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  • Horse with gas colic wants to eat hay
  • Horse not eating hay after colic surgery

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    02-28-2011, 08:56 AM
Oh dear. I'm so sorry. Is the vet sure it's just colic? While I'm no expert - never had a horse with more than gas colic, and we cleared that up without having to call the vet - it sounds like it might be something a bit different.

If it's just colic, could the vet leave you something for pain to give her until it clears up? That might save you another trip, then again, if it doesn't clear up, he may need to re-assess the situation.

Sending healing vibes your way!
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    02-28-2011, 09:25 AM
He is pretty sure she has gas colic but there was something else wrong that caused her to not eat the hay and than developed gas colic. We're been walking her every couple of hours and feeding her small amounts of hay stretch (the vet said she could have it) at a time. And she has hay that's been weighted out so we know what she is eating. A lady next to Mooney, that just had a horse that had colic surgery has been helping us out and just being supportive, since I've been alone with Mooney for hours at a time she's come over to see how I've been doing.

Thanks dee I need all the healing vibes we can get. To I just smashed my foot so I am limping too and walking is difficult.
    02-28-2011, 09:46 AM
It never rain but it pours. Healing vibes for both of you! I completely understand how it is. I fractured my tailbone riding a horse the day before my baby girl was burned and had to be hospitalized. The only way to get her to settle down and sleep, in spite of the pain meds, was to hold her and rock her. Sitting in those hard, plastic rockers in the hospital was agony - but nothing compared to what daughter was going through. We all do what we have to do, don't we?
    02-28-2011, 10:10 AM
I wonder if you are dealing with a bad case of ulcers.
    02-28-2011, 10:14 AM
Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind    
I wonder if you are dealing with a bad case of ulcers.
Good observation.
    02-28-2011, 10:58 AM
I was thinking ulcers but I couldn't afford the scope at the time, she seems to have improved eating a good amount of hay, of 5 to 10 pounds. I thought of it because she was a race horse and thought maybe something made them worst? Is there any way to treat them that wouldn't be harmful if she doesn't? Or without the vet scoping? Thanks for the support, and dee that is so sorry you had to go through that, I remember when my baby sister had something wrong that caused seizers, and my mom so helpless and I imagen you felt the same way.
    02-28-2011, 11:01 AM
It is not uncommon for people to treat for ulcers having never scoped to see if they were really there.

The drugs to actually treat for ulcers are pretty expensive.

5 pounds of hay is not really that much.
    02-28-2011, 11:12 AM
It isn't much but when she wasn't eating anything it a good start, and just checked on her too and she has finished off 10 pounds since this morning, which is half her normal amount that she eats. She'll be given that again tonight. I guess when I said 5 I meant from what was given this morning (around 10 ) to now.
    02-28-2011, 11:15 AM
At this point you might want to consider giving her all the hay she wants. That should help if she has ulcers too.

Is she over weight?
    02-28-2011, 11:34 AM
Alfalfa cubes soaked would be a good choice if you can get them they ahve been shown to soothe ulcers.

Can you get genertic Zantec(rantidine)? If so the dosage is 3mg per 100 IF I remember right.

Reducing the sugars and starches from her diet will also help

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