I have never been through any kind of collic!!! Help

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  • Horse colic is pooping a good sign
  • How long does it take for a horse to poop after u give them mineral oil

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    12-13-2008, 03:48 AM
I have never been through any kind of collic!!! Help

I went out to lunge my horse because he was sore after his trim and now I guess he has slight collic going on!!! What the heck does that mean??? So I geuss 2 nights ago he didn't want to eat his food ( he finally did my BO said, she said she almost called me) so tonight not knowing any of this I lunged him to check out how sore he was and he had gotten better. So I brought him in and groomed him blanketed him and then gave him his feed because I knew the BO was coming out to feed anyway so I thought I would. Well after he ate he started acting weird, first he wouldn't take a treat, then he stretched his front legs out way in front of him (like he was going to pee) but he didn't then he started walking around just sniffing things. Then he stretched out again only much longer... Like a dog doing a playbow if you know what that is. Then he did a loud groan and pooped. Now he had also pooped when I had lunged him in the indoor. But both poops were dry looking. My BO thinks it might be a slight collic, my mom thinks maybe the ricebran I have him on for weight gain is giving him to much gas. I am so worried I can't sleep!!! I am going back out tomorrow but I don't know what to do???? I am calling the vets tomorrow but I just don't know help!!! I am scared!!!
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    12-13-2008, 04:02 AM
The best thing to do is call your vet and have them take a look since he has been colicing for a few days now. In the first instance that I see mine having impaction colics I give them mineral oil orally. If you do not know how to do then I would not suggest it as you can choke the horse. It is basically the same as giving dewormer but give it very slow and let the horse have a chance to swallow it. I would still call the vet, but this will help to lube things up and get them going again if it were the first day it had happened. The worst thing to do in colic is to wait to call the vet!!!
    12-13-2008, 04:11 AM
I totally would have called the vet after the first sign if my BO had called me the first day. She didn't say anything until she was in the barn with me and I told her what he had just done so I thought this was the first time he had done anything!!! Then she says she thinks he is not drinking enough because he is not getting enough salt. She has a salt block in the pasture and I offer him the free choice minerals that I think should be in his pasture evrey other day when I am out there. I just pray he is fine tonight till I can get ahold of my vet tomorrow!!
    12-13-2008, 04:12 AM
Peggysue are you out there??? I was wondering if a horse could be allergic to ricebran and if he could be extra gassy from that??/
    12-13-2008, 04:13 AM
When my mare colic twice here were her symptoms: touching her face to her belly as if to tell me it hurt, shoulders and neck went up into sweat within seconds of me lunging her, her nostrils were HUGE as if she ran 100 miles, wouldn't even take a step, and pawed the ground. Now when I had the vet out he told me if you can hear the stomach growling that's a good sign the intestine is moving and if your horse is pooping the intestinals aren't blocked, another good sign. If you believe your horse is colicky DO NOT let them drink or eat until you have a vet out you could do more damage! Some horses colic if they are worked hard then take a long drink right after. I hope this helps! Good luck!!

PS It sounds like your horse is Ok
    12-13-2008, 04:17 AM
I also would believe it is cold there right now, correct? This slows down the water intake a great deal especially if you get a semi warm day and then a cold night! If you can get ahold of some electrolytes and add those to his water in the winter it always seems to help mine to drink some more water so I do not run into impactions colics. Impactions are generally caused by the fact that the horse ate to much dry matter and not enough water to keep it moist going through the intestinal tract. I would definitely call the vet in the morning like you are planning. Why didn't your BO call when she thought he might be colicing? If I even think anyone's horse who is here is colicing, they get an immediate call from me and then if it is not severe I will wait till they get there and then call the vet and in the meantime I will administer the mineral oil if I believe it to be impactions colic(which is probably what your vet will do to your horse along with banamine or bute).

Horses can be allergic to anything, is the ricebran new to the diet or anything else?

Really dry poop that does not look shiny and wet is NOT OK. That means that there is something slowing down his intestinal tract that needs to be moved through and also that he needs to be drinking more water than what he is
    12-13-2008, 04:21 AM
If you do have a colicky horse Banamine paste is wonderful to have around. It is used just like a paste wormer and works in seconds!
    12-13-2008, 04:23 AM
Originally Posted by steph81285    
If you do have a colicky horse Banamine paste is wonderful to have around. It is used just like a paste wormer and works in seconds!
I agree, some vets will not sell it to you but if you are in good with your vet they will.
Like I said before, when my horses show the first sympton of impaction colic I immediately administer mineral oil and then follow up with banamine paste. When the vet comes I inform him of what has been done already so he doesn't give more of the banamine. He usually administers more mineral oil and then we walk around for about 30 minutes and see how things look from there.
    12-13-2008, 08:07 AM
I can't give any more advice than above but I will offer support. I'm sure that he will be okay. Get the vet out as soon as possible. Good luck and keep us updated.
    12-13-2008, 09:22 AM
Originally Posted by prbygenny    
Peggysue are you out there??? I was wondering if a horse could be allergic to ricebran and if he could be extra gassy from that??/
Horse can be allergic to anything... although that would not be my first guess

How much and how long has he been on the rice bran??

Do not give him any feed until you are sure the colic is over.... it actually sound like what my mare does when she chokes...

Add water to his feed ... but not electrolyets!! If possibel have your BO to use warm water... I put my in a thermos type cup and carry it to barn with me ....

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