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        11-18-2008, 11:09 PM
    Your horse should be fine.

    In the winter, I ride my mare so hard that she's dripping sweat (I ride that way year-rund, because, IMHO, a good workout isn't 'good' unless the horse is sweating...). I cool her out by walking her the last mile of our ride (and warm her up by walking the first mile of our ride)... and I've never had any coli problems with either of my two horses... (not that I ride my two year old much, even when I do I don't ride him hard at all either... he is only two)...

    Anyway, I think your horse will be fine.
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        11-18-2008, 11:20 PM
    Originally Posted by brittany    
    Do the people you know work their horses pretty hard?? hard enough to make them sweat??
    I knew a girl that would work the one horse till he was foaming with sweat (literally the black and white horse was all white when she was done), and she'd put him in the stall, with lots of hay in it...give him a bag of grain (probably a pound of grain if not more), give him a wash down in cold water, then put him outside in the pasture

    So I don't think you have much to worry about
        11-18-2008, 11:32 PM
    Green Broke
    I always feel my gelding's chest and stomach to see if it's hot to the touch, if it's a bit warm, then that's ok, but if it's hot, he still needs to walk some more. I don't like him eating unless he is cooled down properly, otherwise I would just worry too much and stuff, plus don't want to risk it. I don't blanket, so I get to hang out for quite some time after a work out in the winter lol.

    What are these cooler things everyone is talking about?
        11-19-2008, 10:22 AM
    Green Broke
    They're usually made of fleece (some are made of wool) - they go on the horse like a regular blanket, but actually pull away from the horse any moisture/sweat.

    They also help the horse to cool down gradually.

    They can look like this:

    Or like this:
        11-19-2008, 10:46 AM
    I can work my horses pretty hard sometimes even in the winter when the temp is in the high 30's and we both get sweaty.

    I'll put a cooler on them and hand walk until they're dry. After that I just turn them back out to the pasture. I try to make sure I finish riding an hour before feeding or watering if I work them very hard otherwise a little sweat doesn't mean much.
        11-20-2008, 01:44 PM
    Green Broke
    Whoever gave you the information about the TB ... wow. If you suspect colic you call the vet immediately. A horse can go downhill so fast with colic. And they don't have the same symptoms. A horse can be colic'y and still have some gut sounds mine did.

    Some vets differ but you usually don't want to push more food into a horse that is colic'ing. There could be an impaction and all that does is put more food into the digestive tract. If there is a possible colic issue our vet has us pull all the food out of the horse's stall immediately.

    You should probably read up on colic if that is a concern with your horses. But have a horse drink and the counting of the number of times it swallows doesn't make much sense unless maybe it was a choke issue.
        11-20-2008, 07:11 PM
    Solon is right, the worst thing to do with a coliced horse is put more on their stomach. The first step is call the vet and then while you are waiting for them to get there, keep the horse up. Don't let him lay down and start rolling because that can cause twisted gut and then you are in real trouble. Just keep him up and walk him a little bit until the vet shows. Also, working your horse into a sweat in the winter is really not that bad, just make sure that he is cooled off completely before you feed or water him. With that, you shouldn't have any problems.
        11-20-2008, 10:16 PM
    Ooorrr... if you're like me and don't have the money to spend on a vet everytime your horse isn't feeling very well, walk the horse around till he starts crapping and acting more lively, all the while giving him some probiotic (dynamite makes some good stuff) about every 15-30 mins, and keep walking him. DO NOT LET HIM LAY DOWN and DON'T FEED HIM. That should make him feel a little better and get things moving in there. My horse was just sick yesterday and it took about 2 hours or so to pull him out of it. Colic is something that can be taken care of pretty easily, but only if you catch it early. If you catch it late, then yeah, a vet is your best bet. But, you can pull a horse out of a colic without a vet.
        11-20-2008, 10:20 PM
    Green Broke
    I wouldn't risk it without a vet. It's too big of a risk. Horses aren't cheap. Having a good emergency fund certainly comes in handy for situations just like this.

    We've had a few horses lost to colic at our barn - one from an owner that thought she could bring the horse out of it herself. It ended horribly. Again, it's just not worth it.
        11-20-2008, 10:32 PM
    True... I guess I just haven't found a good vet around here that I feel I can rely on and/or knows what they're talkin about. Of course, colic is something all vets should be pretty proficient on since it happens everyday.

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