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post #1 of 16 Old 10-12-2013, 04:05 AM Thread Starter
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Pray for Belle...

Hey everyone,

I haven't posted for a while, but just wanted to let everyone know, my mare coliced tonight. I noticed tonight when I went to the barn to check on my horses, Belle hadn't touched much of her hay. All the horses at my boarding barn get fed around 4pm, It was 6pm when I got to the barn.

My first clue something wasn't right was when she didn't whinny for me likes he does every day. Then I noticed not much hay had been touched. I knew something was wrong. I checked hydration, wasn't too bad. Then listened for gut sounds, gut sounds were audible. Then I check gum color, still slightly pink. I decided to wait a bit as she wasn't acting painful or in any distress.

I checked on her again at 8pm, she was nibbling her hay, but still not her in your pocket personality. So, I decided to check her one more time tonight, that was 10:30pm. By now, I could tell she had been laying down, I saw no signs of fresh poo. I rechecked hydration, the snap test went back a little slower than normal, I rechecked gut sounds, still had gut sounds. Then I rechecked gum color, her gums were pale. Belle then decided she needed to lay down while I was checking her over. From those signs, I knew I needed to get the vet out stat! I could not let this progress to anything worse!

Called my usual vet, no answer. Called my second choice vet, no answer. Called another vet, no answer. Finally, got a hold of my original vet I used years ago. By now it was 11:30pm. Belle was acting more uncomfortable. Repeatedly laying down. Vet arrived around 12:30pm, checked her over and said she has gut sounds, her heart rate is normal, and she is getting pretty dehydrated. So banamine was given, fluids administered and now I am on poop watch. If she doesn't go poo by mid day tomorrow, I have to call the vet back out. The vet said Belle was his third colic call since 6pm. Stupid weather!

I'm not out of the woods just yet, but atleast I have started treatment early and hopefully avoided a nightmare! I want to thank everyone for your knowledge and education as I feel I have learned from examples. And always, always, go with your gut. When you know something is wrong, don't put it off till its too late. Always get the vet when you are in doubt about your horses health.

So, please say a prayer for Belle and I, and hope she makes a quick recovery. I will keep you all posted...
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post #2 of 16 Old 10-12-2013, 05:18 AM
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I hope she's okay /:
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post #3 of 16 Old 10-12-2013, 02:59 PM Thread Starter
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Well Belle was acting better first thing this morning, perky, and even whinnied at me. She had gone potty some this morning, just runny and watery. I cleaned her water bucket and offered her fresh clean water. By 11:00this morning, she still hasn't drank any water and is not seeming like she is feeling any better.

I called the vet to report what is going on, and he said to see about walking her around and see if she will poop. I put her in the walker for about 5 minutes and she pooped. It wasn't a huge pile, but atleast it was more formed this time, still soft however. Vet just wants me to keep checking her and see if she'll drink and poo more. We may need to give more fluids.

I am so stressed right now. I am at a loss of what to do next other than watch her closely.
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post #4 of 16 Old 10-12-2013, 04:18 PM Thread Starter
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Belle hasn't pooped anymore since a few hours ago. Still doesn't appear to be drinking, and she is still acting like she doesn't want to be bothered. My vet said to just watch closely and don't feed her until she passes more stool.

Anyone know what else I can do? Please help!
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post #5 of 16 Old 10-12-2013, 04:29 PM
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Trailer rides are suppose to help them poop too! I know it helped my horse.
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Trailering makes my mare poo like crazy!
Just the movement in general to help things jostle around in there
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post #7 of 16 Old 10-12-2013, 05:34 PM Thread Starter
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Just talked to the vet again for what feels like the zillionth time, he feels we need to get more fluids into her again. He is planning on coming back out around 5pm my time. That's about an hour and a half from now. This really sucks! I am so sick to my stomach with worry. I just want Belle to feel better!

Keep praying for her! She needs all the love and support to help her get through this.
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Question to the colic gurus: would a salt lick or loose salt be a good or bad thing to provide? Salt water in a syringe?

I know to prevent colic, salt can be a good device to keep the drinking process rolling... What about once symptoms start?

Sorry for your current troubles, Strings.
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Keeping you both close in my prayers~
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post #10 of 16 Old 10-12-2013, 05:47 PM
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Having the vet back out is a good idea.
Did he oil her on the first visit? Loose stool often is an indication of an impaction because only the loose stuff can get through around the impaction.
I wish you & her luck.
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