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post #1 of 8 Old 01-09-2013, 09:29 PM Thread Starter
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My 20+ year old mini horse is compacted with stool & sand. Had the vet come out 2 times in the past 3 days. Both times the vet put the tube in his nose and pumped out his stomach and pumped water with mineral oil & sand clear power into it. She gave him bentamine shot and anistetic both times she came out. He doesnt have any twisted organs, we can hear gurgling and stomach sounds. His heart rate was a little high yesterday but his gums were pink, but probably a little dehydrated. He would lay down and roll and grunt when laying down. As of today which is the 4th day of no poop, I gave him an enema which the vet said I could try, with the first one he pooped a little bit and it was very hard and dry with mucus around it. She gave me some bentamine paste for him and since giving him the enema he seems to be in less discomfort and walks around more and is grazing and drinking water. The vet said not to feed him hay and to just let him graze and give him mushed pellets. Is there anything else I can do for him I don't want to put him down.We rescued him a year ago from a family who mistreated him for many years. Any input or suggestions would help. Thanks.
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post #2 of 8 Old 01-10-2013, 01:35 AM
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Wow, sorry to hear the little fellow is having this problem. Epsom salt generally works. The dose should probably be something your vet prescribes.

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Yeah the last pumping she did into his stomach she put Epsom salt in there as well.
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At 20 y/o he's aged but not geriatric, so if he can get through the impaction there's no reason he can't live another 10 to 15 years.

However, if you can't get the impaction to move, he'll either need surgery or to be euthed. Even if the intestines aren't twisted, they can go necrotic if there isn't any movement within a certain time period.

I wish you and your boy the best. Impaction colic is so very frightening. If/once he finally passes the impaction, please get him on a regimen of psyllium fiber to keep his gut moving.

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Yeah the last pumping she did into his stomach she put Epsom salt in there as well.
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I am assuming the enema you personally gave the little guy was part or all mineral oil? I would watch how much water he takes in, it will be important to keep him hydrated. If he were mine, I would try to keep him moving a bit to help stimulate things.
I am surprised the empsom salts had no effect. I have seen it given as a warm solution by individuals (not vets), and it worked. I have only ever heard croton oil is a potent laxative for horses, I have never known anyone that used it, nor seen it for sale. But if it did not improve and it were me I might investigate the more "unconventional".
I hope he has improved - and is soon back to normal.

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Well good news!!! As I went out this morning to check on him I was welcomed with 6 piles of wet watery poop, as I called out his name he came walking fast up to me alert as can be! He's back down to his normal size there is no more bloating and he's grazing steadily now. I've never been so happy too see horse poop so early in the morning lol. I'm going to be putting him on a all senior grain and alfalfa pellets for him to eat since he is so old. The vet had said that his molars are almost to the root. So he is unable to fully grind up the hay. And give him full access to grazing as well.
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Wonderful news!

You might want to wet down his feed into a slurry, since his teeth are almost gone. Don't forget to put him on on pysllium fiber regimen as well. That will help keep the sand out of his gut.

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Soak his pellets so he gets water in him. Water is as important as anything to keep the gut moving along.

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