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    10-24-2009, 05:55 PM
Need help asap

My sister's horse is acting strange. I have seen colic before but she isn't really kicking at her stomach she keeps curling her lip up, her breathing rate is 56 bpm.She keeps trying to lay down upright but then she lays her head in a very uncomfortable position. Gave her Bandamine and some electrolytes any clue what the problem may be.
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    10-24-2009, 05:58 PM
Call the Vet, don't wait for forum answer...
    10-24-2009, 06:07 PM
If it was me I would but this is my sister's horse and I can't make her. SO I am doing what I can to help.
    10-24-2009, 06:20 PM
Green Broke
If the horse is colicing, and you have already given her banamine to no avail, then there is nothing more you can do if you can't call the vet.

I would strongly caution your sister in her choices with colic. It can be fatal
    10-24-2009, 06:23 PM
I would call the Vet - sounds like colic symptoms - certainly something is making her uncomfortable - maybe gas colic, not impaction, but a Vet would know what should be done. You sure don't want an impaction to go unattended. My horse exhibited similar symptoms and it turned out that he has an ulcer - which needs to be treated. Banamine could mask something serious and even cause your Vet to misdiagnose the problem.
I know the horse is your sister's, but either way, that would be my advice.
I hope all goes well for the horse! Good luck.....
    10-24-2009, 06:30 PM
Thanks, she appears a little better right now but of course she has had bandamine which is kicking in. I believe it was colic but I am unsure how severe. She stated she went for a ride and her horse got sweaty and when she returned she started acting weird. She started a new kind of grain - unsure if it was given before or after she rode. She states that she pooped when she first came in the stall. But there wasn't gut sounds, she was sensitive when you pushed on her gut, she keep curling her lip up and was breathing quite heavily. She feels she is fine now because she is playing with her water and nibbling on a little hay. So hopefully she is but I can't tell her differently (younger sister syndrome)
    10-24-2009, 06:31 PM
Green Broke
If she got over it that quick and without that many complications then it was probably a very mild colic.

Glad to hear she is ok! Props to you for keeping Banamine handy
    10-24-2009, 07:11 PM
Umm. A vet call is free. I would have called my vet and asked what she thought. Its irresponsible to ask for advice on the internet instead of consulting a vet. You don't have to ask them to come out, just talk to them!
    10-24-2009, 07:57 PM
Again it wasn't my horse, while I was searching through my vet books to ensure that it wasn't anything else, I figure I would type as people were on the forum. I would have called a vet but that was a decision my sister had to do not I. Do I agree yes, but sadly I probably got a quicker response from this forum then I would from a vet, you call the office get a person they then have to beep a vet by the time they call it could be 15 min at best to 30. So the waiting game can be tough so the forum was useful.
I have learned after many years of having vets come out and give Banadmine to our horses that it was definitely worthwhile to have one on hand and let me say it has saved mine and my family's butt more then once. Thanks to everyone for your help.
    10-25-2009, 02:26 AM
She was most likely tieing up. Does she ride this horse often?

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