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post #1 of 11 Old 02-04-2010, 02:05 PM Thread Starter
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First colic (he's ok though)

Soda colicked last night. First time I've ever had to deal with this *knock on wood*. I need to get this out, so I'm telling the story on here. My best horse friend is out of town.

I got home and went out to feed a little earlier than usual. He didn't give me his usual head up, nickering greating and he wasn't interested in eating his grain or hay. I was already thinking "colic" but then he went to lay down and was kicking at his belly as he went down. So I got him up, walked him around, palpated his belly/flanks and he was REALLY sensitive. Pinned his ears and swung his head back at me. Not a bite threat or anything, just a "ouch that hurts" signal. Check his vitals, pulse is normal, CRT normal, mucous membranes normal. Argh, but I don't like the localized sensitivity, not hungry attidude, the belly kicking, and he barely had any gut sounds. So I call the vet. She agrees with me and tells me I can come get some Banamine or she can come out now. Told me that usually Banamine will clear this up pretty well. I go get the Banamine give it to him and go in to eat and let it kick in.

I came back out and he seems to be in a better mood. Much more cheerful anyways and nibbling at the hay. All the vitals are still good, so I call the vet and let her know. My boyfriend came over (we had a dinner date at my friend's house that I missed) for a bit and I told him that I'd check on Soda one last time and maybe come over. I go out to check him and he's looking like crap again. Now his belly looks really weird (it's dark so I can't see that well) and he's really tight/tense. Call the vet, she says to give him a little more Banamine (we light dosed him the first time, she didn't quite believe me when I said he was about 1200lbs) and give it some time.

So I dose him and start walking. We watched some coyotes running around in the neighboring feild. He lipped at some snow and hay, but didn't really change. I ended up calling the vet at this point. I didn't like the way his belly/flanks looked or how tight they were. We'd talking about bloating in class but I'd never actually seen it on the outside of a horse, so I started worrying that he was bloating. If that was the problem it was really bad news.

When the vet gets there she immediately puts my bloating worries to rest (apparently it's extremely visible in the flank region, you won't mistake it for anything else). After getting him into the light (don't know why I didn't think of this before ) we determine that he's just flexing all of his belly muscles so that's why he looks "weird" and is so tight (I'm feeling like a complete moron now). Vitals are still good and guts sounds are a little better now. I'm thinking that I'm just a total moron, but she says since she's here she might as well suit up and make sure he isn't twisted or have a major impaction.

She gets in there and starts pulling poop out right away, it was really hard and dry and there was a good bit of it. After that she decided to tube him and give some mineral oil and water. He took it really well (he was sedated of course) but still didn't need a twitch or anything. She told me that it was probably good that I called her as these can turn into something that needs to go in pretty quickly if the horse isn't eating or drinking. The impaction just gets worse and worse until they need to be over-hydrated to loosen everything up. And I don't have the cash right now for a $1000 university vet bill. So I felt better about having her out.

He's doing better this morning. Still quite, but nickered when he saw me and was eating a little bit. Even drank some water, though I think it was more to humor me than anything else. She told me we gave him enough water that he probably wouldn't feel like drinking until today sometime. I'll go check on him a little later, but it seems like he's gonna be fine.

It's funny though. I've spent the last couple of years trying to not get attached to him. I don't have a lot of money and the job situation isn't good, so I've always said "if I have to sell him....." This whole situation (as minor as it may seem) just made me realize that he really is my "dearling" and a big part of my heart. **** I love that horse. And it just killed me to think that I wouldn't have the power to save him if it was the worse.

Anyways, thanks for reading my long, poorly written story. I just needed to get that all out.
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post #2 of 11 Old 02-04-2010, 02:09 PM
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Wow, that is scary. I'm glad that it worked out and he is feeling better. Amazing how quickly they can find all the right strings in our hearts, isn't it?
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God, that has to be one of the scariest things for me! Danny lightly gas colicked on Saturday. I knew he had a history of it when I bought him, but I knew something was up when he was kicking and ****y on the crossties. I took him to the indoor to let him walk and he immediately went down, nosing at his belly. It took everything I had in me not to panic! A syringe of pepto and about 20 minutes of walking was all it took to get a couple of farts out, and he was good to go! Let him in the indoor for the night so he could move around and we drove back to the barn twice that night to check on him (my fiance even cleaned up his poop in the indoor at 1:00 am!) I was relieved it wasn't any worse, but in a way I was also kinda glad to now know his signs. Every horse reacts a little differently so it sort of set my mind at ease that now I know what to watch for.

