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    11-03-2009, 12:23 PM
Eye buggies can indicate and infection. Did any one take his temp?
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    11-03-2009, 12:33 PM
Originally Posted by sillybunny11486    
eye buggies can indicate and infection. Did any one take his temp?
dont have a thermomater on hand, but vet is here so update soon.
    11-03-2009, 12:35 PM
Originally Posted by tealamutt    
I work in a hospital with several equine surgeons (I'm actually a vet student there), we do about 4 colic surgeries per week. I have never once seen them recommend letting a down horse lie there.
I also am a vet tech and a BO. If a horse is laying quietly YOU LET THEM ALONE. Walking can exhaust the horse to the point there are other issues that can play in to what is actually going on.

Working only at the hospital, you may only see the severe cases. Many colics are gas colics and can resolve themselves without drastic measures.

To those of you recommending the banamine right away - shame on you. Without all of the baseline vitals - do NOT administer anything that can mask symptoms before the vet gets there.
    11-03-2009, 12:43 PM
I agree with mls. Banamine should not be administered due to the fact that it could cause more trouble. I know a lot of people who administer banamine anytime something like that happens and I tell them that it could make it worse and that my vet always recomends just monitoring them because since the vet does not know exactly what is wrong until he gets there he doesnt want ANY medication administered.
    11-03-2009, 01:04 PM
Agreed - don't give banamine without talking to the vet first.

And if vet does instruct you to give banamine, always give IV or oral. Never IM!
    11-03-2009, 01:21 PM
Ive never known someone to not walk a colicing horse. Letting them lie is ok till they start thrashing and twisting up more. It might be to dangerous to go in and get them at that point.
    11-03-2009, 01:34 PM
Originally Posted by sillybunny11486    
ive never known someone to not walk a colicing horse. Letting them lie is ok till they start thrashing and twisting up more. It might be to dangerous to go in and get them at that point.
Sure, they can kick you if they're thrashing violently, but you should have already gotten them on their feet before the worst signs started.

Horses do not usually go from lying quietly to violent thrashing in an instant. If they do, then there's something else going on that's probably not colic, such as something rupturing internally.

If that happens, having a horse on its feet and walking isn't going to help, anyway.
    11-03-2009, 02:31 PM
Ok, i'm really anxious to know how they are doing?! Lol I hope everything is alright! I have a question to ask those of you who have tried the join-up by monty roberts. I will ask it in the training part.
    11-03-2009, 02:32 PM
Yes, anxiously waiting for an update.
    11-03-2009, 02:46 PM
Sending good vibes for a healthy colt! Hoping for an update soon!!

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