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    11-17-2012, 09:06 PM
Check your horse's manure often. If it is like a cow pie, cut back on grazing time; your horses run the risk of founder/colic. Normal manure = everything is working normally in their guts.
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    11-17-2012, 09:21 PM
Colic isn't dependent on just one thing, and even normal looking manure doesn't mean a horse won't get it. I worry most about colic when the weather changes drastically.
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    11-17-2012, 10:14 PM
I agree with speed racer iv had a horse colic and die that had normal looking manure so really can't go by that alone.
    11-17-2012, 10:53 PM
My mom and I have talked about this, as she is the one who would be footing the bill for a major surgery like this, and we would not do it. Money aside, the chance of survival is just too low and I know my gelding would not be able to mentally handle the recovery.
    11-17-2012, 11:29 PM
If I had the money, I would definitely at least try unless the horse is older or I don't think the chances are in favor (I've been good at quick decisions like this so far, though). However, if I don't have the money, or something like I just mentioned... as hard as letting go is, I wouldn't hesitate. No need for them to suffer to death when a quick, safe end is possible.
    11-18-2012, 12:01 AM
I wouldn't put a horse through surgery at this point in time whether I had the money or not. I have a family and a job, and I can't nurse a recovering horse. I love him and he is a big part of my life, but as another poster said, he's not going to run into danger to save me, and I'm not putting my human family in danger to save him. He's given me 14 great years so far. He's payed his dues, and I have paid mine. At this point if he was majorly sick or injured, I'd have to let him go.
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    11-18-2012, 12:15 AM
Instead of having that decision made, I try to attract a more possitive outcome, and be proactive. I don;t have to make that decision if my horse doesn't colic. I also live in the barn, so I see the very very very slightest and earliest signs of colic and deal with it then. My horse has never colicked. But there are a few horses here that tend to.

The risk of impaction colic this time of year is pretty high, depending on where you live. The grass gets dry and doesn't contain a lot of moisture. First and foremost, if your horses are on grass right now make sure they have access to PLENTY of water. If the pasture is big, several water buckets is a good idea. Also adding beet pulp soaked and soaking their grain will help increase their water intake.

Also adding probiotics or live cell yeast to their diets just to aid in digestion, is a good idea. IMO.

Good luck :)
    11-18-2012, 11:10 AM
It would depend on the cause. All the watching & careful management in the world can't prevent some things.

One of mine had a colic we just couldn't pull her out of by normal means so into the hospital she went. She had surgery for a strangulating lipoma. She breezed through the surgery & recovery was petty quick. She was 7 at the time & is now 25 with no health issues.

Another, at age 20-ish, presented with fast respirations but all else seemed normal. The first vet said she was fine, I didn't agree & took her to another clinic. There she was quickly diagnosed with enteritis. She came home after 3 days of stomach decompression, IV's, meds & supportive care. She is still with me today.

Both those horses have personalities that make working with them very easy. Sometimes that can be a factor in 'yes' or 'no'.

I won't put a horse down without knowing exactly what is wrong. Colic is such a broad term & can mean many things, some easier than others.

I understand finances often play a big part in decisions but I figure I can always get more money.

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