Pistol coliced...AGAIN! The first time he was 16, we went through several bouts before we got over it, he was doing so well! He coliced again around 20ish... and now here he is at 24 and colicing again... .... UGH!
Had the vet out... $280 later it's a let's see how he does game... He seems like he's doing ok....I keep checking on him.... He pooped once.... it was hard, but it was a poop..... ugh!
Oh no! :( I hope he does okay, I'll pray for him!
Aww poor guy!
Do you know why he is colicing? A change of feed? eating something he shouldn't be? Change in exercise? Change in routine? I know there are a billion other things that can cause it from the inside like ulcers etc but maybe if you can find a reason to prevent it?
he usually suffers from sand colic becuase his teeth are so bad that he drops grain all over the place and then gobbles it up from the ground.... But this time it is actually an impaction colic. Maybe from the dry summer. He must not be drinking as much as he should be. They put water and mineral oil in his tummy today and I had given him banamine. I checked on him a little while ago, he seems to be feeling better although he's still not quite right. He had two poops today, plus the stuff the vet pulled out for him...Hopefully tomorrow he'll be feeling better.
I thought he was dehydrated so I called and talked to the vet on the phone but she said you can't tell like you do w/ regular animals, you know where you pull the skin up and if it stays, they are dehydrated, she said that isn't a good reference for older horses. She said if you were going to do that you'd have to do it at the eyelid.... Anyway... I geuss he's doing a little better this evening... Hopefully by morning I'll see at least a couple nice greasy piles of poop....
If he has such dental issues that he drops lots of feed, lack of chewing may also add to the risk of impaction. You might want to consider switching from grains to a pelleted senior complete feed. These provide better nutrition for senior horses due to their increased digestibility plus they are much easier to eat with the addition of just a little bit of water.
Aww poor old guy :( I am glad he is looking better!
Give him a hug from me!
No, I wouldn't switch from the Equine Senior either--it's what I had in mind. It is a complete senior feed.
If he won't eat it wet, try just adding a tiny amount of water at first--stir it around to make sure that all of the pellets get damp as this helps soften them. Many horses will balk at a sudden serious change in texture but if you do it slowly they won't mind. I had to start our old man out slowly on the wet senior but now he likes it just fine.
The compressed alfalfa may be part of the blockage problem because forage and especially dried forage requires serious chewing in order to digest well. Equine Senior is designed to provide all the fiber necessary in a horse's diet, so you could cut out the alfalfa and just increase the amount of Senior he gets. It will keep the diet balanced as well.
I feed my guys over a piece of plywood that I can sweep off before I feed. I keeps them from eating dirt :D
Awww! I'm glad he's doing a bit better, hope he continues to improve! :D
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