Vaquero headed to the vets

01 May

I am preparing to load Vaquero into the trailer in 30 mins and head south to Kentucky to see the vet. My vet has run tests and is recommending a complete neurological work up and x-rays, etc to figure out what is going on. Rood & Riddle ( is an amazing facility located in the heart of race horse country and that is where we are headed.

Vaqueros symptoms have improved although he is still far from normal. Especially if he moves to the right. Then he is very resistant and he does not move normally.

Say a prayer that they can figure out what it is…and that it has a cure.


Posted by on May 1, 2012 in Life


53 responses to “Vaquero headed to the vets

  1. jennifer

    May 1, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    keeping vaquero in my thoughts…..

  2. Sandy Carr

    May 1, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    Prayers for Vaquero, you of course….and his caregivers! They are amazing people.

  3. Stacy Jo Helton

    May 1, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    I will says prayers for him and that it can be cured.

  4. Mahayla West

    May 1, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    Rood and Riddle is great! I live close to them. Hope Vaquero gets better soon!! 🙂

  5. Tania

    May 1, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    not good to hear,fingers toes and eyes crossed that there is cure for Vaqueros!x

  6. Helen Frame

    May 1, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    Safe travels to Kentucky and Vaquero is in my prayers

  7. Jan taylor

    May 1, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    Stacy…have you tested him for PSSM?

  8. sharman woll

    May 1, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    I will keep Vaquero an you in my prayers. I pray they figure out what is wrong… there is a cure for him. Safe trip an God Bless you Stacy. Be careful…..all these storms around here.

  9. KBroyles

    May 1, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    Prayers up for you and your beautiful boy!

  10. Jennifer J. Martin (Gran Jen)

    May 1, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    So sorry to hear this! Prayers for Vaquero and for you and family. Please keep us informed!

  11. deb graham

    May 1, 2012 at 5:48 pm


  12. Sheri

    May 1, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    Hope they can find what’s wrong and treat it. Thoughts and prayers coming your way!

  13. Lorrie Bracaloni

    May 1, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    So sorry to hear, diet plays a big part, my book Natural Equine Remedies may have the answer

  14. twodoglady

    May 1, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    Praying as I write…….Lord, give the vets wisdom and give them guidance as they work on Stacey’s horse Vaquero. You have the power to heal. The vets are the very good mechanics but YOU are the Master. Give Stacey special comfort, pour LOVE and courage into and on the family. Give Vaquero a calm and willing spirit. Direct those in charge that they may pinpoint the problem and have answers. Thanking you Lord for the results. You Lord are in control of our lives if we surrender. Thank you for this dear family and the outspoken wittness they give of God in their lives. Amen and again I say, Amen.

  15. linda powell

    May 1, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    Somehow missed that Vaquero was having problems. Wishing you a positive visit that helps him get back to 100%.You have been throught alot and need some good news and happier days ahead. Prayers and crossing fingers are being sent your way. Love and best wishes, Linda

  16. Robin Carpenter

    May 1, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    Thoughts and prayers are with you and Vaquero.

  17. Judith Gray

    May 1, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    My prayers are with you..I live here in Kentucky and have worked with the wonderful vets at Rood and are headed into the arms of angels.God Bless.

  18. J King

    May 1, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    All the best with him Stacey. Hope they can help him.

  19. Ivie

    May 1, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    Have you had a chiropractor look at him?

  20. Pam Doyal-Arabia

    May 1, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    Sending prays…

  21. Nancy

    May 1, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    Lvie, I was thinking the same thing! Whatever it is, I hope and pray that he will be well!

  22. Dawn Beard

    May 1, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    Walking beside you.

  23. Pam Upgren

    May 1, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    Prayers for healing and wholeness!

  24. trazee84

    May 1, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    Praying they find the answers and help him to a speedy and complete recovery!

  25. Sherry

    May 1, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    Hoping all turns out well. I agree with the chiropractor suggestion.

  26. Lisa

    May 1, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    Praying that your Vacquero’s illness is cured with this trip

  27. Lila

    May 1, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    Poor Vaquero! I hope he gets better soon! Good luck! 🙂

  28. John Moser

    May 1, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    Prayers coming your way.

