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    07-08-2012, 11:41 PM
  #31
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Maybe this has been mentioned/tried but have you tried syringing the metamucil into her, like it's dewormer? Just add some water to it, get it dissolved, etc. :)
That might get something into her, at least, and maybe things would start moving along... :/
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    07-08-2012, 11:58 PM
  #32
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How is your horse doing tonight? I hope that she is eating something by now...if not, you really have to go out there and try anything and everything you can to get something in her to move things along. I don't want to scare you, but this is a very serious situation, especially since she is rolling...you really need a vet out there if at all possible...if not, forget about trying to get her to eat the psyllium...must taste bad because many horses will not eat it... if she like apples? Or carrots? Cut them up and use a blender? Or chopper? And grind them up...when you do that, take a small amount out to her and offer it, if she even nibbles...mix in a big capful of metamucil and offer a small amt again in your hand... if she takes that,get her to eat at least a handful or so...a little is better than nothing... then soak some beet pulp(with molasses tastes better) in apple juice, take a handful of that to her and offer it...if she at least nibbles on it mix all four together and feed her a handful at a time...if she at least gets a handfull every 15 to 30 mins you may be able to make some progress... and at this point you should keep her moving...walk, walk, walk as much as possible until you either get the vet out or she passes some poop.... my prayers are with her.... I lost my first horse to colic many years ago and (knock on wood) after much research have never had another colic again thanks to beet pulp and metamucil.....
     
    07-09-2012, 12:00 AM
  #33
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Wallaby    
Maybe this has been mentioned/tried but have you tried syringing the metamucil into her, like it's dewormer? Just add some water to it, get it dissolved, etc. :)
That might get something into her, at least, and maybe things would start moving along... :/
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This to is a good idea! Did the vet give her any banamine? Banamine may make her feel well enough to eat the mix. I would def be concerned that the first vet did not tube. Most horses pull through colic. But, it is one of those things that can get ugly really fast!
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    07-09-2012, 12:31 AM
  #34
Weanling
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Originally Posted by paintedpastures    
Will she eat soaked beet pulp??it is great to mix stuff in like your metamucil My horses all love beet pulp but several of them aren't fussy about alfalfa pellets. The ones that do eat them have to be pretty hungry too,so if they were sick feeling like your mare,don't think they would eat them either
i asked the vet when he was out yesterday about giving her soaked beet pulp because she used to get that on a regular basis before I began boarding her. He told me not to feed her any beet pulp because it will plug her up.
     
    07-09-2012, 12:32 AM
  #35
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Back2Horseback    
I am following your thread and just wanted you to know how much I am praying for her to begin eating any of the possible regiments, either vet prescribed or forum-member suggested. Just to get things moving through...I don't know much about sand colic; but after reading this, I fully intend to do my research!

If I should come across anything not already mentioned here in my reading tonight, I will most certainly pass it on, fwiw.

Again, prayers for you and your sweet horse...
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thank you for your prayers! I am reading and researching as much as I can on sand colic hoping to find something that will work for her.

Thank you so much
     
    07-09-2012, 12:33 AM
  #36
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Wallaby    
Maybe this has been mentioned/tried but have you tried syringing the metamucil into her, like it's dewormer? Just add some water to it, get it dissolved, etc. :)
That might get something into her, at least, and maybe things would start moving along... :/
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i was going to mention trying that to my BO tomorrow to see what she thinks.

I haven't tried that yet only because I had read somewhere that if its really liquidy she could end up breathing it in and causing a whole mess of problems.

Anyone else have thoughts on this idea?
     
    07-09-2012, 12:37 AM
  #37
Weanling
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Originally Posted by ljazwinski    
how is your horse doing tonight? I hope that she is eating something by now...if not, you really have to go out there and try anything and everything you can to get something in her to move things along. I don't want to scare you, but this is a very serious situation, especially since she is rolling...you really need a vet out there if at all possible...if not, forget about trying to get her to eat the psyllium...must taste bad because many horses will not eat it... if she like apples? Or carrots? Cut them up and use a blender? Or chopper? And grind them up...when you do that, take a small amount out to her and offer it, if she even nibbles...mix in a big capful of metamucil and offer a small amt again in your hand... if she takes that,get her to eat at least a handful or so...a little is better than nothing... then soak some beet pulp(with molasses tastes better) in apple juice, take a handful of that to her and offer it...if she at least nibbles on it mix all four together and feed her a handful at a time...if she at least gets a handfull every 15 to 30 mins you may be able to make some progress... and at this point you should keep her moving...walk, walk, walk as much as possible until you either get the vet out or she passes some poop.... my prayers are with her.... I lost my first horse to colic many years ago and (knock on wood) after much research have never had another colic again thanks to beet pulp and metamucil.....

She has not eaten more than a few nibbles since yesterday :( I tried feeding her regular carrots and tried making a mash out of carrots as well but she simply was not interested.

As far as beet pulp the vet yesterday specifically told me not to feed soaked beet pulp because it could plug her up.

I spent all day today walking her and keeping her on her feet. She did poop a total of 3 times today... all of them had a fairly normal consistency (one was a little more runny than the others)

I plan to get a second opinion tomorrow if she is still unwilling to eat.
     
    07-09-2012, 12:38 AM
  #38
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Cowgirl140ty    
This to is a good idea! Did the vet give her any banamine? Banamine may make her feel well enough to eat the mix. I would def be concerned that the first vet did not tube. Most horses pull through colic. But, it is one of those things that can get ugly really fast!
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The vet gave me a bottle of Dipyrone to give her to make her more comfortable.

I'm a bit concerned why he didn't tube her after he told me that "she is loaded with sand"....
     
    07-09-2012, 12:38 AM
  #39
Started
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Originally Posted by loveyourhorse    
i asked the vet when he was out yesterday about giving her soaked beet pulp because she used to get that on a regular basis before I began boarding her. He told me not to feed her any beet pulp because it will plug her up.
Well that news to me....Never known it to be a bunger-upper Then again I don't have alot of faith in much this vet has told you....
     
    07-09-2012, 12:41 AM
  #40
Yearling
If you're that worried about her inhaling the medication, how on earth do you give her worming and other medications that involve a syringe? At some point that or a tube may be the only solution :/
     

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