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post #1 of 18 Old 08-04-2013, 12:28 AM Thread Starter
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Horse has small bouts of colic..

So yesterday I picked up my new free lease (with the option to buy). He's a 16 year old Haflinger gelding. No health issues I've been told of, besides one little colic episode he had with the lady who leased him before I did. Her horses beat him up and kicked him out of the shed and it was pouring and she found him shivering and acting colicy. She gave him banamine and towel dried him and he was fine. This was back in spring.

Fast forward to today. He was acting fine not nervous or anything. He was turned out into the grass ring with my friends mini and this ring boarders the pasture he will be in so he met all his soon to be pasture mates and all was well. Although, our farm is infested with clover so he got the slobbers which made me nervous as he wasnt drinking alot to begin with.

So I fed dinner and all was fine. He drank an okay amount while out and ate his feed. He seemed alittle preoccupied in his stall but that was only his second day here. So I turned him back into the ring to graze alittle more.

I go back to the barn around 8 pm and he was fine. got his stall ready and went out to get him. He seemed okay but kinda groggy. I just brushed it off cause he looked fine. I put him in his stall and he didn't touch his hay and I knew something was up. He also parked out once like he had to urinate but nothing happend. And he kept flipping his lip up excessively which I thought was odd.

So I started walking him and it became more clear that he was probably alittle colicy. I called the lady who leased him. (I picked him up at her house yesterday) and she discribed to me the symptoms he had when he was colicing with her and he did the same thing with me. So I got off the phone with her, texted his owner and called the vet to come out. I also didn't get a chance to buy more banamine as I used te last of what I had.

Vet gets there and he has an elevated heart beat and he tubed him with mineral water and gave him a shot of banamine. He said he thinks he probably had a mild impaction. He didn't have any sour smell coming out of the tube.

So vet dispensed some banamine to me and went on his way. He said to check on him again in 2 hours and offer him alittle soaked hay. If he's better in the morning then resume normal routine. If not then give him a call.

Vet said it was probably the stresses of moving that caused it. But, the weird thing is that the owner has had him for 5 years and he has never coliced. Not once. But, the lady leasing him before me and I both had him colic on us. She said she doesn't know what it is.

Only thing different I could think of is that the owner never grained him but the lady leasing him before me and I both gave him 1 cup of Nutrenas empower balance ration balancer 2 times a day.

The owner said she doesn't think that would be the culprit because its so little amount of grain. Does anyone have any input? I don't want to buy a horse who continuously colics. Especially because I want to show.
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Sounds to me like a combination of factors. Stress from new environment, change in pasture, change in herd dynamics etc. I'd give it some more time before I'd panic and expect this to be a constant or common issue with your new lease. Good luck.
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That's what the vet said as well. The owner asked me to ask the vet what he though because she said he never coliced with her and she thought it was odd he's done it twice. Vet just said its way too coincidental this time being he just got here yesterday.
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Just went back to check on him. He is more alert. Still flipping his lip but very seldomly compared to before. He is pretty sweaty. Hasnt passed any manure. (Vet said he probably wasnt going to anyway, he didn't have much left in him when he did a rectal) he has drank almost a full bucket of water and is licking the salt block. Is eating the little bit of soaked hay I put out which is good.

I'm praying hell be okay by morning. If not vet asked me if I'd consider bringing him to the hospital for IV fluids. Sigh. Hoping that wont have to be the case. I just got this guy and I don't know what the owner would want to do at that point!
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It may be a combination of things, but I would watch the clover in this case. The slobbers are not a problem, but they can become a little dehydrated and "stopped up" even though it seems they are drinking fine, and clover is very rich. It's been so wet here that we are overrun with clover, and we limit our horses to a few hours a day in that pasture to be safe.
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I told the vet about that. Our farm is infested no matter where we turn. He's being limited to only alittle grazing throughout the day until we know he's okay. He's doing better this morning but not 100%. I gave him alittle more banamine and ill be back to hand graze and give some bran mash.
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Bumping. He's acting alittle better. I gave him bran mash with his grain and more soaked hay. He ate the hay for alittle and stopped and just hung out. I grazed him in hand for alittle and he was eating normally. He also has gas alittle bit. Not sure if that's a good or bad sign though.
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Bumping. He's acting alittle better. I gave him bran mash with his grain and more soaked hay. He ate the hay for alittle and stopped and just hung out. I grazed him in hand for alittle and he was eating normally. He also has gas alittle bit. Not sure if that's a good or bad sign though.
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He's acting pretty "normal". I would however not want to see him still acting this way 48 hours out.

If he were mine and had a few mild mystery bouts of colic, I would do a power pack on him in a week or so once he's back to normal. It's cheap insurance and it's not going to do any harm.
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I just called the vet as he still hasn't passed any manure, but as I was on the phone he did leave a small pile.

The vet said he wouldn't be too concerned if he's not acting colicky and hasn't pooped. Although, if by tomorrow he hadn't passed any then they would want to come out and see him again. Sigh.. This horse has got me on pins and needles
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You might look at starting him on a pre and probiotic. While this particular bout may just be stress related, the pre and probiotic can still help keep things regulated so that something like stress doesn't manifest itself into a colic episode..even a mild one.
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