Usually the vet will actually manually pull out as much poop as he can and then he will put several gallons of mineral oil down the horses nose and into his tummy....And of course give some banamine.
He did stick a tube up her nose & pump about 4 gallons of water into her stomach. He said to take her to the hospital, I was looking at about 5-7 thousand dollars to treat (hence the "thousands" I was talking about). To treat her intravenously would be about 1 to 2 thousand dollars (again, the "thousands" I do not have). He did stick his arm up her rump & said the impaction was like a solid wall of poop in there & offered me a glove to feel for myself (which I declined). I asked about using an enema with mineral oil & he said it was "too late for that". I did it after he left anyway.
Since he left, she has had a few rather large farts (forgive me for being blunt), but no poop yet. She did eat some really sloppy beet pulp & some soaked alfalfa, plus she drank a couple more gallons of water.
He also left me with enough Banamine for about 3 doses.
The most important thing with impaction is re-hydration
She does seem more hydrated than earlier. When I pinch her skin, it goes back flat very quickly. That was also why I asked about Pedialyte. Not being sure it was safe, I opted for Speedy Beet instead (which she ate).
Either you're telling a fib about having the vet out, or you have one of the worst, most incompetent, moronically stupid vets on the planet. I know which of those two options I'm leaning toward, and it's not that the vet is an idiot.
I am not a liar (as was implied earlier). I do feel that this particular vet is a bit on the high dollar side & wish there was another vet available to me. There is only one local equine vet. I think there are a few different Dr.s in that office, but it seems like he is the only one available whenever I call. What am I supposed to do? I came here for help, but it is difficult to find with so much hostility. Understandably, there may be those with greater experience and differing opinions, but one would think they could express that in a more constructive manner.
I spent the entire day by my mare's side & I am quite upset. It did not help to come back in to read flaming posts about it.