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post #21 of 32 Old 04-16-2013, 03:14 AM
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Sending prayers for both you and Drifter!!

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post #22 of 32 Old 04-16-2013, 03:16 AM Thread Starter
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okay now that I am back at a computer- a little vent about the vet on call who came out from the university..

She did no rectal and did not take his temperature. Told me that a horse who is calm is not necesarily colicing. I had to explain to her that he was NEVER that depressed. Explained he was uninterested in food. She said some horse just don't like to eat all the time. I was like REALLY?!?! She listened to him and said she heard a "ping" as she tapped on his side. Never explained to me what exactly that meant.

The kicker though, was that she told me she HAD to tube him. It was imperative that she tube him. So I said okay. I was on the phone with my usual vet who was out of town and he asked to be put on the phone with her. He told her that Drifter hardly needs any sedation. He goes down quick with the slightest bit. She said okay. She said she gave him a really low dose but he was doped up beyond all get out. At first the vet stuent with her tried, and she kept pushing it down his airway. Finally the doctor tried for about 20 minutes but still could not get it. She said he was too sedated and wouldnt swallow for her. She then said "put him in a stall and watch him. I give up. There is another colic at south farm" and left!

After going on about how she HAD to tube him. I called equine at the vet school and voiced my concerns and they told me to watch him so that is what we did. We mixed salt with water and gatorade to encourage him to drink. He peed a lot and his gums became less tacky. He finally pooped a bit so I decided to come grab some rest. Going to head back out there in 3 or so hours to check on him again. I know he is not out of the woods yet. Hoping my regular vet will be back in town tomorrow. He called to stay updated which I really appreciated. I love him! Not a fan of the woman who came out today though :(

The whole thing just took me by surprise. It happened so dang quick
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post #23 of 32 Old 04-16-2013, 07:47 AM
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Hoping you find a stall full of poo piles this am........hoping he is better in spite of her. Grrr.

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post #24 of 32 Old 04-16-2013, 07:55 AM
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Still sending jingles and positive thoughts your way! I know you must be tired, but hang in there.
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post #25 of 32 Old 04-16-2013, 08:03 AM
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Hoping no news is good news. Lots of jingles for you.
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Hey all! Yes it is over and he passed through it! The barn workers who I both respect and love called me early this am around 6. I panicked thinking there was a problem but they said drifter was drinking, looking for hay (no food was around though) and playing with his jolly ball. There was also 3 more piles in with him this morning!

I cannot guess what happened to cause it. Nothing food wise had changed. The only big difference is he was in a private pasture rather than a stall, but he had been on at least 4-6 hours of grass even while stalled and had been on 24/7 grass before his stall. We added a small amount of ultium to his strategy yesterday because I am trying to wean him onto that, but it wasn't a huge amount and he usually does great with that kind of stuff. We had a little bit of a weather change so maybe that was it as well. Just wish I could know the cause for certain so that I can be sure to avoid it! Ha

Thank you all again HF family! You were wonderful. It was my first episode of colic with drift in the year and a half that I've owned him. It was scary
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Yay for you and Drifter!!!! One of my worst fears is a colic so I can only imagine how awful it was.
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post #28 of 32 Old 04-16-2013, 08:31 AM
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So glad he got through it and is on the mend.
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Glad he's better this morning. Colic is so scary....
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post #30 of 32 Old 04-16-2013, 08:37 AM
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Happy all is looking better!
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