Riley died peacefully this morning after eight days in the ICU at the Loomis Basin Equine Medical Center.
Riley’s strong will and indomitable spirit amazed everyone as she went through a battery of tests, scans, and medications, and then through several surgeries to drain the infection in her hind leg. But it became clear that the antibiotics were not working and her pain became progressively worse; she stopped passing manure and her other hind leg began to fail as it bore all of her weight.
We then discovered that the infection was so aggressive that it had invaded the coffin joint. In her condition, this was not treatable. We all talked it over and decided that the best thing for Riley was to put her to sleep.
We are so grateful to the staff at Loomis. They did everything they could to keep Riley comfortable during her stay and in her passing, as well as allowing us to be with her during odd hours.
We will always love Riley. She was a horse that comes along once in a lifetime.
Riley Memorial Fundraiser
We will be having a memorial fundraiser at the ranch on June 26 to help cover Riley’s medical bills. Erin will be teaching lessons and giving consultations on student-requested topics such as trailer loading, equine first aid, ground skills, and riding. All proceeds will go directly to medical costs.
Email Erin (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your desired time slot and let her know what you would like to cover in the lesson.
9am to 11am
11am to 1pm
1pm to 3pm
(If you can’t make it on Saturday but want to make a donation to the Riley Memorial Fund, you can send a check made out to Erin Murphy at Equine Partners, Inc., 11009 Spenceville Rd, Penn Valley, 95946.)
We know these are tough times for everyone and appreciate any and all contributions.
Again, thank you for all of your love and support,
Erin & Kim