  29. susan talmage

    May 1, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    When you cannot “Ride with Faith” you must walk in faith and believe that the God who made Vaquero will walk with you through this time.
    Susan Talmage and Chloe

  30. Kim Lacey

    May 1, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    Praying for safe travels and God’s hand on Vaquero for healing! Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge HIM and He will make your path straight. Prov 3:6

  31. Jean Fine

    May 1, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    Vera and I are so sorry to hear about your Vacquero! We have hope that he will be well very soon.

  32. Susan Hedgcock

    May 1, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    Prayers for Vaquero! We had the same problem! Would not go to the right! Did not exhibit any signs of lameness. Turned out to be two bones chips in the ankle and a torn ligament.

  33. Judith A. hamilton

    May 1, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    Praying for Vaquero and for you. Have a safe trip..
    Judi Hamilton

  34. Janet

    May 1, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    Man girl that is just plane crappy any way you look at it. I have you in my prays for a safe trip and safe return, and a huge prayer for Vacquero, and I know the Lord will show is mercy and bring you both home.

  35. Sharene

    May 1, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    Rood & Riddle is a fantastic place and you will certainly get the best of everything there! Safe travels and we’re hoping for the best.

  36. Emmie

    May 1, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    I am praying so much for you guys!!!
    Dr. Reed is fantastic down there. He handles alot of the neuro/epm type cases I believe. I have been to several of his seminars and the vet I work for knows him well. He is the best there is!! 🙂
    Prayin hard!!

  37. Joanna

    May 1, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    good luck, did your vet check for Lyme disease? sure hope it works out.

  38. Chris Holm

    May 1, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    wishing you good new your both in my prayers

  39. patricia woodruff

    May 1, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    WOW!! Stacy, what a great hospital, I just checked out the website, you KNOW he will be in good hands with WONDERFUL & DEVOTED VETS!!! PLease let us know the outcome!!! PEACE!! Pat W.

  40. Melinda Russell

    May 1, 2012 at 9:35 pm


  41. Melinda Russell

    May 1, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    I’m sure they have looked at listeriosis; we have had similar sx’s in our goats.

  42. Lauren Paytes

    May 1, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    Many many prayers for you and Vacquero. He couldn’t be going to a better facility. Safe travels!

  43. Mary Sue Faries

    May 1, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    Praying that our awesome God blesses Vacquero and his loving humans!!!! Hugs to you both!!

  44. Terri Granger

    May 1, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    Stacy and Jesse, I am praying healing for Vaquero and peace and comfort for you and your family.
    Mark 11:24 “Therefore I say unto you,What things soever ye desire, when ye pray,believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.” Have faith and speak your desires to our Heavenly Father. You know He hears our prayers. Love in Christ, The Grangers ( Terri, Terri-June, and Analise)

  45. Sherri Glidden

    May 1, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    Prayers will be with you. I was hoping no news was good news. Love you. Drive carefully. Mom

  46. Laura Scott

    May 1, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    Heartfelt prayers for your companion horse and you. Have a safe trip and bring a healthy Vacquero home quickly.

  47. Mary Moore

    May 2, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Please keep us updated… our prayers are with you and Vaquero!

  48. johanna

    May 2, 2012 at 2:31 am

    many fervent prayers for a wonderful little horse

  49. Lindsay

    May 2, 2012 at 6:44 am

    We all have to face problems however difficult they are.
    Having the bravery to face your difficulties is the hardest step; working through the problem is often easier than you think. The first step is always the hardest~~But Jesus is always right there beside you

  50. Judy Shockey

    May 2, 2012 at 9:28 am

    P R A Y I N G!!!!!! Yesterday, Today and all the Tomorrows!

  51. Erin/IAm

    May 2, 2012 at 9:57 am

    Sendin’ the Love to All & much healing to Vacquero. Nuff said.:)

  52. Gail M.

    May 2, 2012 at 11:49 am

    Praying for you and a speedy recovery for Vacquero!

  53. Sue Pollard

    May 8, 2012 at 12:32 am

    Oh dear…I was crying watching that video as well! Just saw the video of your beautiful performance on him last week, so this makes this news even more upsetting!! My thoughts and prayers are certainly going out for you and beautiful Vaquero!! ((((BIG HUG!))))


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