Kitty the pony is colicy. It's all my fault. I mixed some corncob in her with her shavings bedding last night because it was recommended as being absorbent. She must have eaten some, since nothing else changed. Not a lot, there wasn't much there to begin with and not much seems to be missing .
At six the Bo found her down and cast. Got her up and walked her. Seemed fine. 20 min later she was down again. Sweating. I came out and called the vet. Had us give half dose of banamine. By the time he arrived at seven fifteen she seemed fine. All vitals normal heart rate 28 gut sounds great etc. he didn't do anything else.
Now she is still unhappy. Laying down pretty calmly. Not thrashing. But doesn't feel good. Occasionally tries to roll. Not sweaty, breathing rate 24. Pooped a little with no bedding in it. I don't know her heart rate can't find it. Still doing the lip thing.
I'm so scared. It's all my fault. I'm afraid she will die. My husband left me and I miscarried three weeks ago. I can't take any more. Jingles and prayers please ?
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Yikes! You've been through the wringer.
I would call your vet and explain that she is uncomfortable again. IMHO she should be rectally palpated, and probably tubed with at least water of not mineral oil, just to be on the safe side.
As Peter, Paul, and Mary say, a dragon lives forever.
Agreed. Please have the vet come out promptly. This pony needs to be evaluated to see if this is a displacement or impaction. If she's impacted, she might be put on IV fluids (and your vet can give you instructions on how to maintain a catheter and fluids at home if you're not squeamish).
If this is a displacement, he may be able to sedate her and roll her a few times, if she's small, in the hopes of things rolling back into place... but this is a pretty extreme method and not many vets will do this for you. I'm assuming she's not a surgical candidate.
You have to stop blaming yourself. Horses can and will colic if the moon is in the wrong phase. If you ever have a chance to see diagrams of their digestive tract, it's amazing they don't colic more often.
Please don't beat yourself up anymore over this. You've been through enough already... which is *holycrap* enough.
Jingles from NC. Virtually everyone of us has been there done that. As a kid I remember staying up with my mother when we would have one colic. Now my daughter stays up with me and good ole mom checks on us.
I'm sorry you are going through all that! I just sat up all night last week with my beloved Thoroughbred who coliced from ulcers. He is doing great now on his meds, and I pray yours will do the same. Please tell the vet to come and tube your horse, that she is still not comfortable. They should also do a rectal or possibly fluids. Many horses find complete relief from that.
And don't beat yourself up over the bedding. It may just be coincidental. I use pine pellets but everyone else at our barn uses those corn cob pellets. There are several horses who eat as lot of them and are not bothered, so who knows? I keep telling them to buy the pine, but the horses seem fine. Best of luck.
Yes, have the vet back out now to re-evaluate. He will likely want to tube her with oil and give more banamine or other meds. If he believes it is an impaction, he may also ask you to get her moving - sometimes a short trailer ride or a jog on the lounge line will help move things along.
Update? Don't beat yourself up, like someone said horses colic if the moon shifts a degree. I just had my first colic Sunday AM, and we are still speculating what happened, because there was no feed change whatsoever and nothing in his diet to colic from.