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post #1 of 11 Old 02-15-2013, 12:14 AM Thread Starter
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I am wondering how long horses can go with colic and still make it. I found my mare this morning with it sweating all over laying trying to roll, etc. I got the vet here within a couple hours gave her the mineral oil and shots to help.

Anyway its now been all day and she is standing and laying quietly for the most part stomps here feet a bit at times but not thrashing so violently. So I am wondering how long this can go before it's more than likely she won't come out of it. I have tried walking her and taking her for rides in the trailer have not overdone any of it just getting her moving throughout the day.
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post #2 of 11 Old 02-15-2013, 01:23 AM
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I think it depends on how severe the case is.

Walking them definitely helps. But if they're not passing anything, I'd be worried. There may be an impaction of some kind. Sometimes it may take surgery. Meanwhile, keep her moving. They usually don't want to, but they should.

I've heard of horses colicking for several days. Usually the owner doesn't have a lot of exposure to their horse, or doesn't check on them everyday, and it will go unnoticed. A bit of bad behavior over a period of days starts to add up when the horse starts to kick his/her stomach violently.

I have a mare that, I believe, had a weak case of gas colic for a few weeks. Then one day it just got really bad, and I finally noticed. I didn't realize she was in any pain before that point; she was really stoic. And I interacted with her for several hours a day at least. Found out that the pasture she was on (she was boarded at a stable) was about 75% fresh alfalfa. It was way too rich. Most of the horses there had diarrhea constantly or colicked at least once a month.

It sounds like you're doing the right thing though- walking her.
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post #3 of 11 Old 02-15-2013, 01:00 PM
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Just keep an eye on her. If you see no improvment by mid afternoon, I would call the vet again and tell them what's going on. They may want to come back out.

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well I couldn't wait any longer so i took her in this morning at about 5 am. It ends up that it wasn't just colic so to speak it was pigeon fever coming back in her again. I noticed her being a little off 2 weeks ago and then a week later i got the vet out he said it was just external pigeon fever more than likely and when she gets closer we would drain it and put her on 2 antibiotics to get rid of it this time. So as you already know then she started showing severe colic so I had her taken care of yesterday, then after a long night with her I took her in hoping to get this all cleared up.

Well after some tests they found it to be internal abcesses which is bad but still you have a chance to treat it with anibiotics. Only problem is hers had ruptured and based off of her other bloodwork her body has already fought its fight.

The saying at the bottom of my posts says about how she has a spot ahead of my wife as a joke but honestly she is the only horse of all my horses i ever owned that had that special bond you hear about. you can look at other posts of her you'll see she was about all i talk about and she has not only been just a favorite she truly was a spectacular horse.

Anyway I just didn't have the heart to put her down right there and I asked the vet if he thought there was even a chance that anitbiotics could help her. He said he really doubted it would do anything but never hurts to try. So now I've got her back home probably just for a couple more days but still shes home.
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I'm so sorry.
I'm glad you got to bring her home.
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Hello Makoda, I am sorry to hear about your horse. I had a clients horse have pigeon fever go internal. It was awful. She did live, but was on crazy expensive drugs to turn her around and it was well over a month until she started showing signs of getting better. She was on antibiotics and another drug used for HIV patients. I am sorry this was in 2004 and I don't remember the name of the durg. I do remember it was a paste that came in a tube and was a red/orange color and difficult to administer. We had to keep gloves on to administer the drug. We had to give it to her twice a day. She was very, very sick but did pull through it. I will keep you and your horse in my thoughts and wish you the best on this journey. I know how special a first horse can be and hope she comes through well. Best wishes.

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I'm so sorry to hear this ((hugs))
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oh what a day its been. thank you to you guys for replying it helped comfort me a bit. I do believe i have some good news though today. so i'll tell you the story to this point.

Well when we got home my brother who is not a horse person and thought at first I was just crazy to try and save her; well he is also a nurse. And immediatly when we got home he went in mixed her drugs up and got some other things for her we dosed her and let her be. I felt good knowing that he showed he cared, but thought it didn't really matter.

So later that day he calls and says he's coming over again brought his stethoscope and checked her over again told me he didn't think that some of the vet reccomendations were best and wanted to try something else. I started it with well shes gonna die anyway so whatever you want to do.

At that point he says no i don't believe shes gonna die. I thought about her blood work all day and although some of it doesn't look good some of it did. So long story short he said this is no time to just give up on her and he wasn't going to whether i did or not. So based off what he found with her vital signs we did exactly as he wanted. I even had to hunt around with some local horseowners to find a blanket for her for the night.

So the good news is that last night she stayed standing all night which is good considering she has been down. And when i went out to start her anti biotics with him this morning she walked away over to the hay started eating and then drank. And has done it once more today shes up and looking better just the look in her eye looks better. Still hasn't pooped but he's not as concerned with that and neither is the vet who called back to check in with me today, who also can't believe what he's heard about her eating and drinking.

Also my mother is a biology teacher with a masters in it. my grandmother worked in labs a lot of her life and was known to be really good, brothers a nurse. none of them will rule her out and she wouldn't be to this point of good health again if it weren't for them all discussing what needs to be done. I just hope this continues to get better. I can't believe all of the support that bailey (the horse) is getting. I guess it wasn't just me who liked her.

well gotta go so there's the update.
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Wondering how things are going & hoping for good news.
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post #10 of 11 Old 02-20-2013, 04:07 PM
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Hope the horse is still fighting-sounds like quite a family effort-keeping my fingers crossed for you.
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