I am feeling quite sorry for myself.
My adopted filly... maybe you will remember her from previous threads:
Anyway, as I was saying, my adopted filly has been having some real problems lately. To summarise, a month ago she colicked, and the vet determined it was an impaction, so she was rushed to a clinic, treated, spent three nights, and then came home, feeling much better.
However, on Tuesday I get a call: she is colicking again. I rush home and get the vet to rush over, and she seems in a bad way. We don't want to even leave it for a night, she is immediately taken to the clinic to be given IV fluids, where she still remains. I forget the details, but the vet on call explained exactly where the impaction sat, and that these colics are the ones that usually need surgery. Luckily we caught it early. So early that the vet said he actually never sees the colic at this point, people always bring them in when it is further progressed (read: too late to avoid surgery), so that was our saving grace.
The thing is, these two colics could be unrelated and just extremely unlucky, but there are suspicions emerging that there may in fact be something about this horse that makes her prone to impactions of this nature. My vet said it could be one of many things... but I really cannot even remember all the things I was told... I think I was a zombie on fear, worry, and adrenaline for most of Tuesday and Wednesday.
It could perhaps have something to do with malnutrition as a baby, or not. But that would fit. In a way.
Anyway, I just received a call from the vet at the clinic. They are thinking that perhaps if
there is some physical problem and inclination towards impactions, or suspicions thereof, that I should keep her on "chopped" grass forever
. I'm not sure what you would call this, but I mean when the hay is chopped up into little bits a couple inches long and fed that way. Is it called chaff? Sorry for being so clueless, I don't have the English.
Regardless, it seems that it could become a possibility that this horse should never again be fed long stem hay, just chopped hay. This is terrifying to me. Has anyone had a similar experience? I mean, just the cost of that must be staggering. And what about grazing? Would she be allowed to?
I will talk to my vet about this when she calls, but I just needed to say it all 'out loud', and get it off my chest.