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post #1 of 8 Old 12-08-2012, 10:32 PM Thread Starter
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Need advice quick! Cronic cribbed/wind sucker, colic, and dehydration!

Background on my horse: coming 6, appendix quarter horse, gelding, I've owned him about two months. He's a chronic cribbed/wind sucker I've recently discovered. (having been out there so much lately doing chores I actually get to see what he does in him pen) as far as for the cribbing, I've tried a collar but it hasn't helped much. Is wind sucking different? He puts his teeth on the fence and sucks air in. This is why I think he coliced. I noticed on Wednesday I think he was being a little off when I fed him but I chalked it up to him not being handled much in the last week. I got a call the next day saying he was laying down/rolling/biting at his sides and immediately thought it was gas colic. We got some Bantamine (sp?) and gave it to him hoping he wouldn't try to lay down and roll as much if he didn't hurt. The whole time he was pawing & leaning on the rope trying to lay. Walked him from about 7 or 8 to 12 before we stalled him for the night. I slept on the couch and checked on him about every hour and he never went down again. I think the colic passed but he is MAJORLY dehydrated. He's always been hard to keep drinking but with this he's in bad shape because of it now. He's also dropped at least 75 pounds since Wednesday. We tried to get him fluids but it's going to be 320 bucks. (BO worked as a vet tech in a large animal vet for a year and can run them with the supplies) we are considering tubing him (as for colic but with water) does anyone have any other suggestions to make him drink or opinions on if something else is going on? Thank you. A vet will be where he is going tomorrow if nothing works tonight. Sorry I couldn't do paragraphs in the post, the phone won't let me!
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Add some flavour to his water - powdered Gatorage or other such, or apple juice. Something that will entice him to drink it.

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Okay, my farrier (who gave the the Banamine) suggested sugar or vanilla extract. I'm going to try that. Her vet from California where she worked said put him a stock and run a water hose up his boots. I'm skeptical, and he would be PISSED but has anyone ever done this as a was to rehydrate? I want to say I've heard something like this before.
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You can make him some soup out of pellets or complete feed.
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How's his salt intake? He needs access to free flowing salt as a lick will sore a horse's tongue and he won't ingest as much as he needs. Pickling salt works well for this with the addition of a little iodized salt, the kitchen variety. If you feed pellets, add a tbsp of salt at each feeding and slightly dampen and mix well. That will usually get them drinking. If you hang a water pail add a tbsp. of salt to that as well and mix. Do this for about a week but continue to make loose salt available. If you can't leave it be sure to offer it when you are there. Research is now looking that windsucking may be a means to allow a horse to burp. We may actually be hearing air coming out, not going in. It is also suspected that there may be a link to ulcers.
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When I have to rehabilitate sick parrots, I put pedialyte in their water. That way whatever little bit they do drink has much more hydration value to it.

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I have cut up carrots and thrown them in the water pail. Just cover them with about 4" of water to start. He'll slurp up some water which now tastes like carrots, while he's trying to get the carrots. Each day add another couple of cups of water. You may have to remain close by so he doesn't try to dump it.
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Offer him tepid water. Moisten his hay and sprinkle salt over it. Any feed wet only with some salt in it.
Why is he cribbing in the paddock. Does he have hay available? He might indeed have ulcers. Have him checked.
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