Colicing horse??? Need advice fast please
9am – horse wasn’t her normal self, we thought she was colicing, so we started walking her
9:15am – horse poops, we think we’re being paranoid, so we let her go
9:16am – horse walks 100 feet and lays down (not rolling, just laying down)
9:17am – we get her up and start walking her again
10am – load her on the trailer, go to meet horsey friend to get banamine (ours is expired). drive ~40 miles roundtrip with horse on trailer
11:45am – horse poops on trailer
12:15pm – i finally find the vein and give 16-1700 pound horse 12cc’s of banamine
12:15-1pm – she’s not interested in food and is kicking at her stomach
1pm – she starts acting normal and wanting to eat so we turn her out to graze with the other horses
1pm-8pm – she’s grazing but not eating a lot, not laying down or rolling, seems normal
8pm – we bring her in for the night (at night the horses stay in a 1-2 acre field with round bales, during the day they’re turned out on 40 acres to graze)
As soon as we brought her in at 8pm she laid down on the hay. She’s not rolling and her gut is making a little bit of sound but not much, and she’s not eating. We put her on the trailer and she immediately pooped (so that’s at least 3 times today) and drove her around for 10 minutes or so.
She is now tied up to the trailer and is kicking at her stomach every minute or so. She has a flake of hay in front of her but is not eating it.
…And of course our vet is on vacation until tomorrow and the nearest emergency clinic is 2 and a half hours away and we can't get ahold of anybody there either, so they might not even be open. Should we head out now and hope for the best or is there something we can do here? Does this even sound like colic or am I trying to treat the wrong thing?
If it's colic, it's mild because she's defecating & has gut sounds, her gut IS working. Keep watching until you can get her over to the vet's.
Is the poop normal? Soft? Black as if w/sand? Extra large? Is she drinking water?
I agree with waresbear; if it's colic it's earlly. You might want to give her a tablespoon or two of salt in a small handful of feed to get her thirsty; she needs to be drinking more than usual to stay hydrated. Otherwise, I wouldn't give her anything to eat until you know she is not colicing for sure.
You also might check her heart rate and breathing rate and temperature now and every few hours; if that is normal now, good sign; if it changes, you'll be able to tell the vet and that's important information to have.
I like Laidytrails advice. Our pony coliced a few months back and she would get better and then get worse over several hours. She was still pooping and had gut sounds. She didn't improve on her own so I ended up having to call the vet and he gave her pain meds and she was quite dehydrated so he put in a line and gave her fluids and she bounced right back!
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