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    09-19-2012, 06:18 PM
Know your horse

How well do you know your horse's mannerisms? Knowing my geldings' may have saved his life.
Short version:
He was not acting himself and did not care for the corn cob I had just given him. Thought he was colicing. He kept pawing at the ground, trying to roll, biting at his side and stretching out. Talked to the vet and gave him 10cc Banamine. He pooped twice in 45 minutes, but did not seem to get any relief. Acted like he wanted to pee but couldn't. Vet said give him Lasix. After 5cc, he peed 9 times in and hour. Still acted like he was hurting. Vet had several surgeries today, so could not get out until late. So wife ran to her office and got a muscle relaxer and heavy duty pain killer. Before she got home, he seemed to be doing a little better, drinking about 2 gallons of water and eating a little alfalfa.
Still got him tied in his stall so he can't roll, but he is eating and drinking.
If I had not known his normal mannerism and signs of problems, he may have been in serious condition.

PLEASE pay attention to your babies when they don't seem themselves.
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    09-20-2012, 12:08 AM
I sure hope he's doing better by now. I soooo know what you mean. I can tell one of mine is off at a distance in a 20 acre field. This "off" behavior has saved me from at least two cases of colic that could have gotten much more serious. It's like knowing your children. No doctor on this planet can argue with me when I see "the look" in one of my kids. Good luck with your boy and thank goodness you have constant close interaction with him. Do you know yet what it was exactly? Almost sounds like my symptoms during a urinary tract infection. I wonder if horses get those.
    09-20-2012, 01:30 AM
Hope your horse is ok -- just sending jingles.
    09-20-2012, 01:44 AM
Know what you mean. I can always tell when Brock is under the weather because he gets all affectionate and rests his head on my shoulder and looks doleful. Normally he's pretty aloof. Sure enough, he'll begin to show symptoms of whatever it is (usually manflu) within a dew hours.
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