Prolapsed Rectum

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    07-19-2012, 07:11 PM
Unhappy Prolapsed Rectum

Hi Guys,

Recently I've started looking at a horse for sale who I really like. I really seem to click with him, and he's the first horse that I feel I've bonded with since my Heart Horse passed away.

The only problem is, I've just found out that a while ago (I'm not sure how long it was, but I think it was a few years ago) his rectum prolapsed (in layman's terms, basically his insides stated to come out of his bottom!) Apparently he coliced and then suddenly he prolapsed; apparently he was touch and go (although I don't know how exaggerated this is, as this is info from an ex-exerciser who worked there, who didn't leave on perfect terms). The vet at the time said that there wasn't a reason he prolapsed (although I thought the colic would have triggered it, but I'm not an expert) It's one of those things that could happen again I think. Do you think a good diet and exercise (not too strenuous) would keep him out of harms way?

So, my question is,
-Do I dare buy him, with a chance it could happen again?
-Has anybody lived with a horse who suffer(s/ed) with this problem

It's a pickle, if he didn't have this problem, I'd buy him in a heart beat. If it was a horse that wasn't as nice as him, I would almost definitely turn him down. My heart is saying get him, he's lovely. My brain is worrying that he could get sick again.

I am going to get him vet checked anyway, but I want all your opinions, and any way of dealing/coping with a horse who has/had this problem.

Thanks everyone,

PS I understand that if I did get him, insurance is a must, I understand that completely.
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    07-19-2012, 07:17 PM
That sounds very uncomfortable and possibly painful...

I don't have any experience with that sort of thing, but I hope it works out and you find the information you need.
    07-19-2012, 07:23 PM
Thanks Reno, it have been extremely painful for him, which is why I'm so worried. I'm going to talk to MY vet ASAP and see what she says, hopefully I'll be able to talk to the senior vet, she is incredible. Urgh, I'm having such a dilemma, I really like him, but I'm so worried he'll get sick :/
    07-19-2012, 07:27 PM
I would be curious just how much "proplaped"... if it really did.

Cattle prolapse rectums and utereous and do fine, horses prolapsing not so much. You see it more in mare when they are in labor.
Wonder if the passed down information is real? What about vet records for this horse? Can you obtain them?
I would talk to your vet and ask questions.
    07-19-2012, 10:39 PM
Originally Posted by wyominggrandma    
I would be curious just how much "proplaped"... if it really did.

Cattle prolapse rectums and utereous and do fine, horses prolapsing not so much. You see it more in mare when they are in labor.
Wonder if the passed down information is real? What about vet records for this horse? Can you obtain them?
I would talk to your vet and ask questions.
Cattle "do fine" meaning they deliver the calf and get it to weaning. Most uterine prolapses will happen again so we usually beef cows with this problem after weaning. Similarly with rectums. I'll also point out that cattle are far from performance animals in the way that horses are.

To the OP, if it has been in place for a number of years, relapse is unlikely except in the even of another colic. I second trying to get the vet records and I wouldn't necessarily rule the horse out because of a prolapse in his history.
    07-20-2012, 06:33 PM
Thank you for your replies guys. I've known sheep to bounce back from prolapse, but I've never met a horse with something like this, which is why it worried me. I'm not sure if I'll be able to get hold of his old records, but I should be able to find out when it happened, and when my vet checks him, ask how likely it is to happen again, and some other tips.
Anyone have some ideas to prevent colic (diet, exercises etc?)As I'm sure that this was the trigger, as it happened the same day he coliced (not exactly a coincidence in my opinion, although, like I said, not an expert) I'm going over tomorrow, I'm going to speak to the YO.

Thanks again for your comments guys, happy for more info, tips and experiences
    07-20-2012, 09:53 PM
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I would not touch him with someone elses' 10 foot pole.
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    07-21-2012, 11:47 AM
Please update us on the vets diagnosis/prognosis.
    07-21-2012, 11:54 AM
If you do get him, I would suggest stabling him on 24/7 pastureboard. You really do not want him colicing again. It is virtually unheard of for a pasture horse (on a decent amount of land with adequate water and food) to colic, where as it is pretty common with a lot of stabled horses.
    07-21-2012, 03:48 PM
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The problem with prolapses, either vaginal or rectal, is that if they happen once, all the connective tissue is either weakened or torn and even if they have been surgically repaired, they are always more prone to do it again.

This is why ewes or cows that prolapse usually raise THAT calf or set of lambs and then earn a trip to the sale-barn.

Most horses get infections, become septic and die if they prolapse. This is one of the few that lived. I would not touch him. You are begging for Vet bills and heartaches. It is difficult enough to keep one healthy in a boarding situation. Buying one with 'baggage' is just not the way to keep expensive and heart-breaking problems to a minimum.
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