Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Central Texas, easily mistaken for a big bowl of dust!!
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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