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post #1 of 18 Old 04-20-2012, 02:53 AM Thread Starter
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How quickly does colic and or founder usually happen?

So I got home today and as I drove past our top paddock I saw a lovely sight - my gelding and mini grazing peacefully next to each other. Nice, except that I have been keeping my mini in a taped off area in that paddock with hardly any grass! She was out in the long grass and I have no idea how long she had been in there. Straight away I moved her to the yard and checked for any injuries as he has been known to kick at her which is why I keep her separate and on no grass because she is quite fat! She has been charging around happily since then with no apparent lameness, should I be thinking that if anything was going to happen it would have happened by now? I'm sure she got to work pretty quickly and devoured A LOT of grass. I went down and checked the energizer - the batteries had gone flat Now I know why I should have spent an extra $150 and brought another solar powered one!
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A friend of mine down the road said that her little mini, if he gets too much grass, she can tell within hours or by morning that he is going to founder. I would hazard to think that it depends on the animal. How is his pulse's in his hooves? Do you feel any warmth at all?

I was VERY lucky last year when my draft mare got into the harness shed and ate 25lbs of chicken crumbles while my husband was asleep. He had forgotten to lock the door and thank god he knows the signs of colic as when he went out to feed in the morning, I was away and out of state, he immediately started to walk her and called our vet. Long story short after a 5 and a half day stay at one of our more state of the art, 24hr vet hospitals, she pulled through and I missed founder on her by hairs!

But, for about 4 weeks, I would go out and check her hooves often, feel them, look her over, watch her walk, etc. People must of thought I was nuts.
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So I got home today and as I drove past our top paddock I saw a lovely sight - my gelding and mini grazing peacefully next to each other. Nice, except that I have been keeping my mini in a taped off area in that paddock with hardly any grass! She was out in the long grass and I have no idea how long she had been in there. Straight away I moved her to the yard and checked for any injuries as he has been known to kick at her which is why I keep her separate and on no grass because she is quite fat! She has been charging around happily since then with no apparent lameness, should I be thinking that if anything was going to happen it would have happened by now? I'm sure she got to work pretty quickly and devoured A LOT of grass. I went down and checked the energizer - the batteries had gone flat Now I know why I should have spent an extra $150 and brought another solar powered one!
I think I would get some antihistamine from the vet and leave her on it for two or, three shots.
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I think I would get some antihistamine from the vet and leave her on it for two or, three shots.
What?????

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What?????
I think it is called anti-hist.

Not sure....it has been a while.
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^^^^^^^ was thinking whatttttttttttt also.
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I think it is called anti-hist.

Not sure....it has been a while.
Ok, I have used anti hist for allergies but please help me understand how this works for colic or founder??
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AntiHist

This if it but, I think for founder it was given in shots.

The vet would know.
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AntiHist

This if it but, I think for founder it was given in shots.

The vet would know.
WOW! This will be something I have to research! Hope I never have the problem but its nice to know. Thank you.
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Ok, I have used anti hist for allergies but please help me understand how this works for colic or founder??
Don't know how.

I know it works.

I remember reading a label from the box. (for the shots)

It said it was for "rotten food overload".

A neighbour had a gelding get out and eat over 50 pounds of sweet feed.
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