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Went out to feed the horses and apparently Annalie broke through the big sliding door and somehow managed to get into the grain room (which was shut and locked, she's known to break things). She got a hold of about 1/4 of a bag of pellets and half a bail of hay. Arabella could have gotten some but I doubt it because Annalie doesn't share well. I called the local vet and didn't get answer but left a message (surprise surprise) so I called the next vet and he is already on an emergency call. She's in her stall with water and hay....What do I do?

Edit: I might add that this is the Haflinger who is already overweight.
 

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How much of that feed does she normally get at a feeding?

In other words, is eating a 1/4 of the bag (12 pounds) of grain a huge increase over what the thing normally gets?
 

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Joe, sounds like you've done everything right so far. Now it's a waiting game.

If she consumed an overabundance of food she could develop laminitis, but I know you're already aware of that.

Sit tight, and wait to see what the vet has to say.

Good luck!
 

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A gigantic increase, she gets maybe a 1/2 a cup a day.
 

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If you are worried you can start cold hosing or ice booting the front feet.
 

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Ok vet just called back. Said I had to stop by and get bute.... I'll let you guys know what happens.
 

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Ok vet just called back. Said I had to stop by and get bute.... I'll let you guys know what happens.
Bute? For what purpose?

If she does have a laminitis episode, you are going to want banamine - IV ASAP.

As was mentioned - Cold hose and ice! Do not let the heat build her her hooves.
 

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I am with MLS, I am a little surprised by the bute thing. Let us know what the vet says.
 

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I was surprised by the bute thing too. I thought bute was for pain. I shouldn't go get it then..?
 

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Having bute is never a bad thing.

I assume someone there will tell you what the vet has planned once you get there, no?
 

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No, you can, because having bute on hand is a good thing. But I'd think banamine would be indicated in this instance, instead of bute.

Banamine's an antiinflammatory, which is what you'd need to combat laminitis.
 

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She did partly mention bantamine, but in a off note. I'll ask her about it when I get there. She said she is on farm calls until 3. I'm going out to the barn to watch the horses until then.
 

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If your horse will let you put her front feet into a bucket of ice water.

If she will not do that, at least cold hose them.
 

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Butes as an anti-inflammatory as well. At the barn our horses used to stay at before we brought them home. There were quite a few horses that got into the feed room. We did a tablet of bute in each feeding and hydro-therapy on each hoof, 20mins, 3 times a day. Luckily... we stopped anything before it could get started.
 

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Butes as an anti-inflammatory as well. At the barn our horses used to stay at before we brought them home. There were quite a few horses that got into the feed room. We did a tablet of bute in each feeding and hydro-therapy on each hoof, 20mins, 3 times a day. Luckily... we stopped anything before it could get started.
IV is much faster and more effective on an acute case of laminitis.

Why in the world are you feeding horses that got into the feed??
 

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I hosed her legs for 15 minutes. I don't really have anything that her huge feet will fit in unless I use their water trough. I'll have to run and get a big bucket and some ice if the hosing isn't enough....

Both the horses are acting fine.... No swishing tails, biting at stomachs, lameness, legs aren't hot, no rolling, nothing abnormal.
 

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I was wondering if it would be ok to leave them alone for an hour so I can run to the store and get the stuff and then go to the vet to get the bute?
 

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IV is much faster and more effective on an acute case of laminitis.

Why in the world are you feeding horses that got into the feed??

It was not my horse, nor my choice. I just know thats what they did. As far as I know it was just enough for the horse to eat the bute. If it was mine, they would NOT have been fed... but like I said not my call.
And I know that IV is much faster. I just figured... I'd mention that bute is indeed an anti-inflammatory as well. And at 2 tablets a day... it pretty much stays in the system and works all day. My vet would much rather give a horse bute over banamine.
 

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If they are acting fine I do not see any reason you can not run to the vets, etc.
 
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