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        05-20-2008, 01:39 PM
    Yeah, I'm so happy he is okay,
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        05-20-2008, 03:39 PM
    In a way I am kind of glad this happened. I know now that I was totally un prepared for this and should have been. Though its not something that a cold compress can fix, I didn't have a good game plan together for "what if". All we did know is that if he would have to require surgery we would have to put him down. I do know that I am super blessed to have friends like you guys and a great vet that handed me off to another vet to take care of this. I had never even talked to my original vet about surgery or colic, I had always figured that he would be there for us. I strongly suggest that you talk to your vet and ask him who he would recomend if he were unavailable or if he didn't do these types of problems. The 2 hours we waited to untill the vet arrived were incredibly stressful for us. We didn't really know what to do for the horse. I looked it up on line and went from there. I called my farrier and God bless that woman! She was a calm voice in the middle of a storm! She even asked if there was anything she could do and offered up her betamine(sp?) (pain killer) if the vet recomeded giving him some. The "new" vet was awesome. He was calm and good natured, he was patient with a sometimes difficult Dumas(Dumas is head shy) I am super happy to tell you all that Dumas is doing really well today. I think this also made Dumas realize that he can trust us more. I don't know if a horse can rationalize help but he is very lovey today which is kind of out of character for him. He seems to really want to be with us. I believe we did the right thing for us and the horse. We caught it very early though. Thanks again everyone! Although we never really see each other I know you were thinking of us and I know there is a real person on the other end of these keys that was caring for us. Thanks!
        05-20-2008, 03:56 PM
    Great to hear he's fine!!

    P.S. I think lots of us rather unprepared to see the horse in colic situation. Even if you know what you are facing it's still very-very sacry and just drives your mind away.
        05-20-2008, 04:07 PM
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    It sounds like you did ok to me. You were sane enough to find help. By the way, it might be a good idea for you to buy a tube of banamine to keep on hand. It really is an awful feeling ... waiting for the vet .. isn't it?
        05-20-2008, 04:20 PM
    I'm glad Dumas is making a good recovery too! It seems like you handled it quite well. I don't think any one really wants to think about the unexpected, but we do all have to. (i really have to start knowing about when to catch things and when to call the vet if we ever get a house to move the horses onto)

    I think animals can rationalize what happened. I'm sure all what Dumas knew was that his tummy hurt him and then he got help from some very nice people.
    My mom's dog, whom we rescued from a kill shelter, is just so loving and thankful for everything he has (he was abused and was found running loose by train tracks. His coat was all matted) But now he is just the happiest dog in the world.

    This might have been what you and dumas needed to realize that he's a wonderful horse (not that you didn't know that already, but I know you were getting frustrated with him and had thoughts on selling him). I wish you, your family, Dumas and Twister the best!
        05-20-2008, 04:29 PM
    *breathing huge sigh of relief* You bet we are out there on the other side of the computer screen for you. My husband and I even discussed Dumas' condition today. I was hoping when I logged on you would have posted a great recovery :)
        05-20-2008, 04:54 PM
    That's great! Thank you for keeping us updated!
        05-20-2008, 05:11 PM
    Really glad Dumas is better.

    I believe all animals can rationalize and that something good came from his "close call". Dumas learned that he can trust his "people" -especially when he's hurting.
        05-20-2008, 06:48 PM
    OMG I missed this thread! DUmas- I know how scary it is! When my horse colicked a couple of months ago, we also realized how unprepared we were! Luckily we have horse people all around us because our vet doesn't make house calls. In a matter of an hour we had 10 people at our house all trying to help at 2:00 in the morning. If it wasn't for them we would've lost him it was so bad. We kept him stable until we could get him to the vet the next day. He had a mild impaction caused by sand. Although Slick is normally a very affectionate horse, he was even more so for a week afterwards. He was very needy and clingy, so to answer your questions, yes, I think they can rationalize it!

    Thank goodness he's ok! Here's to a speedy recovery!
        05-20-2008, 08:09 PM
    Yay!! Glad he's better. Whew...yeah, I know what you mean- sometimes we don't prepare for the unexpected. :) We're learning all the time.

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