In my naivety, I believe my horse has developed colic from eating Equea pellets and not enough hay. I was feeding pellets to get some weight back on her that she lost while I was away in May. I ran out of hay a week ago and didn't for one second think this would cause a problem as I had the pellets and she was getting an ice cream container full each day.
This afternoon, my poor girl was pawing the ground, hanging her head, laying down then getting up, standing really stiff in the back legs and breathing very fast. I called the vet and they advised a few things and a shot of bute, she has improved heaps since then. Her resp rate is down, she is much more relaxed and I have had her walking around periodically over the last few hours.
When I am observing her, she is not exhibiting any of the discomfort behaviours at all, she is quite rested though still breathing a bit faster than normal I think.
How long do I keep walking her for?
Your vet is not willing to come out and examine the horse?
If you have been feeding these pellets for a while and your horse is showing signs of colic now I am doubtful the pellets are the cause of the colic. Something as simple as a change in the weather can cause a horse to colic.
Has she been manuring?
Is she drinking?
Is she dehydrated?
Does she have gut sounds?
You do not want to walk them to exhaustion. But walking can get things moving inside (gas and manure). It is kind of a fine balance. I would let her rest and keep an eye on her.
Has she been manuring? Yes
Is she drinking? Not that I have seen this evening but in the last few days yes.
Is she dehydrated? She did a big wee while I was with her earlier this evening.
Does she have gut sounds? I can't really hear anything and haven't pressed my ear directly to my belly. When I go near her belly, she lifts her back leg! I have heard her passing a bit of gas though.
Just went and checked her again, she walked from one side of the paddock over to me for a pat, quite relaxed and then over to a bucket of fresh water I had put and she had a drink.
She is 1000% better compared to 5 hours ago.
If she is manuring, eating, and drinking, I'd also consider ulcers. The kicking out when you attempt to get close to her belly was a red flag for me, especially since she hasn't had any hay. I am NOT a vet, so please don't take my word for it, as possible colic is so very serious, but I might try giving her a dose of ProCMC. If she has developed ulcers, this will give her a little bit of relief for a short time. If a vet comes out and diagnoses ulcers, get Gastrogard or Ulcergard ASAP!!
Good! Sometimes you can feel by gently pressing on the belly past the rib cage for gut movement if she wont let you put your head there. Glad she is doing better this morning! I am having to run one of mine to keep her farting so she doesnt gas colioc. I know it started when I ended up having to buy different feed for a week to get us through till I could hit the feed store & now I believe she is still gassy because of our intense heat! 115° yesterday!!! No end in sight to this massive heat wave either! We are in an extreme drought now!
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I think Zimpatico has a good idea with ulcers. Lack of long stem forage can really bother ulcers.
Extreme heat is enough to cause colic. It is hard to keep some of them hydrated.
Thanks for the tip on the ulcers, will keep an eye on her behaviour and see if anything is still going on.
Just checked her (it is morning here) and she is absolutely fine. Resp rate back to normal, drank plenty of water overnight, walked from the front of the paddock up to me no problems.
115F?? That is insane!! We get hot days here but that is extreme. I hope you get some rain and cooler weather soon.
Glad to hear she's feeling better! I would definately watch her for signs of ulcers. They won't go away on their own, but she will have times when it irritates her, and times when she seems ok. If she starts to get girthy, grumpy, kicks out, or antsy & rolling like colic (but she's pooping and eating normally), I would call the vet about ulcers. An ulcery horse needs as much roughage as you are able to keep in front of them and limited amounts of grain. If you're worried about her keeping weight (slightly underweight can be another sign of ulcers as well), you can try a ration balancer added with fat builder, and lots and lots of hay. Good luck!
We keep getting rain all aroumd us....watch it build & move away..... I am praying for a wet fall!!! We so need it!
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