Glad your boy is ok! It's funny how quickly we become protective over them and how sometimes it takes something traumatic to make us realize how much we really do love them!

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Thanks guys. I've been emotionally out of sort all last night and this morning. But I'm feeling better now. Still worried about my boy, but it was cathartic (sp?) to actually admit that I love my horse. Weird maybe, but for some reason I was trying to not let him all the way in. Probably because I've been so worried about finances basically since I bought him and I didn't want to get too close just to lose him. But now I'd rather enjoy every moment I have with him and if the second to worse ever happens at least I gave him my all while I could.

I was telling my friend about this today and she told me she couldn't believe it's taken me this long to admit it to myself cuz she's seen it for a long time. Funny how your friends sometimes understand your feelings better than you do.

Thats a good way to look on the bright side Luvmyperch, now I know what he acts like when he's colicking. I'm glad your boy is ok. It's hard to see them in pain like that. Darn horses :)
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I've never had a horse colic either *knock wood* I never do.
I do know exactly how you feel about the heart getting involved with animals. I grew up on a farm and have always guarded myself against getting too attached. Animals die on a regular basis on a farm and I learned early to not get upset about it. Vida has made me throw all those years of "no big deal if they die" sentiment out the window.

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I get attached to everyones horses lol. I have to keep my mouth shut now, otherwise Id be promising everyone if they had to sell their horse I would buy it.

Glad he's ok, and it was only a minor episode. I drove up to the barn a few weeks ago and arrived to see my yearling lying on his side not moving. I started to panic, but realized thats really not gunna do me any good, if he's dead there is no need to rush over and scare my mare. Turns out he was just sleeping. I rustled him up, and he took the biggest poop. That relieved my anxiety. Who would have thought that a poop could be soo exciting hehe. Both of my horses love to take naps and scare everyone (maybe on purpose?)

I just realized I dont have any banamine, I've got pleanty of bute though. I definatly need to add that to my first aid kit. My neighbor's horse has a history of colic so they have a IM shot on hand for him. I think its potasium or something like that. Ive yet to have a horse colic on me, but I've delt with just about everything else.
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post #7 of 11 Old 02-04-2010, 03:09 PM
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Glad he is ok.

He'll be quiet for a good 24 hours. All that banamine on board and the after effects of the tranq. Probably feeling kinda loopy.

PLEASE know it was nothing you did wrong. He is a horse. Period.
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Thanks, I noticed that he hasn't been acting "normal" today and have been trying not to get worried. Took him on a little walk around the paddock this evening. He's finally starting to act more normal though. He started out by "grazing" the snow but moved to the hay piles.

I really hope I didn't do anything. I checked the hay and I didn't see anything unusual. I've owned him for almost 2.5 yrs now and never a colic. My friend owned him for like 6mnths before that and no colic either. You're right though. He's a horse and we all know how they are.

Thanks everyone for your understanding and support.
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O Yay!! He gave me the biggest nicker this morning when he saw me and was all over his grain. Then he went and drank some water and walked around the paddock searching for the best hay pile! I'm so happy he's back to normal
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I am glad everything came out in the end, and that your lovely is doing well. Colic is very scarey to go through, I just went through a horrible spout with Nelson - horrible to the point of where the vet said Surgery, which translates into Death.

Mine came about from stress and meds.

I have started Nelson on a suppliment from SmartPak that helps the digestive tract and stomage do it's job smoothly, and helps in preventing Gas Colic - called Smart Gut.

Problem is, lol, Nelson doesn't like it because it is in powder I have to figure out a way to make him take it, or sell it. Smart Pak is coming out with Smart Gut in a pelleted form in March or April, I am looking forward to that.

Best of luck with your Poneh! I hate mentioning the C word *knock on wood*

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