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post #1 of 16 Old 10-09-2012, 01:51 PM Thread Starter
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Gas colic or just gassy?

ive never had a horse colic of any sort before, so im not sure if my gelding has gas colic or is jusy gassy. i hear his tummy almost making a rumbling sound like as if he were hungry, though i know he isnt because he grazes some and also gets fed on a regular schedule, sometimes not eating it all anyways. i also hear him sometimes making these moaning and groaning sounds, and he is farting stinky farts. he is pooping regular though, and he isnt rolling around and more than usual, i dont even see him doing it very often at all during the week but he does roll occasionally. i dont think he is standing weird or even acting like he is uncomfortable... he has been running around and walking around fine and seems to be relaxed quit often always yawning and proping his foot up.... im not sure how to tell if he is just a bit gassy and making some grunting noises or if he may be starting to or slightly colicy and i just dont know it...

if it is either or, i would like to give him a little relief of the rumbles im hearing or something to take away some of his gas, unless it isnt affecting him at all....

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You should hear gas gurgling in your horses belly. That's a good thing. If he's not acting any differently then usual, no signs of pain or uncomfort and is pooping at regular intervals then he is probably fine. Farting and gurgling is a common thing...
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You definatly want to hear the bubbly sound from his belly if you didn't then if be a bit worried but he sounds like he's ok. Keep an eye out to be safe but I think your horse is just fine :)
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Farts and gurgles are good! It means his digestive system is working! If you are worried about him you can always keep a close eye on him for a day or two, but it sounds like since he isn't showing any signs of pain, discomfort or abnormal behavior, he is probably just fine.

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sometimes not eating it all anyways. i also hear him sometimes making these moaning and groaning sounds, and he is farting stinky farts. he is pooping regular though, and he isnt rolling around and more than usual, i dont even see him doing it very often at all during the week but he does roll occasionally. i dont think he is standing weird or even acting like he is uncomfortable... he has been running around and walking around fine and seems to be relaxed quit often always yawning and proping his foot up.... im not sure how to tell if he is just a bit gassy and making some grunting noises or if he may be starting to or slightly colicy and i just dont know it...

if it is either or, i would like to give him a little relief of the rumbles im hearing or something to take away some of his gas, unless it isnt affecting him at all....

thank you
What I highlighted in red are key points.

Horses always finish what's in their feed pans, unless something is wrong or the feed has been changed and they don't like the taste of the new feed.

I am going to say "please call the vet". One of my horses started having excessive gas and so smelly it about knocked my non-smelling nose over

The vet was here to give everyone semi-annual physicals. While this horse runs and cavorts around normally, eats his supplements, hay and grass like he should, something IS wrong with him because his tongue is purple

The vet said that could indicate a blockage and possibly something in the spleen. Because this horse appears otherwise healthy, the vet took detailed notes from me regarding his diet (including pasture and hay), and he paid special attention to this horse's attitude. He was only out here to do physicals, so will be getting back to me on Mr. Purple Tongue:(

Kudos to you for thinking the gas and gurgles are out of normal range for this horse.

If the nearly identical thing weren't happening to my horse, I most likely would have commented the same as everyone else.

Instead, I am saying, it might be best to call the vet
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Agree with Walkin, though I'd add 'too large/rich meals' to the reasons that a horse may not finish his ration(I know someone who complains that her horse takes ages to eat & doesn't finish, but she feeds him only once a day(if that) a rich meal of grain, copra, ricebran and soy... about a 10kg meal!!). Horses aren't designed to cope well on large, infrequent meals & starchy diets.

Gut sounds are good/normal & moaning & groaning can be perfectly normal too BUT if the sounds are unusual for your horse - he's just started it, then they can signify problems. If farts are extra stinky, manure is runny or such, hind gut acidosis is one possibility that comes to mind.
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If you offer food ( and he hasn't eaten in a while) and he won't eat, its a good sign something is wrong. Also kicking at his belly ( no bugs around ) and pawing, starring at is belly is another sign something is wrong.

Rolling is normal however if he is showing any above signs and rolling, do not let him roll, make him walk. Pooping is good, a horse poops alot in a day, when he pees and it a very small amount, something could be wrong.
stomach noises are good you always want to hear that.
if you feed alot of dry feed/ suplements you may want to add some water, so he doesn't constipate and make sure he has free access to fresh water at all times.
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How old is he? For the last 10 years of his life my old QH rumbled, groaned and farted like there was no tomorrow. He was just getting old and not as efficient in his digestion as he had been. He lived to be 32, so that's why I'm asking about age.

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And for hay he gets a special mix they usually use for show horses to keep their coats healthy, mixed with just some grass hay. I give one flake of each and mix it all together. And just a small scoop of vitamins morning and night. He grazes some but we had a hard summer here in Nebraska so I would only account for as much as a snack really.. And for the most part e eats it up, especially if I leave it but sometimes he eats a bit then meanders off to do something else or to follow me aroun instead.. I don't see him pawing or kicking or buying at his stomach or looking at it or anything, and his poop is regular consistency not running or anything either.. Maybe I just started noticing his grunts and groans more than before but ill keep an eye on it, and his farts are just stanky horse farts lol Ill have to just watch the next few days but it may just be regular gas and I'm just a worry wart momma
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If you are feeding rich alfalfa, yeah, their farts are especially nasty.
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