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  • Horse will not eat soaked pellets
  • 10 month old horse with colic

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    07-07-2012, 10:22 PM
Thanks guys!

He didn't even mention the possibility of having to tube her. He did say once she is through this to give her 1 cup a day for seven days every month and that it might be a good idea to give her half a cup every day throughout the rest of the months.
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    07-08-2012, 12:14 AM
Just got an update from the barn owner..... she still hasn't eaten anything :( she's laying down but she's not thrashing around or anything like that. I don't know how we are going to get the sand out of her if we can't get the psyllium in.....
    07-08-2012, 12:49 AM
Can you get a second opinion from another vet about whether you can give the psyllium with alfalfa pellets instead of timothy? Or even a mix? I have one horse that will NOT eat anything that's soaked unless there's something yummy mixed with it dry, so if you can find something your vet approves of that she likes, it should help.
    07-08-2012, 01:06 AM
I give my horses soaked beet pulp shreds everynight mixed in with their feed... in the beginning they wouldn't touch it, but after using apple juice (no sugar added kind) in the mix they started eating it... now I use apple juice whenever I have to add any meds or new supplements....
    07-08-2012, 06:57 PM
Thank you for all the suggestions guys. I did try to use alfalfa pellets today instead of timothy and she still refused to eat it. Even tried adding some carrots into the mix to see if she'd go for it but didn't want those either.

I tried adding a little apple juice but she just wasn't at all interested in eating.

We have good news and bad news...
The good news is that she is still drinking plenty of water and seemed a little bit more alert today.

Bad news is she still won't eat and last night she got her legs caught up in the pipe fencing while trying to roll and scraped them all up.

Going to give it another day to see if she will start eating and then call the vet again tomorrow if she won't....
    07-08-2012, 07:15 PM
Why wasn't she tubed by the vet? Why on earth would a vet be vague in treating her? This is SERIOUS! You do not wait!
    07-08-2012, 07:17 PM
I'm not sure why he didn't tube her... for some reason after listening to her gut and checking her vitals I guess he didn't feel it was necessary.
    07-08-2012, 07:24 PM
I hope that your girl gets better soon... A friend of mine lost her 8 month old colt to sand colic a few months ago. I think if its possible and not sure if it has already been mentioned but I personally would get a 2nd opinion...
    07-08-2012, 07:33 PM
If she is not eating the food with psyllium tomorrow then I will be getting a second opinion.

Both the vet and BO seem to be taking it fairly lightly... my BO said after the vet left, "good i'm glad its only sand colic"...
    07-08-2012, 08:03 PM
Here in Florida sand colic happens alot if you do not stay on a regular desanding schedule. And whats weird, is my vet tells us if the colic, put them on straight alfalfa hay. Nothing else. And he pumps mineral oil and metamucil. And we have never had a problem pulling one through. But I will def. Send prayers your way.
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