Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: northeast Arkansas
Unexplained colic scare...any ideas?
Hello all! My first post here and I'm hoping somebody has some input.
I dealt with my first ever colic after owning horses over 15 years and I have no idea why both the horses got colic in the first place.
It happened Friday and I had worked my mare and my husband rode her, she got worked probably an hour all together. It was a warm day and she was slightly lathered, she did some loping and quite a bit of trotting but nothing too strenuous. By the time we turned her loose she was cool, breathing normal,etc.
So then a few hours later I went back down to the barn to feed them their grain. My mare Chanti LOVES food, it is her biggest motivation and I had never seen her turn food down. She wouldn't even touch her grain. Our paint stud colt was eating his but I knew right off something was wrong with my mare. I checked her over, got her up to the house and I checked her gut sounds. her stomach was drawn up tight, I heard very few gut sounds and she wouldn't even eat any grass. Then I looked down and noticed Sundance, the stud, had laid down under the barn, in the mud. A few minutes later he was up, but then he laid right back down, which I knew wasn't normal. So I went down and checked on him, saw he had ate nearly half his grain and as I was checking his gut sounds he tried to lay down again, so I got him up to the house also.
Hubby ran to the store and got mineral oil while me and my mom walked both of them. Chanti pooped and it was normal but we gave them 400 cc of mineral oil and about 3 hours after starting to walk them and watch them Sundance pooped but he seemed to be in more discomfort than Chanti because he'd stay standing a few minutes, then lay down again, but he didn't roll so we let him lay down. By nearly midnight they seemed in less discomfort so we turned them back out into the pasture but checked them 2 hours later and they were both down at the pond drinking and neither looked as uncomfortable. Yesterday afternoon they were both eating grass, drinking like normal but I didn't give them any grain just to make sure it had passed.
Today they both seem to be 100% ok but I'd like to know what caused them to colic. We bought grain last weekend and they had been getting half a coffee can of the grain with a few tablespoons of wheat germ oil added to help with their coat and add some calories. Their diet wasn't changed and at first I thought maybe it was the wheat germ oil but Chanti didn't eat any of her grain before she got colic and I had been adding it for a while now.
They do have a pond for water but they've always had a pond or lake for a water source so I don't think the water would have caused them to colic. There are no poisonous plants or materials in their pasture and the tack room door is always closed so they couldn't have gotten into anything down there.
I did try calling a vet but since it was after hours when all this happened I couldn't reach any vet. I even tried vets in Missouri. I was ticked that I couldn't reach anyone but I guess the mineral oil and the walking helped.