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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Last edited by Cowgirls Boots; 08-04-2013 at 12:34 AM.