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        09-26-2013, 09:41 AM
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    Colic questions!

    The day before yesterday I was walking to my barn, I noticed out in the pasture our horses (3) were in their usual spot under a tree. The newest and youngest mare, 3 years old, was rolling. I didn't think anything of it because she jumped up and came running to the barn with the others.

    She and the others don't get much feed during the summer, We only feed enough to bring them to the barn when we call. They have not had any hay for a good while. They are on about 8 acres pasture 24/7. There has been lots of rain this summer for us, so the pasture is thick with lots and lots of grass.

    When she was in her stall with her 2-3 cups of sweet feed, she went to the back of the stall and laid down, I didn't notice immediately because I was doing other barn chores. When I walked in front of her stall she jumped up and came over and ate a bite more. I walked out of the barn and when I walked back in a minute later she was once again laying down.. NOW I started thinking... uh..oh... and started watching her.. she didn't act like she hurt but she had a depressed look about her. I could tell she didn't feel good.

    The vet was called and was actually near us on another farm call. She got there within 30 minutes. Gave her a shot for pain and to drug her so she could do a rectal. When she started pulling poop out it was covered in tiny black seeds. Millions of them! She did have a couple of the red strongil (sp) worms. We just got this mare in early summer and did worm her then (cannot remember which wormer). The vet said she did need quest worming but not right now due to the colic.

    The vet ran the tube up her nose to her stomach and put a lot of water/oil in. About the time the knock out drug wore off she started hurting. We walked her and walked her.. she was cramping so bad even with the banamine (sp) that one of us led her the other walked behind with the lunge whip to encourage her along.. she wanted to go down every step. Her front end wanted to buckle under and her butt was so far tucked up under her she looked weird. We walked for 3 hours and she finally started relaxing.

    The vet could not figure out why she had colic... no new feed, not much feed when she got feed, no hay. No nothing new.. young mare.. not much of a worm load... I think we are going to get her thru this colic.. she was some better yesterday, not a lot of poop but some. Yesterday the vet had us hand graze her for 30 min. Every few hours, were also told to make a "broth" out of equine senior feed small scoop in a 5 gal bucket full of water. The feed dissolved almost completely so it was a true horsey broth and she loved it.. She got water and nutrition all in one.. She still had not passed the oil as of yesterday evening, but overnight she started passing that oil.

    My dilemma is.. what caused this? We don't want her to go through this agony again. The vet was very concerned because she couldn't figure out what caused it... and she (the vet) prepared us for her not surviving this colic. The mare was that bad!!! Like I said... at this point I think she is going to pull thru.. but we don't want to do it again.. any ideas of what could have caused it???

    Rhonda
         
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        09-27-2013, 02:40 AM
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    Trained
    Hmm, mystery. What's her previous management/diet been like do you know? Perhaps she has ulcers or other gut issues from that. While a couple of cups of sweet, grainy feed shouldn't have that much impact, if she is over sensitive & gets that regularly, it could be part of the problem. Could 'low grade' laminitis be a problem, with so much rich grass? And the black seeds?? Pasphallum(if you have that over there) or such? Could be a reaction from that - I've heard of cases of the sticky seed heads becoming mouldy in warm, wet seasons & causing toxicity.
         

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