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    08-17-2009, 08:10 PM
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Last night around 9 I was called out to the barn beacause the farm owner noticed that my horse was not eating or drinking. So we walked her around for a while gave her sadation and she pooped and peed but she still wasnt eating or drinking and she looked very uncomfortable, so at 3:00 in morning after walking her all night we take her to Peterson and Smith( a equine hospital). We arrived there around 5 and they tubed her and then gave her sadation. After that we left and when we almost got home we were called to come back because they were going to do an emergency surgery because she was in so much pain, so we came back and they found what was wrong, it was a sand inpaction! There was propbably 4-5 cups of sand in her gut. She is in green pastures, and has a paddock next to her stall and gets desanded every month. The doc told us to give her oats and a gallon of oil every month to clean out her system, they do not reccomend desander becasue how much you feed your horse is how much comes out.Tinker is doing much better she woke up around 3 pm and is very hungry! She will be there for about 4-5 days, and then we have to keep her in a stall for 2 weeks then she is fine. Good thing she is insured! Here are some pictures of the surgery!

this is the sand from her gut, this is not all of it!

This is her after
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    08-17-2009, 08:20 PM
Wow, those are some amazing pictures! (Sorry, it's the future vet in me. XD). I'm so glad she's all right, though. :)
    08-17-2009, 08:27 PM
I'm glad she's ok. My friend's horse was put down in November because of sand colic. I'm with Kura though, great pictures. I'm trying to get into vet school. =]

I actually just bought some sand-rid stuff today. O_O
    08-17-2009, 09:05 PM
Wonderfully informative pictures. And the sand -- wow.

She looks very stable in her hospital stall. That's definitely what insurance is for. I wish her a healthy, speedy recovery.

I wonder where she got the sand from though? How old is she? Did the vet give any advice how to prevent this from happening again?
    08-17-2009, 09:20 PM
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Poor thing. I've dealt with sand colic on and on for years but never to that extent. Very scary. Glad things are looking up.
    08-17-2009, 09:58 PM
We think from the patures overtime and the paddock from her stall it's all sand and she eats her alfalfa to bits, the doc said to do a gallon of oil and bran every month to clean it out of her system.
    08-17-2009, 11:28 PM
Oil and bran, hmm? Anyone else tried this? Maybe I should add it to my girls' diets because they are on full time pasture and right about now, some of it is pretty thin.
    08-17-2009, 11:33 PM
Awww I have those same pictures when my horse had surgery back in May! I am so glad your horse will be fine in the end. I just started being able to get my horse back into shape, he didnt have sand colic but he had 2 ft of his intestine that had to be removed =( but he is doing good now. He still has some bad days tho, but it was a major surgery.

What else does the vet recommend that you do to prevent the sand colic?
    08-17-2009, 11:55 PM
I live in the south, our soil is very sandy. We routinely feed Sand Blast or you can use plain ole Metamucil (get the Walmart brand, it's much cheaper). It binds with the sand in the intestine and helps remove it.

I'm sorry your horse had to go through this. I hope she'll be okay. Did they have to remove any of her intestines?
    08-18-2009, 01:10 AM
Originally Posted by 7Ponies    
I live in the south, our soil is very sandy. We routinely feed Sand Blast or you can use plain ole Metamucil (get the Walmart brand, it's much cheaper). It binds with the sand in the intestine and helps remove it.

I'm sorry your horse had to go through this. I hope she'll be okay. Did they have to remove any of her intestines?
Uhh I don't think so, I just remember them throwing down somthing that looked like intestines it just was a little bit , I didnt know what it was.

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