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  1. #1
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    Default Horse Position while giving an Enema?

    I'm not going to go into detail because it's not my horse, but I've only ever given Enema's to foal's and horse's who were standing.. the mare in question is exhausted and struggling to stand, plus is a kicker so i'm thinking maybe it'd be better if she's laying down - does it still "work" if she's laying down? (ETA: Vet is not available)



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    You don't give enemas to adult horse. It won't work. Hope you can find a vet soon.


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    Can you elaborate more as to what is going on?



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    Can you give it some Banamine? Better to do nothing than cause a life-threatening rectal tear attempting to give a struggling horse something it doesn't need.


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    I second what Laurie said. Enemas do not work in adult horses. I worked in an equine hospital for 4 years and never gave one.
    Only two emotions belong in the saddle: One is a sense of humor. The other is patience.



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    Strange. Our vet never mentioned not to give an adult an enema? :S

    Either way, unfortunately we lost the mare last night before I even made it to the barn. Everything short of an enema and/or surgery was done (such as banamine) prior to starting this thread.

    She was severely impacted.

    Thanks everyone.



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    You could give an enema but it would be as effective as spitting into the wind. The vet gives oil and fluid by the gallon via nasogastric tube as well as giving fluid via IV if necessary, not a tiny bit of oil or saline in the rectum.


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    I agree with Laurie. Enemas in an adult horse are pointless. You can't get enough fluid far enough in to do anything (other than potentially cause a fatal rectal tear).



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