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post #1 of 26 Old 06-15-2011, 08:53 AM Thread Starter
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Unhappy HELP! Horse got loose in barn last night

My 4 year old mare got loose in the barn last night, god only knows how, and the grain barrel they have access to was locked, but some how she got the door open to the griss mill ( the owner of the barn has cattle up the road) There was some of the cattle feed laying around on the ground and on the top of the barrels around the grinder, she wouldn't have had a whole lot of that to eat, but they had a barrel of grain (strait oats) wide open there and she had full access to that. I'm not sure how much she ate. I lunged her for about 30 mins, nothing hard just a little trotting and walking. I left her inside today with her friend and took her bucket of water away and gave her lots of hay. I'm going to go back up to check on her later on. I was just wondering if I have done things right or if there is anything else I can do to help. I have a gallon of gut coat antacid in the barn that has never been open or used ( not really sure what its for it just came in a box lot that we had bought at an auction) would that be of any use. There is no real instructions on it so I wasn't sure.
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Not sure why you took her water away? What will that do other than cause an impaction colic.

I personally would be calling my vet.
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I was told that if she drank to much the grain would swell and cause her to collic, but I guess I was misinformed. Easy enough fix I will just give it back
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she hasn't colliced I just want to do whatever I can to prevent it
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she hasn't colliced I just want to do whatever I can to prevent it

Call the vet.
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First, don't give her some random, old antacid you got at an auction. Throw that away immediately. I can't believe you'd even keep it, much less think about giving it to your horse.

Second, give her as much water as she'll drink. Dehydration can cause impaction colic, so taking water away from her can bring on the very colic you're trying to avoid.

Third, she may not colic but she could founder from overeating. Making her exercise on top of the overeating could have jump started founder.

Fourth, it wouldn't hurt to give your vet a call and get an examination done on your mare.

Keep an eye on her for the next 24-48 hours, and check her feet periodically to make sure they're not hot. Hot feet are one of the signs of founder.

It's not only colic you have to worry about when a horse gets into a feed bin and gorges itself. Colic may be the least of your worries.

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thanks, heading to barn now
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Thanks to everyone for telling her about the water!! OMG, I can't believe the things some people tell people to do! Do these people who give advice that is not only dumb but DANGEROUS do it out of ignorance or are they PURPOSELY trying to cause a disaster??!!!

I am not blaming the OP, she only did what she'd been told....I DO blame those who give advice that is dangerous, whether out of ignorance or with evil intent. IT doesn't really matter, the end result is the same.


Also, check her hooves for heat, and check her digital pulse....if her hooves feel hot or if her digital pulse is noticeable, call your vet.

Does she get grain?

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Also, check her hooves for heat, and check her digital pulse....if her hooves feel hot or if her digital pulse is noticeable, call your vet.
For a 'normal' poster I would have suggested what you did. However, I suggested calling the vet as my only response since the OP appears to be rather fresh to the horse world. Better to have someone there in person to actually examine the horse instead of the OP running back and forth to his/her phone and trusting random strangers.

And in the case of us random strangers - we don't know the OP, the horse, etc.

Then there is that part of me that says you took water away and tried to give an antacid - are you trying to start a riot?
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mls, I have no problem with your advice to call the vet. I suppose you are right in that both the hoof heat and the digital pulse are not markers whereby to call the vet or not unless you are completely familiar with what is normal for your horse or know exactly what you are looking for.

In my case, because I have two really fat horses, I am very familiar with both normal hoof heat and where to take the digital pulse cause I do it quite often now that they are out on grass for 6 to 7 hours a day(the rest on dry lot) and both have weight issues, especially the draft.

That being said, while it is a good idea for this poster in particular NOT to base her decision to call a vet or not on heat/pulse..... it's always a good thing to learn. I encourage everyone to know what is normal for your horse as warm hooves can be normal....i..e. Our gray has coal black hooves, and they are usually warm on sunny days, sometimes very warm....while our draft has light tan hooves, and they are usually cool, even when it is sunny..... back to the point: all horse owners should know where and how to feel the digital pulse and know the normal feel of your horse's hooves....that way, if a problem comes up, you will know it is out of the norm. And take quick action by calling your vet.

But considering the circumstances of THIS case in particular....and the owner's age/experience/familiarity with normal for her horse...... I think having a vet do an exam would be a good idea. I don't disagree with mls on that
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