About Cinny

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Do you research your horse’s nutrition?
No!, do you think you should?

Hi, my name is Michelle.

Cinny is bowing for a treat

My family and I would like to share our story about our horse Cinny, and how we got started in researching for the proper nutrition and supplements for horse’s individual needs.


Short Intro On Cinny

Cinny was a quarter/Arabian mix who was very proud of herself and had a beautiful high-spirited attitude, she became part of our family the summer of “2000”.
She loved trail riding with other horses, she had to be in the front. Our daughter did speed shows with Cinny. Rode her in parades. We had her bred and she had a beautiful colt (male). 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 will be forever missed.

The Story is……..

Before I got married and moved out of my parents home. I had horses growing up. Through the first part of our marriage, we had to rent and didn’t own our own property. After some years have gone by, we are finally going to buy a place so we can buy some horses. Yay!!! a very exciting time for our family.

It’s been a couple of years later and we have looked at some horses, but not what we were looking for. The weekend is here again, so my husband walked down to the mailbox to get the weekend paper. As he walked back up the driveway toward the house he quickly skimmed the for sale section. He found a horse listed for sale with a phone number to call. So before coming into the house he quickly called and set up a time to go look at the horse and he didn’t tell us.
He found a horse listed for sale with a phone number to call. So before coming in the house he quickly called and set up a time to go look at the horse and he didn’t tell us that he was going to look at a horse by himself in hopes to surprise us afterward. We hadn’t had breakfast yet
He stepped inside and said, “I am going to town and get McDonald’s for breakfast”. I answered back “ok”.
We only live 5 miles outside of town, so within a half hour, he would be back.

Half Hour Plus Gone By…….

Ok, it’s been a half hour and he isn’t back yet. I tried to call him a couple of times and got no answer. I don’t know about you, but when I am expecting someone and they haven’t shown up and I can’t get a hold of them on their phone I start worrying that they were in an accident.
Well, I started to worry. Now 45 minutes gone by. I called again. No answer.  Then he called me back. He said “sorry I’m on my way and I will be there in a few minutes” and then he hung up before I could ask him any questions.
As soon as he walked in I started asking. “What the heck took so long”? “Where did you go”?

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 is it 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”. The kids and I gave him a big hug and we were so excited. He said, “OK, then let’s eat, so we can go back and see your horse and bring her home”. We sat down and quickly ate our breakfast. The kids were jumping up and down and laughing. I was excited too.
Yes, I would have liked to go and see 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.
When I saw her, I about cried. She was beautiful. Her name was Cinnamon(Cinny for short). I couldn’t wait to get her home. The lady ran a rescue for horses and my husband had rescued her. The lady thought Cinny was around 6 years old, but she wasn’t positive. Loaded her up in the trailer and took her home.
I called our vet as soon as I could to have her examined by the vet. Got great reports on Cinny. He also examined her teeth and said “from what he could see she was around 6 years old”, like the lady we bought her from said. He also said her age was just a guess as well.

Happy Years Gone By:

Years gone by, Cinny had always been an easy keeper. Never had any issues. In 2010 she started to lose some weight. We tried so many different supplements on our own, for a year and finally got her weight up.
Then another year later she started losing weight again. This time we called the horse dentist because she was having signs of issues with her teeth. That will cause weight loss too.

Sign of teeth problems.

Cinny (right)
Cocoa (left) her buddy

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).

Horse Dentist………..

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, “how old do you think she is”?. We said, “late teens”. With the age that we were given when we bought her. 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 big age difference. I was kind of upset, but at the same time, I knew that her age was unsure, just not that much. It is what it is. Move forward. That helped her from being in pain and got some weight going back up, but not completely.

2 weeks after the dentist visit Cinny Chokes on her food……..

After her teeth were filed down by the dentist, her weight was improving, but not completely.

About two weeks later on a beautiful summer morning, I went out to check on her and she was choking on her food. NOT GOOD! and she had quite a bit of hay left from the night before. Cinny was sweating and stretching her neck and trying to cough and white thick snot coming through her nose and out her mouth. So sorry for the details. I went into panic mode. I called the vet.

After she calmed me down she told me that horses can still breath unlike us humans 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.

She 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.

