horrible words from the vet, “CINNY will have to put down (euthanized) before the end of summer because she would not be strong enough to handle another cold winter.” The vet told me to call the Michigan State University and ask if they were able to take her for research and I could donate her, and it wouldn’t cost.
That was so heartbreaking to hear. All I could say is………”How was I going to be able to have her put to sleep”? I prayed for strength to get my family and me through this. I struggled with it for a few weeks before picking up that phone and calling Michigan State University. As heartbreaking as it was. We had no choice but to let her go.
The fall weather was not far behind, and we were not going to let her suffer through another cold, bitter winter and be miserable and then wind up losing her in the mid-winter. That would be selfish and wrong for us to do.
Making The Call To Michigan State University (MSU)
So I called Michigan State University Equine Student Veterinary Clinic. I was able to talk to the primary vet about donating her for research, and She said that they had a waiting list that Cinny would have to be listed. I told the MSU vet to go ahead and add her to the list.
About three weeks went by, and then I received a call from the primary vet at MSU asking me if I still wanted to donate Cinny, and “I said yes,” so I only had two days left to spend with my girl. My heart sank to the bottom, and I sat and cried.
Sadly on 10/30/2015, We Said Our Final Good-Bye To CINNY
We got up early, fed the horses then took pictures of Cinny. My sister and my youngest daughter were the ones riding with me to MSU. My husband and the
The rest of our family said their goodbyes before loading her in the trailer — sad day for all. I know God was walking with us because we would have never been able to do this on our own.
We loaded Cinny in the trailer and headed for MSU, crying all the way. When we arrived, I unloaded her and walked her in the building to the stall they had ready for her. Three vets were standing there waiting for us.
At first, she wouldn’t go in the stall because I was crying, and she knew something was wrong. I walked her down the hall and talked to her and had to calm myself down.
When I walked her back to the stall, she hesitated, but then stepped in with me. The vet gave her some hay and grain to nibble on to make her more at ease.
I stayed with her for about an hour, my sister stepped in and said her goodbyes and stepped back in the hallway.
Then my daughter stepped in and stayed for a little bit. We all cried. I removed her blanket, ave it to my daughter, said her goodbyes, and waited in the hallway. One of the vets brought me one of their halters, and I removed Cinny’s and replaced it with theirs. I felt like I was in slow motion.
Finally, I hugged Cinny around her neck and slowly told her; I loved her, and I had to leave now. I walked out of the stall, and I waited for a little bit to make sure she was going to stay calm. Then we turned and walked away, and I cried all the way home.
The next morning on 10/31/2015, CINNY was put to sleep by the primary vet, and the students were able to learn from her situation.
The primary veterinarian from Michigan State University called that afternoon and said, “Cinny was gone, and the students were able to learn and do their studies. They found a couple of dark spot areas on her small intestine, so her body would not have broken down the nutrition in her body correctly, and we would have lost her in the cold winter just as my regular vet had told me at home. MSU vet assured me that we did the right thing by Cinny.
A week later, I received a package in the mail from Michigan State University.
The MSU vet students cut a piece of Cinny’s tail and her mane. They braided both of them individually with a pink ribbon along with a card.
They were thanking me for letting them learn from her and how they knew how special she was to us and that CINNY was a fortunate horse to have found a family to love her and give her the best life. I sat in the barn and cried some more.
The following Day I Received Another Unexpected Package In The Mail.
The next day I received another package in the mail. Senders name said “from your friend” and had my address on it. Then it had my name on who it was for and had my address.
I know, weird! Right?
I opened the package, and it was a beautiful silver cross pendant and a card. Yes!, again I sat down and cried some more. The box had come from my
mom and my sister.
We Will Forever Miss Cinny, But Our Memories Of Her Is Forever With Us. Please leave a comment or question, if there is anything I can help you find let me know and I will do my best to help you.
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THANK YOU FOR READING CINNY’S PAGE Michelle *RIP CINNY (Mama)*