So, my beautiful OTTB has been doing just great. He's a light cribber, and I would like to see him gain weight more rapidly, but he's doing great on all fronts. Here in the DC area we have been suffering from HORRIBLE heat and humidity. We have been keeping the horses outside at night in their paddocks, and inside all day in their large box stalls, with fans attached to the bars. The inside of the barn is quite pleasant, even in the heat, and the barn is shaded by lots of trees.
I went yesterday just planning to give Sousa a cool bath and walk him a bit outside to stretch his legs. When I arrived he was lying on his side in the stall very quietly. I noticed some "saliva" looking spots on his ribcage, like he had been biting at his side. I went in his stall and he looked at me and didnt make a big effort to get up, so I asked him to. He got up and we walked outside, and he tried to lie down on the ground! I quick called the barn owner/manager who was a couple miles away and he told me to keep him walking until she arrived. He kept wanting to paw the ground and lie down, and he would then look toward his stomach and act frustrated and sort of bite the air. He also had several bouts of loose stools, not exactly diarreah, but getting there. He wouldnt eat ANYTHING, not even grass.
When my trainer arrived she quickly took his vitals and sensed he was also dehydrated. She confirmed that this is colic and gave him an injection of Banamine (sp?) and we also gave him electrolytes down his throat. In about 15 minutes he was less tense and we cooled him down with a cool sponge bath and he stood in front of a fan and dozed for a while. They he began to perk up and even "had the munchies" and wanted to eat!
I was told he could only have hay for the next 24 hours and that we would make sure he was drinking enough, and if he wasnt, we would give him more electrolytes. He slept (standing up) for a long time in his stall,and spent the night outside as usual.
She called me this moring to say that he is 100% normal today, acting hungry (still no grain until tonight) and playing with his buddies.
Here is my question: can severe heat induce colic? Is it possible this was more heat related and less actual colic? The only other thing that changed recently was we added beat pulp to his diet about 6 days ago (as part of a weight gain regamin) I have been told we need to stop that now as "anything new" should be stopped considering what happened.
She also said that maybe his cribbibing is causing some ulcers, and we may begin him on "Neigh-lox". Can cribbing have caused this? If so, I am seriously thinking its time for the "miracle collar"