She's over 30, and was colicky earlier today. After a call to the vet and some banamine, she seems better but still has very loose poops.
She's been looking kind of 'drawn' these past 2 weeks so we upped her feed and added some soaked beet pulp to try to get more liquid in her. She doesn't have too many teeth left so has been getting soaked feed, hay pellets and no hay for years now. She's been getting electolytes. She just seems to be having more trouble with the really hot weather, and we've had some really hot stretches here in NJ lately. She's in the barn with fans during the day, and out at night.
I'm going to try adding some apple juice to her water to see if that will get her to drink more.
Anyway, I'm worried about this sweet old girl (her name is Sugar) and hope that she feels better soon. Jingles are appreciated !
Jingling for your dear old sweetie, this rotten heat is the last thing that an elderly horse needs. Hang in there, Sug! Sometimes I've had luck with a little loose salt on the gums to get the thirst going.
JMHO, while the beet pulp is a good idea, fermentation of the fiber in horses not receiving hay is a likely suspect in the colic.
What has worked for us is the old racetrack style of cooking feed in a bucket with a heat stick. Using a 5 gal bucket makes it easiest to adjust the liquid to grain ratio. It does not take a lot of time 10/15 minutes. We have mixed in all kinds of concentrates. You can adjust the level of soupiness to the horse's preference or tolerance. They especially look forward to it when you cook it near their stall and they can smell and see you preparing it for them.
IDK if it is true or not but old timers used to say cooking broke down the starch which allegedly reduced the risk for laminitis.
She's not getting a ton of beet pulp, basically just a handful because we just started, and it's the shreds that are soaked ... will mention this to the BO . She gets a good amount of other stuff as well (alfalfa hay pellets and sr feed).
We're giving her probiotics too, figured it can't hurt anything.
Update - the old girl seemed much better today. Perkier and begging for treats and more like her old self. She was very interested in eating her breakfast and dinner 'slop' and seems to be drinking pretty good.