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post #1 of 5 Old 12-23-2010, 08:52 AM Thread Starter
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Colic Need help

My horse coliced last night, after a short trail ride bareback I brushed him gave some hay and turned him back out , 2hours later I go back to turn them in and go to the restaurant and my horse was feeling weezing and not wanting to eat and waited 10min and shure enough there was all the signs the vet came and cured him:) and gave him some benamine but we have no idea what caused it , he drank minimum one pale and he ate 3-4flakes in the morning (but skipped his grain because I had none left but has been 3days) and 1 after the trail ride he wasnt sweaty nothing it was like a 20min ride , the vet said ather the water or maybe worms but I dewormed him in agust ... I was going to redo it this week , the vet dewormed him and said he would check his stools , but this is the 3rd time he coliced this year I really need help to find what is the cause its not just costing me and arm and leg every time but I don't want to loose him either .. I know the first time he coliced was rich grass..
please help !! Thanks


Horse
quarter horse
stallion
very calm
eats kinda fast.. has a lot of appetite
weight is down a bit he should gain 50 to 75 pounds to be perfect
7yrs old
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post #2 of 5 Old 12-23-2010, 08:56 AM Thread Starter
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I also did a one month treatment for uclers in july, to make shure if that would be the source it would be treated. ...
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post #3 of 5 Old 12-23-2010, 09:04 AM
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I take it that it's gas colic, and not impaction?

My 12 y/o gelding used to gas colic quite a bit as a youngster.

Stallions are also naturally going to be more 'up' than other horses due to their hormones, so it could be stress related.

I finally found a way to keep Casper from colicing too much. I mixed a box of regular iodized table salt with a box of baking soda, and added some to his feed every day. The bicarbonate helps to keep the gas buildup down, and the salt keeps him drinking water, which is vital.

I've since stopped using the mixture, but water down everyone's feed to keep them hydrated, which is especially important during the winter months when they drink less.
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There are many causes of colic. Unless you have a definite proof of cause such as mold in the hay or sand in the poop sometimes you will never know. With him being underweight there could have been underlying issues such as ulcers or worms as you mentioned. It could be the drop in barometric preasure, it could be that it's been really cold out and he is not drinking enough. You might want to bring him a luke-warm bucket of water if the temp has been really low. Sometimes they don't want to drink when it's really cold.....

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post #5 of 5 Old 12-23-2010, 09:12 AM Thread Starter
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ok thanks , I already give him lukewarm water and when I feed him his grain I put about 1liter of water with it (tri max) to let it soak a bit but iits a real soup ew... lol
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