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  • Colic but "not rolling" or thrashing still and groaning not eating

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    07-14-2012, 11:29 PM
  #91
Foal
sand in poop

I looked at my feed that I use and it has beet pulp in it. I did check his poop today just to look and see it there was sand. There was very little in it but it looks like it has a lot of fiber in it. So I will check it again in the next few days to see how it looks.
     
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    07-15-2012, 04:50 PM
  #92
Foal
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Originally Posted by Terre    
I looked at my feed that I use and it has beet pulp in it. I did check his poop today just to look and see it there was sand. There was very little in it but it looks like it has a lot of fiber in it. So I will check it again in the next few days to see how it looks.
my 2 are totally opposite...my mare is a very picky eater and rarely eats anything off the ground except grass, so I usually see very small amounts of sand from her...my gelding on the other hand will pick up every little piece of leftover feed and hay from the ground...he on the other hand passes a larger amt of sand... so, it really depends on your pasture, and your horses habits, but sand in their poop is good...if you check it on a regular basis you will get used to what is "normal" for that horse, and if a problem arises you will catch it very early.... when one of mine "change" I will usually just add mineral oil to their feed for 3 or 4 days just in case... but my mare will not eat it unless I add apple juice also......
     
    08-11-2012, 02:13 AM
  #93
Weanling
Well... Roughly a month after our first colic incident, it looks like we are facing another... :(

Today when I went out to the barn where I am boarding I instantly noticed my poor mare pawing and splashing her water bucket. Right away I knew she had a belly ache.

I made her a mash of pellets, bran, and a full cup of psyllium. At first she wasn't at all interested and just continued pawing near the food, obviously in pain.

I then gave her a shot of Dipyrone to help her with the pain. Shortly after that kicked in she ate all of the mash that I had made for her.

With the pain meds in her system she was no longer pawing over the next 3 1/2 hours that I was there.

I'm at a loss for why she is colicing yet again. Did the sand not clear out the first time? Is it the extreme heat we have been having?

Prayers/thoughts/suggestions are all welcome!!!
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    08-11-2012, 03:08 PM
  #94
Weanling
Just an update... She ate her alfalfa this morning and half of her mash with psyllium. She is pawing a little but not as much so I didn't give her a shot.

Right now she is laying down peacefully not rolling or thrashing at all. She had two big cowpie bowel movements so now I'm just waiting and watching....
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    08-11-2012, 05:14 PM
  #95
Yearling
OMGosh,

I feel TERRIBLE that your horse AND YOU, of course, are both having to cope with this awful GI issue AGAIN--period--but SO SOON?? ARGGGHHHHH...
You poor things...I am praying for you both, and desparately hope you can get through this @ least possibly more quickly this time!!
VERY VERY BEST HOPES AND THOUGHTS YOUR WAY!! B2H
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    08-11-2012, 07:16 PM
  #96
Weanling
Thank you so much for your prayers and kind thoughts!

I did end up having to give her a shot earlier when she started groaning quite a bit while laying down and just appeared far too uncomfortable. Since then she has been up and down but laying calm and peacefully when she does.

Still drinking a good amount of water which I'm happy about. She doesn't appear quite as miserable as last time I just can't get over there being a SECOND time and so close to the first.

I'm just so glad she is eating this time. She lost a lot of weight from the first time from refusing all food for a few days so she really can't afford to lose any more.
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    08-12-2012, 01:11 PM
  #97
Weanling
Sorry to hear about another colic.....the best way to avoid sand colic is not to feed on the ground and not to graze on pastures that are really short.

My one girl got sand colic at where I boarded because they feed on the ground and she was grazing a paddock that was almost dirt. My other mare did not get sand colic and they were pastured together......but the mare that coliced was a real scrounger where as the other mare is not....so it also depends on the horse some what.

Since we have moved to our own place.........I feed in stalls and don't allow my pasture to get over grazed ....when it gets low I pull horses and feed hay instead.

Hope your horse recovers

Super Nova
     
    08-12-2012, 06:31 PM
  #98
Weanling
Quote:
Originally Posted by Super Nova    
Sorry to hear about another colic.....the best way to avoid sand colic is not to feed on the ground and not to graze on pastures that are really short.

My one girl got sand colic at where I boarded because they feed on the ground and she was grazing a paddock that was almost dirt. My other mare did not get sand colic and they were pastured together......but the mare that coliced was a real scrounger where as the other mare is not....so it also depends on the horse some what.

Since we have moved to our own place.........I feed in stalls and don't allow my pasture to get over grazed ....when it gets low I pull horses and feed hay instead.

Hope your horse recovers

Super Nova

Thanks super nova! She seems to be feeling much better today, so i'm hoping she stays that way! I have a feeling that it might have been caused by the extreme heat that we've had for a week straight. By 10am the temps has been well into the 90's.. yuck!!

I also never had an issue with this sand colic when I had my mares at my house, however when we moved and I began boarding it happened shortly after. I can't wait till we move back to a horse property (who knows when that will be) so I can bring my girls home and go back to caring for them 100% MY way!!
     

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