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        08-04-2012, 05:25 PM
    Originally Posted by muumi    
    PS. Dimsum: howzit bru! Lol
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    Dit gaan goed dankie muumi. I am glad she is doing better, she is a beautiful filly
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        08-04-2012, 05:53 PM
    I'm so glad she's doing better! I don't think there's much that's scarier than a colic!
        08-05-2012, 12:13 AM
    Those small mesh hay nets are really helpful. I use them daily to stop my horses from stuffing their faces. Also when the weather changes here, I give mine soaked alfalfa cubes at night. Adds to hydration and helps with colic issues. I soak it until its completely absorbed and soft. And they drink it like soup.
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        08-06-2012, 12:09 PM
    Another question slash cry for help:
    Goldie's coming home tomrw morning, but as it were, we are expecting another cold front also this week.
    Whihc I'm terrified about, because there is no way I can afford another hospital stay until at least next month :)
    So, I want to try replace her mealtime alfalfa rations, which would be chopped, with the soaked cubes in water.
    She's a fussy eater, but if she would learn to eat it, then it would give me a great peace of mind.
    Does anyone have any advice on how much I should feed, and the ratio of cubes to water? And how long I must soak it?
    Can I soak the evening meal during the day, and the morning meal overnight? Or does it soak much shorter?
    Do I replace her current alfalfa ration to cubes weight for weight? Or do I give less cubes as they are pelleted?
    Hope my questions make sense and I don't sound too frantic either! Haha!

    I can speak to the vet about these things too, but only in the morning, so any tips/guidelines would be appreciated much.
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        08-07-2012, 08:13 AM
    Ok, it is SNOWING here today! Yup, Johannesburg, South Africa. SNOWING...
    I also don't know WTH, but its wonderful timing to make me super paranoid about my girl not drinking enough water... but is also amazing and fantastic at the same time!

    I will post some pics later from my BF's camera, but please don't laugh. Its not a lot of snow I guess, but its SNOW and its HERE!

    Anyway, back to horse: the alfalfa cube idea was ok'ed by my vet, so we're doing that morning and eve, and she's got loose salt in her stall, getting chopped teff and lucerne, aaaand we are manually going to heat her bucket by adding hot water (not the most effective, but bucket warmers havent been found yet)
    Anything else I can do?

    Also, she's going to be blanketed day and night too. Obvs.
        08-07-2012, 08:30 AM
    And look here's a screen capture of the weather forecast for the week:

    Snow through to Thursday. OMG.

        08-07-2012, 11:27 AM
    Wow, snow I'm sweating my hind end off here in California with 39 degrees C.....

    Soooo, the hot water added to her bucket will sure make her drink. Mine actually waited for it (I lived in Germany before and it can get mighty cold there ).

    Another thing I was thinking about, was she reworked for tapeworms? I had an Arab filly who frequently colicked, and so did her sister from the same breeder, until we accidently discovered tapeworms and dewormed for them. No more colics ever.
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        08-07-2012, 11:31 AM
    Oops, wasn't finished.....anyway, my vet, with a big clinic, btw, never even thought about tapeworm.

    I'd ask your vet if you could safely deworm her with Praziquantel.
    Soaking her hay and salt it makes her take in more water while eating already and after.

    Pretty girl, btw
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        08-07-2012, 11:33 AM
    Double oops....reworked = dewormed

    Darn cell phone with a mind of its own......
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        08-09-2012, 07:10 AM
    And another colic makes three.

    I was busy typing out a big paragraph, but in all honesty I don't have the strength for it. Different animal... unrelated source of colic... prognosis not very good.

    I am having huge issues of 'faith', and am wondering whether I should just get out of horses altogether, and get a 'nicer' sport and hobby. Less potentially heartbreaking.

    I feel like either the world's worst horse owner/the universe hates me/the unluckiest person in the world. I am even wondering if I am manifesting my own crap luck with how depressed I am lately, and am thus walking around with a scary fake smile and keep repeating positive mantras to myself and everyone else like a robot, hoping to counteract it if its that. Yes, I am turning into a crazy person.

    Any positive vibes much appreciated.

    Bye for now. Xxxxx

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