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post #21 of 26 Old 01-24-2007, 12:01 PM Thread Starter
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No, the vet has not been out to check him.

No, I didn't treat him w/ mineral oil because I was told it was too late to tube him. I was told I needed to tube him 4-6 hours after he consumed the food.

Yes, he's still eating hay. I was told that was Ok to continue to do so.

Yes, from what I can tell. His bowels are moving Ok, but to me he still seems a little bloated.

He's eating & drinking Ok. Just his mood is different. He's usually chipper, pirky & playful. Now, he's just got the blahs, like he doesn't feel good.

He's walking fine. He doesn't seem to be in any pain while he's walking, no biting at his sides or bobbing his head. He was laying down yesterday, but once he heard me coming outside, he got up with no problems.
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post #22 of 26 Old 01-24-2007, 06:15 PM
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Get the vet out. Compared to a vet, this message board is useless.
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post #23 of 26 Old 01-25-2007, 12:08 AM
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Horses will do anything to relieve the pain of colic. As I said earlier, one of mine used to sit down like a dog. When Char, our alpha mare coliced, she ran the other 4 horses off from the food trough because she couldn't eat.

Long, slow walks also might help getting the bowels moving. Our vet said to take Char for walks after we got her home. We live on about 50 acres, so she got plenty of exercise. Even if you hear gut sounds, it might not be normal gut sounds. We heard gut sounds when Char coliced, but it wasn't as strong as they normally were.

I'd either take him in to a vet's office or if you're lucky enough, have a vet come out.
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post #24 of 26 Old 01-25-2007, 11:46 AM Thread Starter
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I had a vet assistant come out last nite to look at Charlie. She also owns 25 horses herself and knows her stuff. She brought along w/ her some banamine to give Charlie. She told me he didn't look like he was foundering at all and since it's been almost a week already, he would have already started showing some signs. She said it was a plus that Charlie was a big horse. She told me no more grain for a week, keep him up in the barn for a week, only feeding him hay. She checked out his hooves and they were not warm. What I think was still making him feel blah was that I was still feeding him grain. I was not told any different. But common sense told me to feed him only 1/2 a coffee can full instead of a full can.

I'm giving him bute & banamine for the next few days. I'll watch him after he's off his medicine & see how he does.

Thanks you guys!

Hey, I found out that Charlie has Appaloosa in him. The lady that came out last nite breeds them and Charlie has several traits of the Appaloosa's. She also felt that due to his size, he may have Walker in him too.
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post #25 of 26 Old 01-25-2007, 03:31 PM
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Good, I'm glad things are going well, Missi.
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post #26 of 26 Old 01-29-2007, 11:31 PM
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Signs of Founder

Originally Posted by Missi
What are the signs of founder?
What can be done?
There are a couple things that help indicate laminitis / founder. The obvious one is that you'll start to see your horse shift it's weight off of the problem foot/feet. Usually this is the front feet and they will stand with the front feet in front of the shoulder. It's an odd stance and you will notice it pretty quickly.

The other thing you can do is try to feel for the digital pulse. This is the pulse taken near the hoof, at the fetlock. Normally, this is pretty hard to detect. When laminitis is occurring (or close to occurring) this pulse will throb. There is an inside and outside digital pulse for each leg. If you ever get a throbbing digital pulse, call your vet immediately! If not founder, it is another hoof ailment that needs attention.

Information on founder and laminitis
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