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post #11 of 34 Old 02-01-2014, 12:23 PM
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Banamine and bute are both drugs you'll want to keep on hand. Banamine is better for colic type issues, eye injuries, soft tissue etc. It's also stronger than but and I think it works faster, but it's also a little easier on their tummies so if you have to use something at a lower dose for a longer time you might consider banamine.

But is more like a Tylenol type thing but its harder on their tummies so you don't want to use it as much or on a regular basis.

Ulcergaurd is another nice thing to keep on hand....
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At our stable, the Arabian would colic during season changes- mainly when going into winter. He also coliced so bad during the polar vortex- it was so cold here it was obnoxious!

What the horse would do that triggered the concern this past time- lay down after eating. Now, this horse is prone to colic, so the weekend feeder noticed the horse layed down, and well, it was a bad case.

Other signs my BO said in addition to the posts I read was biting at their stomach as well as the kicking.

Also, its good to look at the horses poop. This Arabian's poop was smaller pellets that where very dry. The turds should be moist. Yes, I am a stall mucker, and I do look at their poop- yay poop patrol.

and being walked, as well as extra straw in stall to help keep warm, blanketed, and always had hay to eat.(His colic was due to the cold weather effecting him) I am sure he was getting medicine but I wasn't there. He was being walked as well.

I don't have much personal experience with it, but this is what I was told and saw some minor colicy behavior- once it was found out already. Good topic to read on!
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Here's my story of my horse that coliced...and had surgery because of it. But before that, Banamine does not make the colic go makes the pain go away. If you give Banamine, your horse gets comfortable....wait for 3 hours and see what happens. If symptoms come back....get the vet or your horse TO a vet. It only masks the pain but does nothing for the colic itself. horse Sidney coliced twice.....In July, two years apart, but the very same week each time. We were at an AQHA show, and I was in the warm up pen after a class getting ready to ride back to out stalls, and he started pawing. He's not a horse that paws so I thought it strange, maybe he had to pee. Go to the stalls, untack, and then turn him loose in his stall, he just stands there. So we keep an eye on him for a bit, my trainer gives him some Banamine. Then a few hours later, he's down in his stall, almost we get him up and start walking him. He's a little lethargic but we could tell he was in pain. Luckily one of the other trainer has a vet who is a client, he checks him out and says get him to Tufts which is over an hour away. We get to Tufts, try jogging him....still not working. They then roll him...nothing, so they said he would need surgery and I said YES, there was no question. He had a nephrosplenic entrapment....there is a small gap held with a muscle between his kidnkey and spleen, and part of his intestines were caught in that gap. So they opened him up and everything "righted" itself....10 day hospital stay.

Fast forward to 2 years later in July to the same week. My trainer leaves for an APHA show and I'm in charge of the barn. Sidney is turned out, and when my trainer is driving away, I see Sidney standing at his gate pawing. I'm like....oh no, here we go again. So I bring him in and it was deja vu, same look on his face, breathing just a little hard. I call my trainer, he said give him Banamine and then wait a couple hours. If he's not better, call the vet. So I do that, he's quiet, 2 hours later, symptoms come back, vet comes right out and checks him out...and says...get him to Tufts. So we get him there immediately, and the bumpy ride must have helped this time...because he was headed to another entrapment that never quite took hold, 3 day hospital stay. Things in their bellies just kind of float around with nothing holding anything together really EXCEPT that small muscle in that gap.

Both times I truly believe it was caused by the atmosphere and barometric pressure as we had some pretty good thunderstorms. So....every July, I keep a VERY close eye on him!
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My friends pony died of colic... the 4th time he had it

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Agree w/what e'one else said here. I would point out the difference in horses- know you horses. Our Paint mare paws very little but bites at her stomach but she will move way off from the other horses. If they get near her, she moves away again. If I find her isolating herself continually from the others I know somethings up. Our old TWH shows more dramatic changes. He is normally a sweet, easy-going horse but he gets nippy, kicky and really hard to handle immediately. (which makes him easy to diagnose but incredibly hard to handle) If he starts we just go straight to the Vet. (thankfully we've been able to resolve before surgery was needed)
Plus, they only colic when its freezing, raining, snowing, storming or mud is 12" deep. That's just a given.
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The owner of the stable where I keep my horse says that whenever they have a horse with colic they put them in the trailer and take a long ride on a very bumpy road. I assume she's talking about colic. There's a bit of a language barrier, so .... yeah. I know it works for human babies too. Well, not in a horse trailer. :)
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I've only had 2 encounters with colic. One was our old (he was at least 30) horse and he colicked and we had the vet out there all night. We were having trouble keeping him on his feet and once he got down it was already hard for him to get up because he was so old. So the vet said if he's still laying down when he came back in the morning we'd have to put him down and we did. The second was very recent. I work at a barn and the owner trains barrel horses and her husband is a farrier. The horse was 19 and the owners had had him since he was like 2 and I went to feed him his grain and he was laying down and didn't get up (he is usually ready for his food and alert) so I went in the stall and he got up and I noticed he was sweating really bad (even though it was like 20 degrees and all the horses were blanketed) and then he got down again and I had to go tell the BO and they put him down later that night.

A good indication that something is wrong (not just colic but anything really) is when they don't eat and don't look interested in food and they normally do. When they have a fever or just generally don't feel well they usually don't feel like eating.
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Stops Colic

I have not had the opportunity, or should I say neccessity, to try this product myself but the reviews are all really good. (and not just on the product site)
On the left side column there is also a page on signs of colic. It is a tad pricey but then again so is colic and a vet call and when that scary event happens it happens seemingly out of the blue and it's terrifying. Good to have as many tools in your arsenal as possible...which is exactly why you had the good sense to post this thread!
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Colic. Oh dear. I lost my best friend to colic.

You can never have too much information, and you can never be too careful. One of the things I have learned is just knowing your horse, and paying attention to what its "normal" behavior is like. I know for me, the second Sadie (my current horse) is not acting like herself, that is when I worry. Second comes all of the previously listed symptoms. Parking out, looking or biting at the belly, rolling, not eating etc etc.

I feed beet pulp regularly, make sure she always has access to clean, fresh water, green grass when it is available, psylium fiber, regular exercise, all of these things can help keep things moving along and help prevent colic.

I am glad you are here trying to learn more about it. Good for you!
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Stops Colic

I have not had the opportunity, or should I say neccessity, to try this product myself but the reviews are all really good. (and not just on the product site)
On the left side column there is also a page on signs of colic. It is a tad pricey but then again so is colic and a vet call and when that scary event happens it happens seemingly out of the blue and it's terrifying. Good to have as many tools in your arsenal as possible...which is exactly why you had the good sense to post this thread!

That stuff looks interesting!! Worth a shot I suppose! Although... that video!
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