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post #1 of 12 Old 04-27-2013, 06:12 AM Thread Starter
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*IMPORTANT* know your horse!

It's presently 'colic season' here in Australia. Unfortunately several people I know have had horses go down already and it's only early in the season. One horse was sadly unable to be saved - his poor owners are devastated - and the other really bad case is currently at the vet clinic being treated. Three of us were struggling to keep this particular mare from throwing herself to the ground.

The first sign the presently sick mare showed? Her head carriage was not quite right. She naturally has quite a high head/neck carriage and today was holding her head at a 'normal' height, for another horse. Not for her. That progressed to laying down a lot, but not looking unhappy - just looking like she was happily sunbathing. I checked her on my way past [because I know she colicked yesterday, so everyone and his dog who knows about it has been checking on her] and then 20 minutes later found myself helping to try to keep her from throwing herself on the ground. The vet was thankfully called early in the piece and the horse is now at the hospital being treated but it's the worst colic I have ever seen, so while the vet is hopeful, the owners are worried sick.

Please know your horse, know what's normal, so you can pick up on the subtle signs it may show that something isn't right! The sooner you can call the vet, the better the outcome for everyone involved. This is a very very sick horse that, to someone who doesn't know her, looked perfectly healthy... up until the point where she started throwing herself to the ground. Violently.

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post #2 of 12 Old 04-28-2013, 12:55 AM
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Ah, that's just heartbreaking. If anything, I think I'm hypersensitive to anything my mare does that could indicate a problem of any kind. I'm sure my very kind BOs have privately rolled their eyes at me a couple of times, but I firmly believe in better safe than sorry. When my mare did not cross her pen to greet me with a nicker yesterday as is her habit, I immediately knew something was wrong. Thankfully, it is only an abscess on her right fore heel which is coming along nicely and causing her much less discomfort even after treatment today and yesterday. Horses can be so fragile sometimes.
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post #3 of 12 Old 04-28-2013, 01:06 AM Thread Starter
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I felt so bad making that poor little mare walk, but it was the only way to keep her on her feet :/

Better a wasted vet visit than a dead horse, for sure! I firmly believe no vet visit is ever truly wasted, no matter how "unnecessary", because if it turns out to be nothing, that's your mind set at ease. If it turns out to be something serious, then you catch it quick and maximise your horse's chances of survival.

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post #4 of 12 Old 04-28-2013, 02:08 AM
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Three times I've caught a colic on a horse that was pasture boarded, when I went down to get "my" horse and saw another horse acting odd. There just a wierd vibe that things aren't right. The first thing I usually notice is the elevated breathing. I call it "chugging".

But, anyway, I am curious as to what causes colic to happen in a "season" in Australia?
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post #5 of 12 Old 04-28-2013, 02:13 AM
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Colics tend to crop up a lot around this time of year over this way because the first rains have started to come through and there is new green shoots of grass coming up. Since they are such new shoots they don't have a solid root system and when the horse grazes on them they tend to pull the whole lot up, including the dirt attached to the roots. Tends to lead to a lot of sand colic.

Then there tends to be another colic "epidemic" when the rich spring grass starts coming through at the end of winter too.

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I see.

Our grass here is SO, SO green right now. It grows so fast you can hear it growing. The horses are all tending to fat. I worry a bit about Z, since, as a draft, he tends to be an easy keeper. So far, he is fine, but he needs more riding than me and his owner together can give.
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post #7 of 12 Old 04-28-2013, 06:46 AM
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definitely is sick season in aus, one of ours have laryngitus:(
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post #8 of 12 Old 04-28-2013, 11:12 PM Thread Starter
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TBforever, wow, I've never heard of a horse with laryngitis before. Now I think of it I feel silly for not considering the possibility... they get colds and flu just like us, so why not?

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TBforever, wow, I've never heard of a horse with laryngitis before. Now I think of it I feel silly for not considering the possibility... they get colds and flu just like us, so why not?

It is pretty much when we have laryngitus, he has ulcers on the larycs, can't eat, he is manageing to eat hay slowley, go figure lol, he wont eat anything slushy just falls back out his mouth, been a week now and he's still not well still dribbling in morning, he's lost weight, vet said she's been called to other horses in area with laryngitus, thanfully our other horses havent been affected
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post #10 of 12 Old 04-28-2013, 11:46 PM
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I must be doing something right or I have horseshoes up my patooty, but in all the many decades of owning horses and keeping & training other peop's horses, not one single case of colic. There I said it, I have now jinxed myself!
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