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post #1 of 5 Old 10-16-2007, 02:29 PM Thread Starter
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My Colic Surgery Story

This past weekend our mama mare started showing signs of colic when we went out to feed. Our normal routine on weekends is to feed and then leave to take our daughter to the barn for her lesson. We usually save the cleaning for later. This time, we had plenty of time so we cleaned after feeding. I started to notice her pawing a little and it got progressively worse. We called the vet and by the time she got here the mare was buckling at the knees. We had to rush her to the hospital. She had gone down in the trailer and we couldn't get her up. I had to back the trailer up to the hospital's bay doors and they attached hobbles around her feet and chained them to a pole inside the clinic. Then I had to pull the truck and trailer forward so that she was slowly dragged out of the trailer. Horrible. If we hadn't had insurance on her, she wouldn't be here today. I was ready to put her down and put her out of her misery, but the insurance co. said we had to do the surgery. We got to watch the surgery from the window and it was the most amazing thing. She had a twist in her colon and we saw them untwist it, take the whole thing out and slit it open and snake it out just like Roto Rooter!! The vet said it was actually the best case of a colon torsion he's seen. We were lucky to catch it early. The mare is doing fine and will probably come home on Thursday. I think it's absolutely incredible that she can have such an invasive surgery and be up and walking around the same day.

Her poor baby. This happened on her 5-month birthday. We were going to start weaning her slowly this weekend, but it turns out we had to do it cold turkey. She was pretty upset that first day, but now she's doing fine. It probably helps that she has two other horses to keep her company.

Well, that's my story. We've had horses colic before, but none have had to have surgery.
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post #2 of 5 Old 10-16-2007, 02:46 PM
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Its great that you have a facility so close that can do that kind of surgery.
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post #3 of 5 Old 10-16-2007, 05:41 PM
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your one of the lucky ones, we had 2 horses go down on us in one month and sent the horses for surgery to a horse vet hospital south of montreal, both of them didn't return, after that our horses where shipped in to ontario for surgeries.
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post #4 of 5 Old 10-16-2007, 05:48 PM Thread Starter
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Yes, we're lucky. The hospital is literally less than 10 minutes away. We are in the middle of the city so we don't have to go far for anything. Things will be different when we move next year. We'll be out in the country, but we'll be only an hour away from Texas A&M, which has an exceptional equine facility.
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post #5 of 5 Old 10-16-2007, 07:45 PM
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Wow, facinating story. Its awful that your mare had a twisted gut but the surgery had to be interesting to watch. I got to see a cesarean on a cow years ago, that was pretty cool to watch. Guess I should have been a veteranarian :) Hope your baby is adjusting ok, and your heart has returned to a normal beat

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