Jodie breathless: Hi Jeni - called horses up to feed afternoon grain and Rosie didn't come. I went looking for her and found her standing head down and covered in mud from top of ears to tail. Got her up to barn and she wouldn't eat her oats.
Now.. anyone who has horses knows this is typically very unusual.
Me: Uh oh... she drinking? She sweating? Temperature?
Jodie: Looking at her gums she's a bit dehydrated, not sweating, temp is normal, good gut sounds on both sides - but I can see her stomach muscles cramp.
Me: Oh NO!!! She's never coliced on me since I've got her in July, not even when I changed her feed from 12% sweet feed to oats and flaxseed oil.
Jodie: I know - I gave her 1000 lb dose of Banamine and I've been walking her. She's not making any move to lay down and roll. Not kicking up at her belly or biting at her belly.
Very scarey when any horse colics, but man you don't want a 2000 pound 16.5 HH horse colicing... Good thing is we keep enough banamine on hand to treat two horses her size.
She didn't need anymore banamine and after about 40 minutes of walking she took a healthy poo. We turned her loose in the pasture after Bonnie and Karaat finished their grain. Rosie didn't get her oats last night just LOTS of hay. We haven't needed to put the heater in the water trough yet, but I had Jodie do it last night.
This morning when Jodie fed breakfast she ate her oats and flaxseed oil right up. Jodie said she's visited the water trough more today then she noticed yesterday. So I wonder if she's one of those temperature sensitive horses?
Bonnie has only coliced once in the four years I've owned her and I know what caused that.... So not knowing what caused Rosie to have a big ole belly ache is really troublesome to me.