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post #11 of 19 Old 07-13-2012, 05:47 PM Thread Starter
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I went to walk horse again, and the neighbor came home as I was walking the horse. I told her what was going on and she said it was the 6th time in 2 years that the horse had coliced, last one 2 months ago. And she was at her wits end.

I do not know what would have happened if I had called a vet, she said she didn’t want another $400 vet bill.

I gave her my banamine, but of course now from another thread on this forum, I told her to only give it orally or IV.

I now have her cell #. And hopefully this will never happen on my watch again.

The horse looks better, and I hope she doesn’t put him down because of this episode of colic, but she said, "it is just a matter of time till it is a bad case of colic, and what if I am not home".

She said the vets can’t figure out what the problem is with the horse.

Thanks for all your help, I am glad I do not have to make any decisions.
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post #12 of 19 Old 07-13-2012, 05:54 PM
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Yikes, what a horrible thing to have to deal with, a horse that colics so frequently.

He's not gray by chance, is he?

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No he is a cute little bay.
I usually think of chronic colic as a management problem, but the other horse, a grey, is fine.

Her hay seems good, horses in good weight, farrier out often, she feeds twice a day and her barn and stalls were immaculate, no pasture right now but then again who has any now. Not that those things mean anything but she seems like a very conscientious owner.

She said that the vets can't figure out what his problem is, so she has consulted them.

The guy is really cute; I just hope she doesn't make the final decision, over me telling her about a colic that looked like it had run its course anyway.
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That is my thought, too, that it might be a management problem. We all know that not all horses do well on the exact same routine care. Perhaps he has a sensitivity to something that she's feeding that the gray doesn't have. There is just no way to really know.

The reason I asked if he was gray is because I've heard of gray horses developing internal tumors that would cause them to colic frequently.

Either way, my thoughts go out to her that maybe he'll quit colicking and my thoughts go out to you that you hopefully won't have to deal with that again.

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That is my thought, too, that it might be a management problem. We all know that not all horses do well on the exact same routine care. Perhaps he has a sensitivity to something that she's feeding that the gray doesn't have. There is just no way to really know.

The reason I asked if he was gray is because I've heard of gray horses developing internal tumors that would cause them to colic frequently.

Either way, my thoughts go out to her that maybe he'll quit colicking and my thoughts go out to you that you hopefully won't have to deal with that again.
Thanks.
I am going to talk to her on my way to feed the horses at work this evening.
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I would ask if her Vet has treated him for sand. I have known several chronic horses that proved to have enough sand to get a bellyache but not enough for a complete blockage. One passed so much sand that his tail was red and you could feel all of the sand in it. These people bought him 2 years earlier from people that lived on red sand. He never coliced again.

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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.
If the person was not home and you couldn't contact them, I would definitely proceed with doing what Sophie said and walking the horse around. However, if the horse is clearly so serious to the point that it might die if you don't help it, and it is medicine or death, I would of course go for the meds. God bless ya for paying attention to this and wanting to help.

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I would ask if her Vet has treated him for sand. I have known several chronic horses that proved to have enough sand to get a bellyache but not enough for a complete blockage. One passed so much sand that his tail was red and you could feel all of the sand in it. These people bought him 2 years earlier from people that lived on red sand. He never coliced again.
I will mention Sand to her, I'm pretty sure she has had him for 5 or so years, and we don't have any sand here.

Interesting thought though feeling the manure, for texture.
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If the person was not home and you couldn't contact them, I would definitely proceed with doing what Sophie said and walking the horse around. However, if the horse is clearly so serious to the point that it might die if you don't help it, and it is medicine or death, I would of course go for the meds. God bless ya for paying attention to this and wanting to help.

That is what I was thinking, but my husband said the vetrinarians wife can't go around treating other peoples horses without permission.

I guess I see where he is comming from.
I am so glad it did not come to that.
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