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    07-05-2010, 01:42 PM
Colic right now - help

Our Arab mare suddenly started sweating - I mean SWEATING - about 45 minutes ago.
Called the vet then - still haven't heard back.

She starting spewing some froth type liquid a bit after that. About 2 pints, I'd say.

Her pulse is 42 BPM.

She has gut sounds. . .can't be for sure it all sounds normal. . .

He walked her for about 15 minutes and is now with her in the barn.

She rolled when he put her in the stall before I realized we are dealing with colic. She has been rolling - obvious from the dirt all over her when we found her.

This couldn't have been going on long before we found her because she was fine an hour and a half age.

She is NOT sweating like she was now.

Gave her Banamine about 15 minutes ago.

She is just standing there and occassionally gagging.

She is on pasture 24/7 and gets 2 scoops safe choice, a little rice bran and beet pulp pellets 2 x daily.
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    07-05-2010, 01:46 PM
Hand-walk her. It will keep moving and help her deal with the pain, and it will help to stimulate the gut so that the blockage (if this is the case) can hopefully be passed. Don't let her go down to roll.
    07-05-2010, 01:47 PM
I don't know a lot about colic - I'm sure others will reply here and give better advice. Can you keep her walking? Not too much but just enough so she's not rolling. Can you get a hold of another vet? Gagging and frothing almost sounds like she is choking a bit too. Is that a possibility?

I hope she will be ok!
    07-05-2010, 01:49 PM
Call your vet, the gagging isnt normal for colic.
    07-05-2010, 01:50 PM
It is so humid and ungodly hot here, the walking seemed to stress her. We aren't letting her roll, for sure. Would is be wise to walk her in this heat if she seems content to stand and not roll?
    07-05-2010, 01:52 PM
It is probably fine to let her stand if she's not rolling. I have heard that constant walking can actually weaken the horse rather than help. But try that if she is trying to roll.
    07-05-2010, 01:52 PM
I have called over and over, and I haven't heard back. Called his call, office and paged him, and usually, he gets right back with me. I don't know what is going on. He is the only local vet who sees horses or does farm calls.

I know the gagging and (I know horses don't vomit, but it looked like vomit) vomit like action isn't typical colic, so I suppose she might have eaten something toxic on our land, but even then. . .it would be colic, I guess, just because it is still stomach pain.

Wish the vet would call back!
    07-05-2010, 01:58 PM
What color was the stuff comeing out of your horses mouth, because our horse started haveing stuf comeing out of his mouth so we called the vet and he said it was because our horse ate to mutch white clover ,but our horse didint have eny other symotoms except he was sort of gagging. Not shure if that helped but, good luck
    07-05-2010, 02:04 PM
Clover can cause drooling, but this is hard gagging and coming out of the stomach - just foamy with a bit of a green tint and a bit of grass in it.
    07-05-2010, 02:05 PM
The only time you would want to walk her (especially with the heat) is when she starts acting like she's in pain. So pawing biting her stomache, trying to lay down. Could she have eatin bad grain? Or hay? Whens the last time you cleaned her water bucket, and if so did you use soap or just rinse? Soap residue can cause gagging problems. Good luck hopefully the vet will get there and she'll be fine.

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