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    11-18-2008, 08:22 PM
Question Colic!!!!!!????

Do you think my horse will colic?????
I lunged him today and it was freezing outside and he broke a sweat and I walked him around the round pen once to let him cool off a little then I brought him outside the roundpen to eat a little bit of grass so I could wait until the cute little kids rode by on their cute little horse...then I walked him back down to the first field and let him take take a couple of chunks out of his grain bucket and by then I kinda realized I probably should have let him cool off more than I did so I took him away from his grain and walked him for a few more minutes and then let him eat some grass for maybe five minutes and then I let him finish off his grain. He didn't seem sick when I put him back in his field, but I'm still really worried, I was listening to his stomach to see if I could hear any gurgling noises and I did hear that (I was taught the hard way before- when I had my Thoroughbred- and learned a lot about colic and I learned that gurgling in the stomach was a good thing and he passed gas when he was walking towards the hay which is also supposed to be a good thing), he wasn't pinning his ears back like he was sick or anything and as we were leaving he went straight to the hay and started eating it....oh we give him beet pulp, which we hear is supposed to be good in helping them digest so that might help to prevent colic??? Do you think he might get colic because I didn't cool him down properly after exercising him. After exercise we fed him a scoop of grain with a scoop of beet pulp??? Please let me know any information that might help
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    11-18-2008, 08:24 PM
Haha. I know plenty of people who don't properly cool out their horses, sadly.

But they've never had colic problems. Im sure your horsey will be fine :)
    11-18-2008, 08:29 PM

Do the people you know work their horses pretty hard?? hard enough to make them sweat??
    11-18-2008, 08:41 PM
Green Broke
Most people work their horses into a sweat - did you put a cooler on him to help wick up the moisture?

Just don't let them drink very cold water after something like that. I haven't heard of a horse colic'ing after a good workout... unless maybe you didn't give him a good cool down and he drank very cold water and bolted his grain.
    11-18-2008, 08:49 PM
We didn't put a cooler on him, sadly that was pretty much my first time working a horse in the cold and they actually broke into a sweat, so we didn't have a cooler to put on him, but now since I'm learning I'm going to look into getting one..........................we're fixin to go check on him now he's about 9/10ths of a mile down the road from back in a minute...unless he has colic

He didn't drink any water but he had beet pulp which has a little bit of water in it but it wasn't freezing water
    11-18-2008, 08:55 PM
Green Broke
I think you're focusing too much on the colic thing for this situation.

Do you have a trainer or someone around you that knows about horses?
    11-18-2008, 08:55 PM
I would think he should be okay. Good to go check as it seems you are doing...but up here it gets really really cold..below freezing a lot of the winter, and in 4-H a lot of the horses were worked to the point where they would sweat and they were always okay. There were a few instances where a newbie gave grain or cold water right after but as soon as they were scolded took them away (so they only got a bit) and they were always fine..

Hope all is well with him! Keep us updated.
    11-18-2008, 09:14 PM

I guess you could say I worry too much lol but I love him sooo much and he's my baby we just got back from checking on him and he was just fine, he walked up with my two babies lookin for some food lol I listened to his stomach again and I heard a gurgle so I feel a looootttt better now that I know he's time I'll be sure to cool him down for at least an hour before he eats and since it's winter and it's pretty darn cold outside I'll invest in a cooler...thanks you guys I probably would have spazzed out if it wasn't for everyone sayin' he'd be ok :)
    11-18-2008, 09:18 PM
I think you are doing fine. Its sweet you are so worried about your horse. But you do have to chill. Your doing fine and I agree never let him drink cold water (I wouldnt really let him eat either) before he is cooled off.
    11-18-2008, 09:44 PM
Thanks :) yeah the Thoroughbred I used to have, one day I took him out of his pasture to ride him and I didn't really notice him acting sick or anything, a couple of minutes before I rode him, I gave him a couple of oatmeal cookies, I rode him for about 30 minutes and when I got off, untacked him, and everything I noticed he looked very sick, his ears were pinned back and he had a sick expression on his face, he looked really pitiful and we figured it must be colic so we stayed at the farm for a lot longer than expected and made him walk and graze in the meadow, he kept pawing the ground and looking at his stomach and stretching out, trying to relieve the pain in his stomach. I was told to keep making him eat the grass and to listen to his stomach for any gurgling noises and there weren't very many, so after a while we brought him over to the water hose and the owner of the farm had me hold his halter and put my hand on his throat to count how many swallows he took. After that it got really late and the farm owner put him in a paddock beside his house and said he should get better....I cried myself to sleep that night and couldn't concentrate for nothing at school the next day.....he was the sweetest horse I have EVER met and had the pleasure to own. My mom called the school the next day and they called me down to the office and they told me that he was alright :) That made me sooo happy that I cried on my way back to class but wiped my tears away so nobody could tell lol.....when it comes to horses or other animals I can't stand to see them in pain

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