11-17-2007, 11:38 PM
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You need to get Ala back up on his(her?) feet and try to walk him(her?) around. In it's current condition, that may be hard to do but it needs to be done. DO NOT just let it lay there.
If possible, one of the adults involved in this needs to get ahold of a Vet for help. And they need to do that perty-fast.
If that's not possible, once you get the horse on it's feet, give it a pint of mineral oil (you can buy it at a grocery store in a quart bottle) and afterwards, walk it around untill it has some sort of a bowel movement.
If you get it to walking around and if nothing has happened after a couple of hours goes by...... give it the other pint.
IF and WHEN it's condition improves, let it eat only small amounts of hay but do not give it any sort of feed. And be very carefull to make certain that it's hay AND it's drinking water is clean. Ya don't want the horse to take-in any dirt or sand.
Hopefully, the horse will be OK. If so, you'll still need to keep a close eye on it for a while.
Beings how Ala is new to you, you should also watch to see if he(she?) is a cribber. Cribbing often leads to colicing....So if that is part of the problem, you'll need to take some steps to prevent it from cribbing....or at least as much as possible.
Now here's the important part.......
I aint a Vet and I haven't seen your horse. The things I've mentioned are old "home remidies". As such, they are only things to try if ya can't get a Vet involved.
In any case, they are NOT a substitute for proper medical care.
No matter what, you still need to get a Vet involved in the care of Ala. And while your at it, check on the feasability of starting the horse on some sort of treatment-plan to address the arthritus. Arthritus aint uncommon in race horses. And it is treatable, often with great success.