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post #1 of 66 Old 11-03-2009, 09:30 AM Thread Starter
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URGENT!!! what are the first signs of colic

I need to know asap, just went into stable and bailey is lying down and wouldnt get up even as i approached him, this never happens, he has some gunk in his eye and he is breathing heavily, he did turn and bite his belly twice but he could have just been itchy. cant check his poo as there are two of them in there. he got wormed about 3 weeks ago and was going to worm him tomorrow but need to know what im dealing with here. also archie wont leave his side and is now lying down beside him
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post #2 of 66 Old 11-03-2009, 09:38 AM
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The first signs of colic are more mild like stamping feet and trying to roll over. But it could be more advanced stage. If I were you I would do everything I could to get him up and walking. If this is your first time dealing with a colic then I would go ahead and call the vet. Unless you have some knowledgeable people near by to help you out. My horse colics often so I don't necessarily call the vet every time. My rule of thumb is to walk him around for about two hours and if I don't see some poop or at least comfort improvement by then I call the vet.

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I wouldn't be asking here, I would be on the phone with a Vet to get out there ASAP to get on it.

Did you listen to his belly? If there are gurgling sounds, slight trickling sounds - then he should be fine.

Check his temperature?

Your description is colic -

Do you have Banamine? If so, I'd be giving him some right now. Get him up.

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post #4 of 66 Old 11-03-2009, 09:40 AM
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Hey bubble gum
MIE is right on the mark with this one. Sounds like colic to me too. I would not even hesitate to call the vet right away!
And Banamine is always a plus to have on hand for this type of emergency.
Remeber we are not vets here.
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ok just got back in after reading your posts, i listened to his belly, its gurgling away, but he still keeps going to scratch it, got him up and landlord is walking him around talking to the vet while i turn dinner off, whats bainmaine???? it took three people to get him up, fingers crossed people, first time seeing this
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There could be gurgling and still be colic, sometimes. Depends on where the "obstruction" may be. Call a vet! Biting at the belly is not a good sign.

Better safe than sorry.
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vet cant make it for another couple of hours he is in the middle of a c section with a cow and she is having twins, he isnt making signs of going down or wanting to but he keeps wanting to eat hay. and i cant take it all out.

this is what he looked like a few mins ago
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post #8 of 66 Old 11-03-2009, 10:18 AM
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Is there another vet that can come? What did this vet tell you to do while you waited? Did you take his temperature and check his heart rate?

Does the landlord know you are reading and posting in other threads while they are out there taking care of your horse for you?

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post #9 of 66 Old 11-03-2009, 10:18 AM
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I would halter him and get him up. I know you were having haltering issues earlier, but since he is not inclined to get up on your approach, you ought to be able to get it done.
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post #10 of 66 Old 11-03-2009, 10:21 AM
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you shouldnt let a horse eat if you think its colic. if its impaction eating will make it worse.
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