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    09-19-2012, 11:29 PM
He was holding his tail up very high (I know he's an Arabian. His tails always up but not like this). Could this be a sign of pain? He's just not himself at all. His ears were laying out flat. He has only colicked once. When he did he reacted violently. He was kicking badly. Swinging his head. So I don't think this is colick unless it's a different pain. But ya he won't put weight on that leg and it scares me especially since there's no swelling.
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    09-19-2012, 11:33 PM
I thought colic too when I first saw him. But he pooped right after I put the halter on. And then I saw him limping and colic kind of left my mind. But yes ill ask about the urinating thing. I'm about to go check on him again and make sure he's up. Thank you very much! I hope this is nothing serious. Hopefully he will pull through with no long lasting problems. Our friend is going to bring her trailer since it has dividers so he won't fall. Hopefully I can get him in the trailer.
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    09-19-2012, 11:40 PM
I went back out and won't eat anymore. He only ate maybe three bites of hay and a little nibble of feed. So I took the feed out and there's still hay in there but he won't eat.
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    09-19-2012, 11:56 PM
Originally Posted by hisangelonly    
I went back out and won't eat anymore. He only ate maybe three bites of hay and a little nibble of feed. So I took the feed out and there's still hay in there but he won't eat.
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Just to be on the safe side, why don't you pull all his feed for the night? If he's colicking or impacted he shouldn't eat anything. I'd leave his water but I'd take away all feed. Is he sweaty at all?

I keep coming back to colic because of the description you gave of holding his tail up and passing gas, if he's not a normally gassy horse, that sounds like colic. And the not wanting to move, pooping but it's kind of runny.....all kind of makes me think impaction colic.

Can you call a vet for phone advice to get you through the night? Do you have banamine or bute if he told you that it was ok to give it?
    09-20-2012, 12:07 AM
Is he drinking enough? I would think that you still need to make sure he is getting fluids in him even if he's colicing (someone correct me if you shouldn't do this, I'm not all that familiar with colics). If you have any feed that is somewhat sweet, you can put a small amount of it in a bucket full of water. This is the only way I can get my horse to drink when he's inside some days (he's picky and prefers the outside waters).
    09-20-2012, 12:19 AM
I'd definitely leave his water in his stall. I'd be very careful of putting any kind of feed into him though, if he's impacted it's just going to make it worse. If he's not drinking maybe some Gatorade or something like that added to his water would entice him. Just nothing solid.
    09-20-2012, 12:50 AM
I took the feed out. He wasn't eating. He's got plenty of water but he won't drink any. Normally he will drink water with Gatorade but now he won't. There's no vets around here on call. Well when he's normal he can be gassy sometimes. The only way for him to see a vet is if I take him in the morning. What would cause impaction? He gets fed three times a day. Same time each day. Always has fresh water. I don't work him an hour before or after he eats. Its crazy how he went from fine to scary so fast.
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    09-20-2012, 09:02 AM
I'm on my way to the vets. He still won't eat anything or drink. He's still walking very slow and doesn't want to move. He got in the trailer but slowly.
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    09-20-2012, 09:02 AM
Hope your boy gets better soon - I know it's scary when you don't know what is wrong - the not knowing is the WORST!
    09-20-2012, 09:03 AM
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Let us know how it goes!!! :(
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