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post #1 of 19 Old 07-13-2012, 03:11 PM Thread Starter
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Neighbor's horse is colicing, and no one is home

I was watering my baby orchard this mornibg and noticed that my neighbors horse is colicing. I rang their doorbell and no one is home.

When I was finished watering the horse was worse, alternatly laying flat and rolling, up and down several times.

I came home to get some banamine and I have it in my hand. Would you give it to your neighbors horse?

I know she loves her horses, but I do not really know her.
We have only talked briefly when I water my trees.

I guess I need to go in the paddock and check the capillary refill time and listen for gut sounds.

What would you do?
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post #2 of 19 Old 07-13-2012, 03:18 PM
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I would hand walk the horse to keep it from rolling. I wouldn't give it any medication without the owner being there, but I am sure she would appreciate you keeping the horse company and keeping it from rolling till she gets home.

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I have walked it for about 25 min then went to get the banamine at my work, when I checked on him on the way back he was up and standing, he did look better. I did not check for gut sounds and cap refill. Came home to get lunch, and to write this, I sure hope neighbor is home when I go look at him in about 20 min.
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I agree, I wouldn't give a strange horse any form of medicine because you don't know if they have a sensitivity to it or if they are on another medicine that would react with it.

I would probably try to put a halter on the horse and keep it from rolling while trying to find a way to contact the owner. Do you know where they work? Do you know which vet they use?

All legal issues aside, if I couldn't contact the owner and the horse was getting worse, I would probably call my own vet out to see it.

Also, just to be on the safe side in the future, it probably wouldn't be a bad idea to exchange home/cell/work phone numbers so if it ever happens again (or if it happens to one of yours when you're not home).

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I cannot believe I do not know her cell #. She is retired and does not work, I found that out from another neighbor that I asked if they knew her # or where she worked.

I know I should not give meds but I really want to.

I am going to check on it now.
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I agree, I wouldn't give a strange horse any form of medicine because you don't know if they have a sensitivity to it or if they are on another medicine that would react with it.

I would probably try to put a halter on the horse and keep it from rolling while trying to find a way to contact the owner. Do you know where they work? Do you know which vet they use?

All legal issues aside, if I couldn't contact the owner and the horse was getting worse, I would probably call my own vet out to see it.

Also, just to be on the safe side in the future, it probably wouldn't be a bad idea to exchange home/cell/work phone numbers so if it ever happens again (or if it happens to one of yours when you're not home).
I agree completely. The last part is a great plan. My neighbors (well at least the ones I like and they do have one horse) have all of the possible ways to contact me, my husband and my mom. I've also given them (neighbors and my mom) authorization on file with my vet for emergency farm calls should they not be able to contact me. I'd rather have a vet bill that wasn't necessary than a sick, injured (or worse) horse because I couldn't be reached.

They also have a folder with all of my gang's info in it, that way if there are any allergies or special circumstances they know what can be done or what can't.

Hope all turns out okay Taffy. Please keep us updated!

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That's a tough one. I remember a few years ago I drove past my neighbors house on my way out and her TB was laying in the field but it was an older horse and a pretty day so I thought... Nap Time! When I came back that evening the vet was there and a crowd of people. I asked my other neighbor if the horse had coliced and I felt so bad. My other neighbor was like, yeah... it's been rolling around and thrashing all day - I knew it was in trouble since this morning.

I remember asking WHY did you not call the owner? He said, "ain't my horse"...

Really? If I had realized the horse was colicing I'd have stopped. I really would have! I felt so bad for the women. It was a 32 year old horse that she'd had forever....

She lost it... :(

I think it's commendable that you are trying to help in anyway and I am certain she will appreciate whatever effort.

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My neighbors horse colicked once when they were not home. This was many many years ago and I really didn't know much but it was exceedingly obvious. I ran into their barn to grab a halter and lead, saw their vets number posted on the wall and called him. I described the symptoms and he said yup, sounds like colic, be right there.

They came over a day or two later to thank me. Now, having said that, if I'd gotten it wrong I would've had to pay for an emergency call I'm sure.

But I'm sure you know the signs Taffy. Do you think a vet call would be out of order?
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The neighbor is still not home. I walked the horse for about 20 min.
The horse has gut sounds on the left but very few on the right side. His gums still look okay. His nostrils are faired and he seems to have an elevated respiration, but he is not rolling.

I came home to call my husband, a vet, but he no longer works on horses (only mine). He said that I could not give the horse Banamine, as for calling a vet he said if the horse gets worse we would cross that bridge when we come to it.
But under no circumstances should I give meds to the horse, doubly so with him being in the veterinary profession.
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I am going to call the big lequine vet clinic and see if she is a client of theirs. And see if they have a contact #.

If the horse gets worse I will call them out, but I sure do not want to get stuck with a $400 bill if she will not pay. But I will, because I can't sit back and watch the horse die. But the colic seems managable right now.

My husband did say, "would you want someone else treating your horse?"
I said, "Yes, if they know what they are doing."

Going back to see if she is home.
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