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        11-20-2013, 02:42 PM
    Ahhh, I just noticed you were a fellow Michigander he lookes great! Nick definitely fits him!
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        11-20-2013, 05:52 PM
    Thanks :) What part of Michigan are you from?
        12-18-2013, 11:25 AM

    Today I got a call from my mom out at the barn to tell me she thought Nick was colicing (sp). So I went out there and we called the vet.

    He came, did a rectal exam on him, checked his gums, sedated him, put mineral water into him via a tube up his nose, and now have been instructed to walk him for 10-15 minutes every hour. He's to be given a 1000 lb dose of Banamine around 2/2:30.

    Just a small update.

    The vet said it was probably due to him not liking to drink cold water. So now we're on a search for a way to warm up the water in his stall. He has an automatic watering system in his stall and in the run-in but neither is warm - just thaw.

    Any ideas on how to heat a water tank?
        12-18-2013, 11:43 AM
    We would come outside with a hot tea kettle and pour about a gallon of water in 2-3x/day... It kept the water luke warm through the evening... Though, we used a small 20 gallon rubber tank... I've seen many people just put a plug in warmer in the water.
        12-18-2013, 11:54 AM
    You can also try giving him warmish molasses water to keep him hydrated. I pour about a table spoon or two of molasses into a bucket and fill it part way with hot water, stir it around until the molasses dissolves, then fill it the rest of the way with lukewarm water. The majority of horses will suck a 3-4 gallon bucket of this down in one go. When I'm really worried about a horse's water intake, I'll give him 2 or 3 of these per day. The rule of thumb I have heard is that horses should drink about 5-10 gallons of water a day, so if you give him 2 or 3 of the molasses water, he should be staying fairly well hydrated.
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        12-18-2013, 10:48 PM
    Six months?! That is brutal! Glad to hear you now own him, what a horrible situation. He looks a lot healthier in your photos already, but a word of caution-make sure you don't feed to much or food that is to rich. You don't want to throw your new horse into a bad colic.
        12-19-2013, 12:39 PM
    We have plug in bucket-warmers where I board, they work great (and temps have been consistently single digits for a couple of weeks now).

    If you have electricity in your barn (sounds like you do), I'd use something like this:
    9 Quart Heated Bucket
        12-27-2013, 11:07 AM

    Just a couple pictures today. It's pretty safe to say he's out of the woods of anorexia now, I think.

    Here are some pictures of him from today. None are very good because I just popped over the fence while they were eating breakfast and they didn't care.

    But here you go anyway. He's a little dirty from laying down, but not too bad.

    Interested to hear your thoughts about him.

    The vet was out for a barn visit a week ago and he thought Nick just needed to work on gaining muscle as opposed to gaining weight.

    With all his fuzz it's hard to tell what's fat and what's just fur.

    Anywho, here you go.

    Some of the shots are a little dark due to the lighting...sorry about that.

        12-27-2013, 11:10 AM
    Oops..forgot one
        12-27-2013, 11:12 AM
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