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    12-20-2012, 11:42 AM
Colicy Horse?! Please help!!

So the 20 month old colt I take care of coliced on Tuesday night. It wasn't major but we had to stay up all night with him and periodically walk him. He tried to go down a few times, but we noticed it was only after a bowel movement. He had small bowel movements throughout the night, but they were small and maybe equaled a whole bowel movement by the morning. He was dehydrated and lethargic. We got some water into him by a syringe, then he drank a little bit of warm water on his own. By the time morning came, he was feeling better and acting more like himself. The vet came out and examined and tubed him to make sure there were no blockages. He didn't find any so he gave Jasper a dose of Banamine and gave us a vial just in case. By yesterday afternoon, he was eating and getting somewhat rehydrated. He was fine throughout last night, then we let him out this morning and he laid down in the field and didn't get back up until we had the halter on him. He's still somewhat dehydrated and lethargic. We talked to the vet and he said to give him a shot of Banamine if he acts like he's hurting, but he hasn't shown any signs of hurting. Our main concern right now is to get him rehydrated. We've tried honey water, warm water, and then we had to get the syringe again. Any ideas? Thanks!!
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    12-20-2012, 01:37 PM
How dehydrated is he? Enough so that the vet should of run a couple of liters of fluid in?
    12-20-2012, 01:40 PM
It not uncommon for a horse that has coliced to be out of sorts for a few days. One easy way to get more water into him is to soak his hay. Fill a hay net with his hay and soak it in a tub of water for at least 30 mins. Remove any concentrates as they can exacerbate a sour stomach.
    12-20-2012, 02:25 PM
Get the vet back out.
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    12-20-2012, 02:33 PM
No, he's not that dehydrated. He was that first night, but now he's getting rehydrated somewhat. And I will definitely try that, LHP! Hay is the only the only thing he will eat at the moment, so that might work! And Alex, we've already talked to the vet again! :)
    12-20-2012, 07:32 PM
You could try putting apple juice in his water that worked to get my mare drinking again good.
    12-21-2012, 12:18 PM
I haven't checked on him today, but his owner did and so far, so good! His owner is having another guy come and check him out later this morning just in case!
    12-21-2012, 01:31 PM
Originally Posted by spirit88    
You could try putting apple juice in his water that worked to get my mare drinking again good.
If a horse is not drinking, the last thing you do is change their water. A soupy mash or wetting pellets, etc is safer.
    12-21-2012, 01:45 PM
I just went down there and he had drank close to a gallon of water on his own. He's back to himself and definitely feeling a whole lot better! Thanks for all of the help, guys!! :)
    12-21-2012, 02:18 PM

Originally Posted by mls    
If a horse is not drinking, the last thing you do is change their water. A soupy mash or wetting pellets, etc is safer.
The horse was colicky don't want to feed it a pellet mash it would only make matters worse. Apple juice smells good and it has worked for getting horses to drink when they wouldnt. Last thing I would give a colicky horse is a pellet mash. OP iam glad he's doing good now great news.

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