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    07-18-2012, 11:44 PM
Exclamation Stomach problems? Colic? Choke? Allergy?

We bought a 9yr Arabian about 2 months ago whom had been on pasture only for about a year and he looked pretty healthy, just needed a little weight on him. Well we feed our others grain with minerals every other day to every third day with free pasture on 6 acres and started him on the same. About a week after we got him we started noticing he would stop half way through eating, stand very still and curl his upper lip. I immediately suspected colic and took him for a walk but he would immediately perk up and act himself. So I shrugged it of as maybe mild gas colic? Or choke? So I started wetting his food but it didn't seem to help. This past week he had one of his spells and went down on me in his stall. He got up with without any fuss and we walked, he pooped, acted ok after a few hours and again was himself. Well yesterday he didn't meet me at the fence like normal and he was nowhere to be seen. I walked down to the barn and low and behold there he was down in his stall (not even a feed day). When I got him up he had diarrhea in his stall and on his back legs and his usually humongous Arabian nostrils where about half the size they usually are with drainage and he sounded congested. New symptoms freaked me out so as we walked for the next couple of hours I called a vet friend that said he had some symptoms of colic but could also be an allergy to something in the field he ate or bacteria imbalance or choke or URI?? To watch him and if she needed she could come out today. He was fine within a hour (except the snotty nose) and through the night and was himself by morning running around crazy. He had another spell tonight and everyone is scratching thier heads. Any suggestions or similar issues? I started him on Probio and Anihist but too soon to tell.
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    07-19-2012, 12:23 AM
I would lean towards a choke. Is it snot or can you detect bits of feed and grass? Get a qualified dentist out to look at his mourh.
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    07-19-2012, 12:30 AM
No feed or grass coming out of his nose. It's white and a little on the thick side. I thought of the teeth too but he just had his teeth floated about a month ago. He does have eye teeth...but they don't seem to bother him. I guess he could be choking just not severe? Wouldn't he be coughing?
    07-19-2012, 01:18 AM
Also there have been funky mushrooms growing in our field after all the rain we've had and I did find one a little while ago that looked like it had been chewed up and spit out. I'll try to get a picture of it in the daylight tomorrow. Maybe this could be the culprit??
    07-19-2012, 01:25 AM
When he has these spells, has he been in the pasture? Maybe you could try stalling him a few days and taking him out to hand graze so you know exactly what he's eating. Or if you have a dry lot try that. Just to rule out an allergic reaction... When my horse got choke he acted similar, he gurgled kinda and you could tell he was having trouble swallowing.
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    07-19-2012, 01:39 AM
Yes every time he's been pastured...since they're only fed every 2-3 days they've had free rein but that's a good idea. I don't have a dry field (a dry anything :)) but I could try stalling him. Especially since someone's been nibbling on crazy mushrooms. Was it a one time choke with yours or did you have several events? He does make some nose under his breath and he stretches out his neck...almost looks like a cribber when he does it.
    07-19-2012, 01:43 AM
That sounds a lot like what he did. He also layed down and rolled cause he was panicking..but it happend twice. The next time I grained him it happened the second time. I started soaking his feed, then hand fed him even with it soaked. (I was super paranoid)
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    07-19-2012, 01:56 AM
That sounds like me! I've probably lost 20 in sweat walking him the past couple of days while my other ones stood there looking at me like I am crazy! I hand fed him about 2tbls of food mash and probiotics this afternoon and I was so worried that that little bit of mash would bring it on again that I stayed with him for another hour! :)
Thanks for your input!
    07-19-2012, 02:04 AM
No problem! Have you changed his grain at all? Do you make sure he is well hydrated? My colt was getting choke because he wouldn't drink his water unless it was completley fresh, which took me awhile to realize. So he was dehydrating himself. But it sounds like maybe, he's allergic to something in the pasture causing his throat to constrict a little causing the choke... Maybe? Just a random thought. I'm probably wrong lol
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