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!!