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My sick gelding...(bit long, sorry - and I DID edit it!)
So my boy, Prints, is sick. He's 18, & started to colic Thursday night. We went out for feeding time, & he just wasn't eating, which, for him, isn't normal! Started immediately showing the same signs he showed back in May when he colicked. So, not having any bute or banamine (I know, I know, has been remedied now), I did the old "cowboy remedy" (which worked back in May) & gave him a shot of Jack Daniels & started walking him around. He walked & farted for a while & then laid down. Got him up & walked him a bit, then he just stood. Talked to my vet-tech, horsey-girl friend who gave a few suggestions, & I gave him a "stomach massage" - firm rub underneath from the chest to the tummy. He liked that, & after about 45 mins of that (with walking inbetween) his tummy was relaxing a bit. Hubby went to the store & got some childrens Mylanta, too. He did have a few BM's, & they were becoming a bit more formed. Stalled him up, with just water, & kept a vigil, checking on him every 20-30 mins or so & he was standing until I crashed about 3am. When hubby got up to go to work @ 0415 am, he was still standing.
I got up around 10:30 (slept thru my alarms set for 8!) he was still standing. I went out & I could see where he had laid down, but had gotten up, & there was a little poop in there, too. Hubby got home around 1pm & we were about to leave to go to the feed store...& he laid down & started rolling, then down & not getting up. You could tell he was sick. I ended up calling the vet out, & she tubed him, did a rectal & pulled blood. He's dehydrated, & she did say there was sand in the poop, but didn't feel any blockage. When she tubed, she did get stuff out, a little more than she liked, but she said not enough to indicate anything serious or raise her alarms. The blood will be sent off tomorrow to be tested. As they were getting ready to leave, he started eating grass, & she said that was good, but to get some bran & make a mash with veg oil. I made that for him & he looked at me as if to say "You're joking, right? Where's my real food?" I left him in the stall for about 20 mins, & when I went back out, he was down again, had a hard time getting him back up. Got him back out to the front yard where the grass was, he started eating again, then lost interest. I made up another batch of bran with warm water & he ate a few mouthfuls, then just stood there, at a relaxed stand. He walked out the grassy area, laid down, I got him up, then he stood for a while, then all the sudden, he started eating grass. He gave signs he was ready to go back to the stall, so I lead him back there around 8:30p or so & he drank & has been standing since. (I've been checking him every 20-30 mins)
You know, everyone talks about the ups of being owned by a horse, but this is one of the downs! Thank goodness I'm on vacation from work right now....Just please send good thought his way. Lets hope he beats this..this..whatever it is.
Im so sorry to hear about your gelding, i hope her gets better soon!
I know this may sound strange, but when my horses get colickey I put them in the horse trailor, sometimes even drive them around the block, and they poop, Works almost every time for me. Maybe try it. Good luck to you and your boy.
So I wanted to give an update.
So after I posted, I went to sleep, &, after a few restless hours & a shower, I was greeted by a husband & son with "He wants OUT of his stall!" He had perked up, & was ready to eat! He didn't want the bran mash - he wanted grass, & now! His head was up, eyes more alert, strength back..and most importantly, we have poopage! (I know, crazy thing we horse people get excited about! lol) Brought him into the front yard where he "mowed my lawn" for a while. He made no attempt to lay down, and gobbled down the bran mash that evening. I went out later & gave him some T&A hay as well. This morning, he was even better. Was whinnying for the other horses who were in the back & when I took the dogs out, was nickering for me: "Feed me now!". Gobbled down the bran mash again, and mowed my lawn again. So tonight I gave him some feed in with the mash. His bloodwork came back all clear, the only thing was that he was dehydrated, which we knew.
Sounds like he knew I was fighting for him so he decided to fight for himself. I was prepared for the worst, but I have to admit, it is good to have my "trickster Grandpa" back. Never thought I'd be so happy to be nagged while getting feed ready tonight! :lol:
YEA!!!!! Prints, good boy. So glad he feeling better.
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