Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Southern Colorado
Strange symptoms...Case of colic?
#1. I have called the veterinarian and he is helping how he can
#2. Please only helpful and knowledgeable posts...Im not asking for rude opinions
Late yesterday afternoon, my 6yr old mare started showing signs of what we think to be colic. She was being trailered for a trail ride with a loft full of hay and she just stopped eating. Lacey does not, not eat :/ We thought at first she was ticked for being so close to the other horses (she is the alpha mare and very moody) so we continued to the ride. Rode for about an hour and a half, and she started acting STRANGE. She was flicking her tail, holding it to the side weird, and stomping her back feet. So I dismounted and checked her out, and her hips and the area behind her ribs looked caved in. Strange, I know and Im not sure how else to describe it. I also looked at her rear, and even more strange her anus also looked very sunk in? She became even more and more uncomfortable, so I got her home and unsaddled. She was laying down last night and occasionally looking at her sides. We left her be as she had passed a bowel movement on the ride, and she didn't seem too distressed. Checked on her at about 2:30am and she was up and walking around. Got up at 6:30am and she was flat on her side.
I went and got a Benamine shot and administered it about 8am. She started showing signs of recovering about 9am and it was back and forth. I had to come back home during class to keep her up, apparently she kept going down while I was gone. I got her up and kept her walking for about 2 1/2 hours. In that time, she passed a small bowel movement and then proceeded to lay down as soon as I stopped walking her. Like I said we called the vet and went over all the symptoms he said there was not much else we can do except let her rest a bit, give her more Banamine tonight, and nurse her through it.
Anyway, I know the symptoms of colic and caving in of the hips and the anus are not two I am familiar with. So long story short I am curious as to whether or not these are symptoms other people have dealt with? And where I can read up about it, the vet didn't really say anything about it...thanks and anything helps.
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