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    12-08-2011, 09:46 PM

I need my mind set to ease for the night until the vet comes out. My mare, who is 17 years of age has never coliced before or even really ever gotten sick in the 11 years I've had her. Last night she didn't eat her hay, then this morning she didn't eat her grain. I thought maybe she just wasn't hungry, so I left it out for her. She never touched it. I went out and checked on her at 3 and she was just standing in the pasture, very uncomfortable looking. I went and listend to her gut sounds and there was nothing. So I decided I'd wait about 30 minutes to see if it would pass. When it didn't I called the vet, told her what was going on. She had me get her heart rate which was a little low. So the vet said to give her some warm mash, and that if she gets worse to call her out for an emergancy. Though if she doesn't get better or worse by the morning, to call her so she can do something about it before it gets worse. I offered the mash, but she wouldn't even touch it. I'm extremely worried about her, but I don't know much about colic. (Should have listened at votech... lmao.) I know what it does, and the symptoms and such.
Though does it normally pass on its own if its just a little bout?
Is there a way to tell if it is more serious?

I know, get the vet out. She will be out if she isn't better in the morning. I just didn't want an emergancy vet call if it isn't an emergancy.
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    12-08-2011, 09:49 PM
If it was me, I'd be on the phone to the vet while I was handwalking her. I'm a bit surprised they suggested feeding her. Has she had any bowel movements?
    12-08-2011, 09:49 PM
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Is she kicking, biting at her sues? Any rolling or getting up and down alot? Will she eat fresh grass? I'd do hourly checks on her if she ISN'T doing any of the things I said, if she is, call your vet ASAP get her up and walk her until the vet gets there, don't let her go down to roll! Can you tell if she has been drinking? I'd be calling my vet out by now for something like this. Do you have banimine? Did you take her tempature to rile anything else out?
    12-08-2011, 09:59 PM
As I haven't seen, there has been no bowel movement. I unfortunatly do not have themomenter I could use on her, otherwise I would have. She was dusty on one side like she had laid down, but I am not home half of the day. The vet is the one who had me get her heart rate, to see if it was an emergancy or not. We have a trough in the small pasture where she goes at night, but during the day they go to the pond. So there is no way to tell if she has been drinking. I know not to let her roll, but with it being night time I'll have no control of that unless I stay watch out there all night. I'm worried about her, but I wish I didn't have to be.
    12-08-2011, 10:05 PM
I'd definitely call the vet.
    12-08-2011, 10:10 PM
I would if I had the money to pay for it all. Though it is my parents paying, and anyone that has parents that don't know a lot about horses know how hard it is to get them to call the vet out. It was a miracle they were willing to call her out earlier. I just didn't think it would be to much of a deal. So now I have to wait until morning. If she isn't better the vet will definetly be out.
    12-08-2011, 10:14 PM
If you have to wait, do hourly checks on her and handwalk her for 15 minutes, watch for bowel movements, passing gas, see if she will drink. Watch for the other warning signs mentioned to be sure it's not getting worse. Sending well wishes your way!
    12-08-2011, 10:20 PM
Thankfully I have a camra in the barn because of our pregnant one. So I'll be keeping an eye on her. Go out there every so often until I have to go to bed.. I won't be going to Vo-tech in the morning if the vet is going to be coming out. Though I still need the sleep just incase she gets better over night.
    12-08-2011, 11:51 PM
If she hasn't eaten in this long, this is not a passing thing and she needs veterinary attention ASAP. I can't believe the vet didn't immediately want to see her earlier.
    12-09-2011, 12:43 AM
Originally Posted by bubba13    
If she hasn't eaten in this long, this is not a passing thing and she needs veterinary attention ASAP. I can't believe the vet didn't immediately want to see her earlier.
I agree. It's already been over 24 hours.

OP, if money is an issue the sooner the vet sees that horse the cheaper it will be plus the outcome might be favorable.
If she is in a barn surely you can tell if she's drinking or not.
I don't understand how someone is breeding horses, has cameras in the barn but doesn't know to quickly treat a colicing horse.

No way I could even think of sleeping

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