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    08-08-2012, 11:40 AM
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Well, last night was a long one.

Out of the blue, Cowboy came up in colic :(
He was fine when my dad went to feed him (I and my mom were out,) and he was fine when I checked on him, (about nine,) but then when my mom went to check on them, (11pm,) She came back and said Cowboy kept 'scratching the ground.' Cowboy never paws in his stall. So red flags go up ...
I go out, and it was kind of odd ... I could hear gut sounds, he had his average temp. Of 98, for he's always low, there was a pile in his stall, and when I took him outside to see if he'd eat grass, he did! The problem? His whole right side was swollen, and he tried to roll on me just a minute after I took him out.

So, obviously, we walked and walked. Mother insisted on NOT calling the vet () and instead dicided to educate herself through Google. Eventually, they realized we needed Banamine, and my Dad (finally!!) called the vet, and went to her house to get it. They didn't want to call because, by that time, it was 11:30. I told them horses aren't clocks - they don't get sick in convienient times. But anyway, all was well ...

We walked from 11 to about 12.40, gave him Banamine at 11:45, and he was acting okay at 12.40. We put him in his stall to see what he would do. Some tail swishing, tiny bit of paw, then nothing. He just doded off to sleep!

After that, I stayed up till 2 AM, just so I could go check on him. He looked back to himself! Just in case, I went out again at 4 AM, and 8 this morning, and just got back (The bonus at having them at home ...) and he looks like he never had a problem!!

Now my question is, what do we do now? I know no food, as in nothing for now, but when can I give him some hay again? No grain, I know that, but can he have hay at all today? He is on constant water supply. We don't have a dry lot, and I was told not to put him on the grass, so stall rest. But I've also heard they should get excersize? I have a lesson schedualed for 7 PM today, but can I ride him right after he coliced?

Please help me out, as you all have so graceously done before :) Thank you so much!!
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    08-08-2012, 02:37 PM
48 views and nothing?

Well, I gave him half a flake of hay. Acting normal, so I figured a little something won't hurt. Checking on him again at 4 :)
    08-08-2012, 03:09 PM
Sorry to hear ... it is so scary I know, my mare colicked last week ( a little bit different situation) but still it is not fun at all. We were advised that as long as gut sounds, temp, were ok and she was acting normal again to go ahead and give her hay (lots of water of course) and continue to monitor very closely. I would say if you are unsure or anything seems not right with him, I would definitely put another call in to your vet and make sure.
    08-08-2012, 06:26 PM
Thank You very much for your reply :) He has now just had a little flake or two in him, smaller amounts in more feedings. But he's only just taken a few sips or one good drink of his water. He's got a full bucket, but he's only got it down just below the rim. I hate the fact that the saying is true - you can lead a horse to water ... but you can't make him drink :/
    08-08-2012, 06:58 PM
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I see you're in KY so you basically have the same miserable weather I have in southern Middle Tennessee

My 25 yo metabolic horse never colicked a day in his life until this past March. I've lost count but I think we're on colic #5 to-date.

His problem is three-fold, #2 & #3 may apply to your situation:

1. He has hind gut ulcers.

2. This high heat/humidity is creating a lot of stress on him.

3. He never has been a big water drinker. I just now got back from ponying him in from the high ridge, off the 4-wheeler. Because his smart-aleck alpha self hadn't been up for water the entire day.

He was shaky and his flanks were tight.

I add iodized table salt to his supplements twice daily and he was drinking good for awhile but these last few days, he's slowed his drinking down again. I think that's because our weather's about to go into a big change. He has always been affected by barometric pressure but it seems heightened now that he's a senior and has metabolic issues.

My point to all that is, it's entirely possible your horse is more sensitive to this weather than what is normal. Watch his water intake and try to get as much in him as you can, including wetting whatever goes into his feed pan and dampen his hay.

No grass? That's odd as that is the first my vet said when Duke first colicked; get him out walking and let him eat as much grass as he wants. Even though this horse has Equine Metabolic Syndrome, the vet wanted to see him getting grass in his digestive system.

I would also feed a pre-probiotic, if you're not already. I can laugh at my own words because I was but, I've added Brewers Yeast to everyone's diet.

I buy Diamond V-YC in the 50# bag at my feed store. You should be able to find it fairly easy and it's not costly. I pay around $23 for a bag.

My vet's instructions are to feed it at two tablespoons twice daily to the Walking Horses and one tablespoon twice daily to my little Arab who only weighs 845 lbs.

If you're feeding your horse hard grain, I would get him off it, at least until this weather goes back to being something civilized.

In order to get his arthritis and metabolic supplements in him, I am only feeding the above-mentioned horse one pound of his TC senior in the mornings. At night he gets half measuring cup of pelleted rice bran and a handful of carrots/apples that have been mushed in the blender.

I mix everything with water. He's doing ok so far but he only left two piles of manure in his stall overnight, drank less than a gallon of water, drank very little when I led him up to the barn just now, and I see colic coming again.

If your horse wants to keep colicking, he also needs checked for both fore and hindgut ulcers.

In this rotten weather it can be just the weather or something else going on and the weather is the trigger

I hope this gives you some insight and is helpful
    08-08-2012, 11:08 PM
Thank. You. So. MUCH!!!

You have no idea how much I love you <3

Lol, just kidding ... sort of ;) That helps me so much!
    08-09-2012, 12:12 AM
Im curious what the vet said about the swelling.

Its difficult to track down what causes colic. It took me almost 2 years to figure out my appys issues. Vet says she has PLE, basically some sort of hindgut issue. Could be scar tissue, or ulcers. So I give her soaked alfalfa hay cubes at night. And she gets platinum performance twice a day.
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    08-09-2012, 12:14 AM
It comes down to once you pinpoint the issue, finding what works for your horse. Also. The soaked hay cubes works well to get them to drink. I use alfalfa because it helps with the ulcers and settles the stomach, but you can get them in other kinds. I sometimes put electrolytes in it too.
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    08-09-2012, 12:54 AM
Only had one of our horses get a bout of colic (our miniature)
Vet gave him banamine and tubed him with parafin oil.

We also were told as much grass as he wants, because it is soft and moist.
He also got some parafin oil weekly for a while after that.
    08-17-2012, 02:26 PM
Just curious but had you recently wormed the horse? I have heard that paste wormers can cause colic.

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