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Horse Colic ????
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jimmyB    Posted 11-15-2003 at 05:30:02       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We have an 11 year old small paint gelding that I suspect has a mild case of colic.

This morning when we let him out of the barn into the field he is slow to begin eating. He stretches repeatedly, rolls and turned twice to look at his belly. This lasted about 15 minutes. That was about an hour ago and he has not shown any signs since.

About two weeks ago I noticed him rolling repeatly. It was a very cold wet day so I brought him in around 3:00 in the afternoon. He was shivering when I brought him in so I put a blanket on him. The shivering stopped and I noticed no further signs that would have indicated colic after he was brought in or the following day.

Any ideas or thoughts about this.

He is currently being feed a large round bale of hay that is in a round bale feeder and a hay net while in the barn at night. His stall is not sand nor is the pasture in which he is turned out into.
There doesn't appear to be any mold in either hay supple. And he is only given about a 1/2 cup of grain (12% Watermill brand)when he is brought into the barn as a treat. Water is available during the day and at night I take his bucket away at around 8:00 to avoid it being spilt.


Lisa Poston    Posted 04-16-2009 at 10:09:27       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have a 30yr. half arab/thoro he has been not feeling well lately everybody thinks its because his old maybe gas colic my friend said we gave him 2tbls. of ginger and 2tbls. of baking soda mixed with warm water in a tube and he seemed to be better in about an hour he lays down alot more and does look as his belly sometimes Iam going to get some mineral oil today cause I do feel maybe he just needs a good movement


bulldinkie    Posted 11-15-2003 at 14:23:05       [Reply]  [Send Email]
What the vet gave me was a beige colored liquid.She said get it in him immediately we did and it wasnt long till he was fine.also I mis read your ammount of sweet feed thats ok.They dont need alot of that.Call your vet rather be safe than sorry.


Linda in UT    Posted 11-15-2003 at 11:21:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
You've been given good advice here.

I'll add my advice to get your horse to a vet. Chilling is a bad sign. There are more treatments than just the mineral oil. Horses aren't like cows when it comes to bellyaches. Surprisingly, horses are far more delicate than most folks would think.

Do not leave a hay net up when the horse is unobserved and unattended. This is just a nightmare waiting to happen. If your horse should happen to get a body part caught in the net when you're not around, he could be severely injured. It wouldn't be a pretty sight.

Your horse must have clean water available 24/7, as others have told you. Taking away his water sets him up for colic, although there could be other factors adding to the cause of the colic.


M.R.    Posted 11-15-2003 at 13:28:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
Something to add in the other treatments, is to take a tablespoon of turpentine an hold up to the navel and allow it to be asorbed. Years ago an old vet had us do this with a case of colic. Don't know if its something in the turpine or just an irritant to help keep them on their feet?


shouldn,t    Posted 11-15-2003 at 09:50:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
take his water away at night they needs acess to clean fresh water 24/7.


kraigWY    Posted 11-15-2003 at 08:58:04       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Call a vet, colic isn't something to fool with, lost one horse last summer to colic and saved one because the vet showed up ( got into my pig food). Colic is nothing to play with, most painful way for a horse to die


bob    Posted 11-15-2003 at 06:50:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
does walking him around when he has these conditions help? If it does I would suspect colic also maybe a little bit of compaction but with your ration seems unlikely I would suggest more exerise for him also check hay for a weed etc


Cindi    Posted 11-15-2003 at 06:30:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
I don't know much about horses, but is his belly swollen? Have you seen him doing any 'business'? If it is colic, it could be the beginning stages so I would watch him close because once it gets the better of him it can get very serious fast. Look for signs that he is processing his food.


jimmyb    Posted 11-15-2003 at 06:58:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have been watching him closely and he is defecating normally. Other then the two described occasions he has been behaving normally.


jimmyb    Posted 11-15-2003 at 06:37:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have been watching him closely and he is defecating normally. Other then the two described occasions he has been behaving normally.


Cindi    Posted 11-15-2003 at 06:44:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well hang in there, maybe someone else will come along who knows more about it. Where's....seaj. She knows about horses.


bulldinkie    Posted 11-15-2003 at 07:42:15       [Reply]  [Send Email]
You need to call the vet if left go it can put him down.There is a liquid dont know the name off hand but the vet will know get it. .Also look into a heated bucket for winter it plugs in keeps water luke to prevent colic.Then keep water there all the time.Cut back on grain a little.We have 2 tennessee walkers.Been there...


LH    Posted 11-15-2003 at 10:50:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
The liquid they give to relieve colic is mineral oil which acts as a laxative but it wont work in severe cases when the gut twists. The important thing with any horse suspected to have colic is to keep them up and on their feet moving to work it through, also call a vet especially if they start chilling which means they are going into shock.


cowgirlj    Posted 11-15-2003 at 18:36:28       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Actually, mineral oil is the "old" method and may not really help. It takes a lot of mineral oil to relieve a collicing horse. Most vets will give Banamine. If he is showing signs of collic, you should take away all food and water and call the vet. Walk him for 10 - 15 minute periods to help relieve discomfort until the vet can get there. If it is not collic, your horse should have access to water 24/7 as has been advised here. Also, if the water is too cold some horses won't drink it, or won't drink enough and will show signs of collic. Take your horses temperature. It should be around 99.9 for normal. If it is higher than 100.9 deffinately call your vet.


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