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    02-11-2009, 07:28 PM
  #1
Foal
suspected colic

Hi all,

It's been snowing for the past week here and the grass has just been covered with ice for the past few days, I let my 7 mth old foal out in the mornings to the older horses and stable him when he is getting fed in the evenings, this evening I noticed he looked very bloated around the belly, before I got to him he lay down and began rolling on his back, when I got to him he refused to get up off the ground, he did eventually, his head was hanging low which is not normal for him at all and he walked very slowly into the run with me, he refused his food, which is the first time he has ever done this and he went weak on his legs and began to collapse, I quickly got him into his stable and ran and called the vet who arrived half hour later, he took his temperature and said it was slightly raised, he also said his belly looked bloated, he listened to his stomach and said it was very noisy and suspected the onset of colic, he gave him an injection I.v of muscle relaxant and an antibiotic injection, he then put some food in front of him and I was made a liar of as he began to eat, the vet suggested no food other than hay until tomorrow and keep him away from the grass until the weather gets finer and the frost is gone. Has anyone else experienced anything like this with their horses, it was very scary, I have to check him every half hour for the night to make sure he is okay, please God he will be as he is my baby.
     
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    02-11-2009, 08:13 PM
  #2
Weanling
About a month after I got my gelding he had a slight colic episode. He did almost the same things that you described. Only my vet wasn't even able to come out and look at him. So he insisted that I not let him lie down and kept him walking/moving for the next 2 hours. Let me tell you, that was tiring for the both of us!! But he got over it just fine. I do worry about him doing it again, but he's just fine now. Just do what the vet said and wait until the frost is gone. It is a scary experience, but it will be just fine. Keep checking on him, even when you don't feel like it. The more the better. But he should be just fine. Good luck!
     
    02-11-2009, 09:45 PM
  #3
Yearling
I would really be watching him. Feeding a colic generally isn't recommended because it takes many hours for whatever is in their GI tract to pass through. And if your vet gave pain meds then he can falsely LOOK like he's better when the meds are just covering the symptoms.

I would watch him closely, not feed until you see him passing manure well and call the vet again at the first sign of problems.
     
    02-11-2009, 10:36 PM
  #4
Started
I find that very strange that the vet put food in front of him right after the injection/muscle relaxant! The injection only gives you a false positive. This is what happened with my mare, Jubilee. She started eating again after she got the needles because the meds took away the pain, but she was still not digesting properly. I think hay is okay, but definitely no grain whatsoever. Try to get him to drink plenty of water (use a syringe if need be). Definitely keep a close watch, keep him walking, look for manure... stay close to the phone if the vet is needed.

Good luck! Colic is scary... I've been there, but we came through and I'm sure you will as well. *Hugs*
     
    02-12-2009, 01:28 PM
  #5
Foal
Thanks for your replies, well last night was a sleepless one for me and a restless one for Kai, he did perk up and ate some hay and passed some manure, today he was walking around, looking much better but still in pain, he has been biting at his stomach, I put my hand on it to see if I could feel anything and he gave me a swift kick, he has never kicked out before so I must have hurt him, suppose his way of saying, go away, he passed more manure, so at least things are moving, hopefully he will be on the mend soon, then I can relax.
     
    02-13-2009, 07:43 PM
  #6
Started
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Originally Posted by vicki    
thanks for your replies, well last night was a sleepless one for me and a restless one for Kai, he did perk up and ate some hay and passed some manure, today he was walking around, looking much better but still in pain, he has been biting at his stomach, I put my hand on it to see if I could feel anything and he gave me a swift kick, he has never kicked out before so I must have hurt him, suppose his way of saying, go away, he passed more manure, so at least things are moving, hopefully he will be on the mend soon, then I can relax.
By the sounds of it, he just might be on the mend. Passing manure is a very good thing. Is it soft? Can you hear his stomach making gurgling noises? (That's another sign that things are passing through).
     
    02-14-2009, 10:45 AM
  #7
Yearling
You can have a horse pass manure and still have whatever problem is causing colic. The fact that he is still painful means that you need to get the vet back out asap for a re-exam and re-evaluation.
     
    02-14-2009, 03:59 PM
  #8
Foal
Kai seems to be back to himself today, he had no problems letting me rub my hands round his stomach so as advised by the vet, I let him out to graze with the other horses, he was delighted and danced across the fields, he is in great form, I have cut down on his feeding as I was definitely overfeeding him, i'm also mixing his food up with water, which he loves, I thought he'd refuse it, I have made an observation over the past couple of weeks....i think he is addicted to the mineral block, he went through an electric fence today to get at it and was after it constantly throughout the day, other than that I think he is back to himself, please God
     
    02-15-2009, 12:39 PM
  #9
Yearling
Great news!

I always tend to recommend erring on the side of caution with colics because there is really such a small window of time to deal with one when it's more serious then a simple impaction or gas colic that will pass with minimal treatmen.
     

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