So two days ago it was a randomly beautiful day, so I went to play with all the horses. The lady who boards my horse also has 6 of her own, and told me to feel free to exercise them all whenever I wanted to. They were all seeming frisky, so I stuck them in this long flat pasture area and chased them all around with my lunge whip. They were all having so much fun and were running back and forth with little effort on my side.
After that, I let them cool down and made sure they kept walking for a few minutes. Then I pulled my horse out and tacked her up to ride. We went for a nice half hour ride around the pasture trotting mostly, with a little slow cantering. Plenty of cooldown.
After that I untacked her, brushed her, and then went to get a little grain as a treat for working so hard and being a little angel all day. She ate the grain right up as usual. I left her tied while I put all my stuff away, and then I put her back in her dry lot where the round bale is. She rolled, which was normal, because what horse doesn't roll when they're looking fabulous?
Then I went to grab the other horses to put them back in their dry lots, and as I was walking past, I noticed Lakota laying in her hay, and I thought "that's strange"
I quickly put the horses away and grabbed her and she had gotten up and was walking towards me at that point. I put her halter on and pulled her out of her dry lot and listened to her stomach. No sounds at all. Although I've been riding my whole life, this is my first horse that I've owned, so all things health related are new learning experiences for me. I always knew that colic was bad and wanted to make sure I knew what all the signs were. I knew that no gut sounds was bad. And her stomach felt tight and hard like a rock.
So I walked her around for a while and she seemed to be ok, but I wanted to keep an eye on her so I put her in her stall so I could clean out all the other stalls. She was trying to lay down again, so I stopped her and tied her up instead. I cleaned all the stalls, checking her often, and noticed that she kept stretching out like she was going to pee, but never actually peed.
My BO showed up and I told her about what was going on, so she listened and felt around and said she thinks she might be colicing, but to keep walking around and watching her and see what happens for now.
(I guess a month ago, she did this same thing, and the BO walked her around for 20 minutes and then she was fine)
She did some acupressure stuff on her and said she started hearing some gut sounds, but not as much as should be there. We left her tied for about 2 minutes before she started kicking and biting at her stomach. I remember those also being signs of colic, so I started walking her around and called the vet.
In the 30 minutes it took the vet to get there, I kept walking her around, and she would just lay down on the ground while we were walking. So here I am pulling on this horse and yelling at her to get up (I'm 5'0 and weigh a little over 100 pounds, so my force vs. a horse is not much) but she did get up. We walked until the vet got there, and then she got a shot of an anti-inflammatory that I cannot remember the name of but started with a b (not bute).
The vet ended up threading a tube down her nose and into her stomach and sucking out gas, and pumping in mineral oil. After that I spent 2 more hours walking her around waiting for her to feel better. By this time, it's dark and under 30 degrees and I hadn't eaten all day because I'm stupid.
By the time Lakota was back to normal, I had been out there for 7 hours and was sunburned and cold and hungry and tired...BUT! My horse is ok. The vet said I caught it early enough and did all the right things to make for a positive outcome.
I'm so glad I educated myself about this and knew what to do. I'm so glad that I was able to recognize that something wasn't right immediately. Mostly, I'm so glad she's ok.
The vet said it was most likely sand buildup in the gut, or eggs from worms that weren't killed with the ivermectin. I gave her a dose of Quest, per vet request yesterday, and I'm doing the "sand test" to see if I need to give her anything else.
Hopefully she'll not do this again.