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post #1 of 3 Old 03-05-2008, 09:23 AM Thread Starter
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bad colic

Just wanted to write about what happened to my horse sunday night. I went to the barn during the day to see my horse and groom him. I kept noticing that he was picking up his back legs and resting them one at a time. I thought that was weird because he never did that before. I kept grooming and then all then he started pawing. I figured he just wanted to eat some grass, but something told me to take him in the arena and let him loose and just watch him. Boy I am glad I did that. He immediately layed down. I ran in and got him up and a couple seconds later he layed down again and put his head on the sand and just moaned. That was when I ran for my phone and called my vet.
To make a long story short, he had a displaced colon and she gave me three options. It was either transport him an hour and 1/2 away for surgery which was going to cost about $ 9,000 or take him to my vets clinic and treat him with fluids and no surgery for about $ 2,000 or if I did nothing, he would die in the middle of the night.
The later was not an option so we took him to my vets clinic as I did not have $ 9,000 and was treated with fluids and all the other things he did.
I was there until midnight with him and it didn't look good. My vet was giving him about 30 % chance of making it through the night. He said he would give me a call at 7:00 AM and let me know what happened. I was up the whole night and then got the call.
HE MADE IT !!! I cried and then ask what's next. He said that he wanted to keep him over night again and monitor him to see how he does with taking food on his own. I said, OK.
The signs kept looking better and better and I got to bring him home last night.
Now he is on careful monitoring at home I'll just SLOWLY bring him back to health.
The reason for this colic was a combination of two things. The previous owners had almost starved him to death and kept him in a sand round pen for a long period of time and fed him there on the sand. ( idiots ) Sorry, but just common sense there !!
I rescued him about 6 weeks ago and had all these plans of putting weight on him and getting him healthy and I was hell-bent on doing just that. The problem was that he had so much sand in him that everything I fed him just blocked him up and I had no idea.
All this being said, he will be going on a regular sand removal treatment plan amongst other special instructions from my vet.
I guess the whole reason for me writing about this is to tell everyone don't ever under estimate the signs of colic. Sometimes it's a lot worse than you thought and action needs to be taken right away.
Thanks for reading my story
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post #2 of 3 Old 03-05-2008, 10:18 AM
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I'm glad he pulled through! Keep us updated on his progress.
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post #3 of 3 Old 03-05-2008, 10:32 AM
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Sorry to hear that! I'm glad he's better!
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