The vet gave me instructions on what to do to help Cinny then she would come out check on her in the morning to see what was going on that caused her to choke. I had to rub the back of her jaw down her neck to help push the food through. That took about a half hour or so. I finally got it through. What a relief!

What The Vet Found The Next Morning……..

….was some of her top teeth were missing, and the teeth that she did have were expired. (wore down to the gums). 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)

which 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 again. 2 years passed and she has kept her weight and she was great.

Tough Winter For Cinny………..

Winter was tough for Cinny in (2014). Hard time with her weight again, even with her softened food. This time I had that feeling in my gut that something else was wrong and I needed to contact the vet again.

What Does The Vets Examination Reveal?………..

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.

The vet said, “that we had to make a decision whether or not to have her put down before the weather started getting cold because she didn’t know if she would be strong enough to handle another cold winter”.
That was so heartbreaking to hear. How was I going to be able to have her put to sleep? I struggled with it for a while and prayed.

Final Good Bye To Cinny………

As heartbreaking as it was. We had no choice, but to let her go. Summer was over 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.

So I called Michigan State University Equine Student Veterinary Clinic where our vet referred us to, to have her body donated for vet students to learn. She had to be put on a list for about a month and I was getting worried about her. Then I got the call telling me that they were ready for her. My heart hit bottom and I cried.

Sadly on 10/30/15

Crying the whole time. I had to load her in the trailer and hauled her to Michigan State University Student Vet Clinic. One of the hardest things I have ever done. Cinny was apart of our family.

My daughter and my sister went with me, they were crying too and I know God was walking with us as well because I would have never been able to do that on my own. When we got there I unloaded her and I had to walk her in the building to the stall they had ready for her. There were 3 vets standing with us.

She didn’t want to go inside the stall at first 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 and she walked in with me. got her in and gave her hay to nibble on and some grain to make her feel at ease.

The vets waited and let us take our time. I stayed with her for about half an hour. Still crying I took her halter off and replaced it with one of theirs, then I slowly took her blanket off. My daughter and sister were both there crying too.

I gave her hay to nibble on and her favorite grain to make her feel at ease. The vets waited and let us take our time to say our last goodbyes. I stayed with her for about half an hour.

Still crying I took her halter off and replaced it with one of theirs, then I slowly took her blanket off. My daughter and sister were both there crying too. I handed the blanket to my daughter.

Still crying I took her halter off and replaced it with one of theirs, then I slowly took her blanket off. My daughter and sister were both there crying too. I handed the blanket to my daughter.

I walked out of the stall and I waited for a little bit to make sure she was gonna stay calm. We turned and walked out and I cried all the way home.

The next morning on 10/31/15 Cinny was put to sleep by the main vet and the students were able to learn from her.

Cinnamon was 30 years old. So loved and so missed.

The main veterinarian from Michigan State called that afternoon and said, “Cinny had a couple of spot areas on her small intestine, so her body would not have broken down the nutrition in her body properly and we would have lost her in the cold winter. We did the right thing by her.

A week later I got a package in the mail from Michigan State University.

The students had cut a piece of Cinny’s tail and a piece of her main and braided it with pink ribbon with a card that they had all signed, thanking me for letting them learn from her and how they knew how special she was to us and that Cinny was a very lucky 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 week I received another unexpected surprise.

Then 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!

I opened the package and it was a beautiful silver pendant cross and a card. The card said…….
To my friend, the one that loved and took care of me.

I know you haven’t really bonded with K-Dee, but I want you to know that I am happy and I want you to make that bond with her and take this pendant and put it on the bridle that

[caption id="attachment_1546" align="alignright" width="300"]Cinny Left: K-Dee
Right: Cinny

belongs to K-Dee and ride with the wind. (we have other horses and K-Dee is another mare of mine).

I know you will never lose our memories and the bond that we shared. With Love Your Friend!
I sat and cried some more. That package was sent from my mom and my sister.

We have always researched horse nutrition but Cinny’s situation has put a whole new experience in perspective.
Did we inspire you to do your research for your horse’s proper nutrition needs?


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Cinny is forever missed, but the memories will forever be where ever we go.

about cinny

The Day I Had To Let Cinny Go 10/30/2015

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