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post #81 of 114 Old 01-10-2017, 04:49 AM Thread Starter
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She had a pretty bad gas colic last night. Still not okay today. Not sure what is going on now.
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post #82 of 114 Old 01-10-2017, 11:20 AM
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Sorry to hear it @lightning . Sending good thoughts. Let us know how she is when you can. :(
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post #83 of 114 Old 01-10-2017, 12:39 PM
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I hate hearing that lightning, she'd been doing so well. Hope she's feeling better soon.
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post #84 of 114 Old 01-11-2017, 12:59 AM
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How do you mix up her food? Soak it right before you give it to her? If not I wonder if she may be overly sensitive to it sitting out.
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How's she doing now @lightning ?

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post #86 of 114 Old 01-13-2017, 01:21 AM Thread Starter
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Hi,
Thank you for asking. She is doing much better now.


On Jan 9th I went to feed her her 7pm meal and found that she hadn't eaten all of her prior meal. That is very unlike her. I could hear her gut from several feet away and it was loud. I offered her a bit of the fresh food I had made and she was slightly interested. I felt under her blanket and she was sweating. Took her temp and it was normal. Her heart rate was 44. I put a call into the vet and pulled all her food. She had passed manure and even passed manure while I was on the phone with the vet. He recommended I give her 1000lb dose of Bannamine and said it was most likely a gas colic. So, I gave her the Bannamine and she seemed less painful and hungry again within an hour. I stayed with her most of the night in her pasture and the sweating stopped and she was very hungry and unhappy she wasn't able to eat. Gut was still loud.


Next day I started feeding again at about half of what she was getting and then slowly increasing throughout the day. Her manure went to cow paddy again but at least she was passing it. She was pretty loud with her gut etc. It all basically resolved a bit by the next day but the gut sounds stayed really loud for the next couple of days.


Unfortunately the Bannamine triggered and ulcer flair up I think as she was biting at her sides. That improved with the start of ulcergaurd. She is still on it daily right now.


The only things I can think of that might have brought on the gas colic is that I had been increasing her feed. I was feeding 4lbs at a time for the prior two feedings. Putting 2 lbs at one end of her pasture and 2lbs at the other end. She may have overeaten. Other thing I did was let her graze longer than she normally does. I had also been increasing the amount of Rice Bran. So, could have been one of those things. I have discontinued the grazing all together. I only give her 2 lbs at a time now and I am taking her on much longer hand walks.


By yesterday she had normal looking manure and seemed bright and alert. Then it started raining really hard and I had to put her in the barn which she is very unhappy about. So hopefully the stall won't be to upsetting to her.


She did see the chiropractor on Tuesday. She said she was out in a few places and that her hocks were sore but her general condition looked great and she had put on weight etc. She said she was very worried about her last visit. I got the okay to tack walk her now. So that is good.


Keeping my fingers crossed and hoping she continues to improve.


I had been soaking the pellets overnight but am thinking I will stop doing that and just have the ranch guys put water on her senior and feed that instead of having the soaked pellets.


Thanks again for the concern and support
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Remember not to give >5lbs total per feeding and when you are willing to feed her so awesome she shouldn't need too much per feeding. (I still think it's fantastic that you're feeding her so much).

She really doesn't look bad at all so I wouldn't worry too much about increasing stuff, like the rice bran, if her weight is good then there is no purpose for feeding that.

Her manure being loose could definitely be due to the amount of liquid she's getting (grazing plus everything soaked) so I wouldn't be too concerned about that.

I know you're trying really hard but be careful not to overdo/think it. Remember "KISS" Keep it Simple Stupid :) Not that you're making it complicated at all but just remember slow and steady is the way to go and try not to worry about everything, trust me I know it's hard! She really looks fantastic and she is very lucky to have an owner who cares so much!

I'm so glad she's feeling better!
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post #88 of 114 Old 01-13-2017, 04:10 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you. That was nice of you to say. I do obsess on her care lately. I have a chart for each day of how much she eats, how much manure she passes, water intake and any activity we do, meds, notes etc. So, yeah could be overthinking it. I am truly the lucky one when it comes to my horse and I.


I am feeding her about 2 lbs each feeding. Usually feeding every hour during the day.
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she is cute. She looks pretty good !
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post #90 of 114 Old 01-13-2017, 06:45 PM
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Thank you. That was nice of you to say. I do obsess on her care lately. I have a chart for each day of how much she eats, how much manure she passes, water intake and any activity we do, meds, notes etc. So, yeah could be overthinking it. I am truly the lucky one when it comes to my horse and I.


I am feeding her about 2 lbs each feeding. Usually feeding every hour during the day.
Lol- take a breath!! I've dealt with some really sick horses and never went as detailed as that, your mare looks great and you're more than willing to do what she needs. Sometimes the more you analyze the more problems you find! :) Less is more.
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