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post #1 of 4 Old 09-23-2011, 09:02 PM Thread Starter
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Gas Colic Prone Horse

My mare coliced today.
I gave her some banamine as soon as I noticed the problem, and she was feeling better in about 30 minutes. She was very bloated especially by her flanks, and passed a lot of gas while I walked her. Eventually, she was feeling better, and I got her to eat some psyllium, but she didn't poop until almost an hour later.

I've been trying to get her to drink more water as I'm pretty sure that's the problem. She has access to a salt and mineral block- she never touches it. For a while, I was just sprinkling some salt in her grain, and she was fine- no more gas problems. But I had a really hard time getting her to eat it plus all her food. She's VERY picky about what's in her grain. So I'm wondering if there's a specific supplement (hopefully a pellet) or something that would help?

It may also be this new grain I've been buying since April. It's called Heinold Steeplechase, and the mill is about 20 minutes from the barn.
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She has access to grass for about 2-3 hours every other day or so. Otherwise, she's outside in a dirt paddock eating grass hay. For the most part, she has lived at this stable for most of her life, and she's 14 years old. Her being prone to this has only started a couple months ago. Otherwise, she has never coliced before that at least since I've owned her, and I've owned her for nearly 8 years. Every horse at the stable gets psyllium added to their grain for 4 days of every month since they basically live 24/7 on dirt/sand.
The vet is coming out on Monday to look at her, and to float her teeth.

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post #2 of 4 Old 09-24-2011, 01:30 AM
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You should never give banamine to a colicky horse, no matter the circumstances, unless the vet has specifically advised you to do so. It can mask symptoms, giving the appearance of recovery, until it's too late.

Odd symptoms starting all of a sudden....sounds like you have plenty of questions to keep the vet occupied on Monday.
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I would contact Smartpak, they can really guide you and advise you. When my TB gelding ended up with a horrible case of colic in his ceacum *sp* where it was pretty darn tootin' close to the D word colic.

If he hadn't of laid down in his stall after hours apon hours of trying to relieve him, he wouldn't be with us today. Due to he collapsing in his stall due to exhaustion, his body pressure pushed all that gas out, which saved his patootie.

After that happened, my vet highly encouraged me to get him on a supplement, and that supplement was SmartDigest Ultra - which you can get in pellets *my TB is a very, very picky eater* and also SmartGut Pellets, then weeded him off of that and then onto TractGuard.

What caused the Colic, were ulcers due to lack of feed in his stomache and stress due to worrying about when he was going to be fed. When he was scoped, the vet found ulcers not only in his stomache, but in his GI tract.

I would have a serious look at her feeding program, and how much roughage she has in her stomache throughout the day. Horses must have continuous access to roughage, because that is how they designed...their systems require it in order to run and maintain at a healthy stage. The less, means more trouble you're going to encounter. I would have her scoped, to find out whether ulcers are the root problem to her colic as well.

When my boy coliced, we were at a barn where he was not being fed accordingly, which led to the ulcers, which led to the colic. We are now at a facility where he is out 24/7, out in a pasture/paddock, with round bales where he has consistant and continuous access to roughage, and also being fed 3x a day - I've been able to weed him off of the supplements all together, since he now has constant and continuous access to roughage, which allows his system to run as it was meant to. No more ulcers, massive weight gain *he went from a 48" girth to a 54" girth* and I have a healthy, happy horse.

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Agree with above posts. Not only can Banamine, bute, etc mask symptoms, but they can cause ulcers & gastric damage, which can cause colic.

Gas colic can be due to hind gut acidosis and yes, considering that feed, that is corn, wheat, & molasses, that could well be the culprit. Horses don't do well on rich, starchy feeds. If your horse is in hard work & you feel the need to feed grains, corn is particularly high NSC so should be avoided, and molasses is best kept as an occasional treat.

Also depends how you feed. Horses need to be fed little & often, especially for rich feeds & if the meals are large &/or infrequent - should be at least 3x daily - this increases the likelihood & degree of probs it can cause. Also pellets don't promote chewing or therefore saliva, which can help reduce acid build up, so make sure if feeding pellets, they're fed with roughage - chaff or such.
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