Tonight I took my horse out to the large arena to walk him over poles. I just walked him on the lead line, wasn't riding. He is not a jumper, and walking over poles is intimidating for him, but we have been doing it a lot, and he has gotten very good at it. So I took him off of the lead rope and began walking him over the poles at each jump. At one jump, the display has fake flowers in a box. One of the flowers had fallen off and was on the ground by the pole. Vin sometimes stops to sniff the pole before he steps over it. This time he went to sniff, grabbed the flower immediately, which is when I saw it. I grabbed for it and he trotted off immediately. He knew EXACTLY what I was after and gobbled it up, then he realized he was in trouble for leaving my side. I snapped his lead rope back on and went through a few more exercises to make sure that we finished our time together with no doubt that I was in charge. This whole time, I am totally panicking in my head about the flower he swallowed. I texted the barn owner, and she as well as one of the hands assured me they will watch him closely overnight and tomorrow. I am just so sick about it, we were having such a great little practice, he was trusting and following commands, and now because of one little thing, we blew the whole "respect" thing by running off AND I am petrified that he is going to colic......of course, there is no question that if he shows any sign of distress the vet will be called ASAP. Has anyone else had any experience with a horse eating something small but indigestible?
Sorry for the long post