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Jingles please....colic surgery in November..12/2 COLICKING AGAIN

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  • #41
    Hope all is still going well for you two and he's coming along.

    ~Bev

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    Finnegans Wake
    1992
    Irish Sport Horse x Hanoverian
    16.1hh
    bay
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    Finnegans Wake
    1992
    Irish Sport Horse x Hanoverian
    16.1hh
    Finn's photo album http://community.webshots.com/user/finnegan24100

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    • #42
      Hey bounce... we're only 5 days difference in recovery! My mare had her surgery on the 15th. However... she wasn't the fittest mare going in since she had been out of work since October due to pregnancy & foaling. I had only been working her for about 3 weeks before her surgery. One more week until that behind hits the saddle and I can start 30 days of walk conditioning work! YEAH!!!!!!

      *Member of the bad shoulder clique* (open surgery was 1-6-03)
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      Bay colt by Lacoste 5-6-03
      Chevy weaned at 4.5 months
      Next to me at 4.5 months
      Trying to be Superman at 4 months
      *bad shoulder clique * Member of "OMGiH, I loff my Mare" Clique! * Proud owner of a CANTER Cutie!
      My Horses; COMH Page; My Blog

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      • #43
        VTH... any updates? Sounds like your guy is on his way. Seems weird that they want to start working towards his full ration though... depending on how much that is. Are they using Equine Senior or something else? My mare is a lifer with Equine Senior now since this 2nd surgery they want her to stay away from the grain starches to minimize gas build-up.

        Keep us posted! (((HUGS)))

        *Member of the bad shoulder clique* (open surgery was 1-6-03)
        ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~
        Bay colt by Lacoste 5-6-03
        Chevy weaned at 4.5 months
        Next to me at 4.5 months
        Trying to be Superman at 4 months
        *bad shoulder clique * Member of "OMGiH, I loff my Mare" Clique! * Proud owner of a CANTER Cutie!
        My Horses; COMH Page; My Blog

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        • #44
          Jingles for you, VTHokie!
          They don't call me frugal for nothing.
          Proud and achy member of the Eventing Grannies clique.

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            #45
            Just got home from my visit with Xpress, and he is doing good. The jingles are working!
            He was started on wet beet pulp and senior feed today. And is at 3 flakes of hay for a day. He had a little stomach discomfort when I was there early in the day, and was lifting his back leg and pawing in front but he had two bowel movements around that time and the vet thinks it's just discomfort from that. When I returned in the afternoon he was very happy and begging for treats, and pooped again. (Never been so happy to see poop.) Yay!
            He's off fluids and should be off the antibotics and all drugs I think by tomorrow. And Sunday looks like the official release date.

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            • #46
              Yippee! Keeping our fingers (& hooves) crossed for your boy's continued speedy recovery!

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              • #47
                <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by VTHokie:
                Never been so happy to see poop.
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                Funny huh? I was so happy to see poops. I was keeping count for a while. Then don't get started on the texture, color & smell - those alone tell a whole story. Only horse people!!!!

                ~Bev

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                Finnegans Wake
                1992
                Irish Sport Horse x Hanoverian
                16.1hh
                bay
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                Finnegans Wake
                1992
                Irish Sport Horse x Hanoverian
                16.1hh
                Finn's photo album http://community.webshots.com/user/finnegan24100

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                • #48
                  VAHokie
                  That is so great to hear! Give him a big kiss for me. Is he still scheduled to come home on Sunday? Poor guy. How is his weight looking?
                  Grab mane and kick on!

                  http://www.ashleykriegeleventing.com/

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                    #49
                    Piper - He does look a little thinner than before but not too bad. Hopefully, since they're starting him on feed so soon he won't lose too much weight. Yes, he should be going home Sunday.
                    Give me a call tomorrow I've got other unrelated bad news to share. I really have got the worst luck.

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                    • #50
                      VAHokie
                      Oh honey, I am sorry to hear more bad news! I swear this has not been a great year for you! I will give you a call tonight after I hand graze my boy. He is doing better, swelling down a lot, pretty sound now, much better spirits. He does back next Tuesday to be ultrasounded again and then can go out. We are moving into our new place next weekend. Wish me luck on finding boarders! Anyway, I will give you call I hope things start looking up.
                      Grab mane and kick on!

                      http://www.ashleykriegeleventing.com/

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                      • #51
                        Yay for Xpress! So glad to hear he's doing well.

                        I hope my horse can come home this weekend, too, but since they haven't figured out what's wrong yet, it's not looking too good.
                        At least he's acting like himself!

                        Yes, only horse people get excited about moist, green pooh


                        ~* Be kind to one another *~

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                          #52

                          Xpress made the trip home safely. And is staying in the huge foaling stall to help make things feel a little less confining for the next 30 days.
                          Anyone know the best place to buy one of those stall toys, the Boredom Breaker and Lik-Its? So far the best price I've seen is $39. at Dover, I think that may be the best.

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                          http://community.webshots.com/user/xpresssmom

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                          • #53
                            Im glad your horse is safe and recovering!
                            ~!Founder of the Will Faudree Lovers Clique!~
                            ~*Founder of the Friesians Clique*~
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                            I LOVE JON!!!!!! and Flip of course and DENNY, LUCKY, Jaybird, Tyler, PT, Peter, Tugboat and more, all the horses that I have lov

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                            • #54
                              What wonderful news! Glad you had a safe trip back! Hope he settles in okay. Just keep an eye on that incision line for a bit.

                              My mare went back to my trainer's this morning. She was having a grand time outside picking on the two mare she's pastured with and squealing at the neighbor mare. As I was getting ready to leave she dropped & rolled in the mud, got up, and took off bucking and rearing. Silly mare.

                              *Member of the bad shoulder clique* (open surgery was 1-6-03)
                              ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~
                              Bay colt by Lacoste 5-6-03
                              Chevy weaned at 4.5 months
                              Next to me at 4.5 months
                              Trying to be Superman at 4 months
                              *bad shoulder clique * Member of "OMGiH, I loff my Mare" Clique! * Proud owner of a CANTER Cutie!
                              My Horses; COMH Page; My Blog

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                              • #55
                                I am so glad he's home!

                                Heaven forbid, let me know if you ever have anything else that comes to see us at the vet school!

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                                • #56
                                  Lots and lots of Jingles!!! I just looked at thehorse.com and they have an article this month on recovering from colic - you can see it here I feel soooo lucky that I haven't had to deal with that (knock on wood). I hope your boy feels better soon!

                                  Erin
                                  Erin
                                  Dodon Farm Training Center - on Facebook

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                                  • #57
                                    Whoopie! He's home

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                                      #58

                                      I'm worried because he's not drinking enough water. He only had about 1/4 of a bucket so far today and I think about the same amount last night. And the poop is looking small, dark and round. Not good.
                                      I'm thinking about stopping off at the store on my way back to the barn tonight for some Gatorade to add to one of his buckets to see if he likes it. Should I just pour a small bottle in with his water?
                                      He's already back on electrolytes as of last night.

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                                      • #59
                                        I wouldn't worry too much. Check with the surgeon if you're really concerned, but 1/4 bucket is pretty good if he's in a little discomfort. Keep pinching his skin to see how quickly it springs back, check his membranes to see if they are dry looking. These will be signs he's becoming dehydrated. Try the gatorade if you like, but I have always found mine will just drink when they are thirsty enough.

                                        Can you do a REALLY soupy bran mash for him, without the oats in the sweetfeed (nothing sharp)? Check with the hospital. Maybe add some applesauce or molasses if they say it's OK. You can get some fluids into him that way if you keep it soupy enough. I had a horse with the stomach flu & it worked for him after a while.

                                        Also, don't worry too much about his manure looking different. I'm sure his food is very different than it was, and it will take a while for his digestive tract to get back to normal .

                                        But definitely, I would call the surgeon to put your mind at ease if you are worried. Best of luck.

                                        Oh, and take his temperature every few hours. Dehydration or infection will probably give him a fever.

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                                        • #60
                                          <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by VTHokie:

                                          I'm worried because he's not drinking enough water. He only had about 1/4 of a bucket so far today and I think about the same amount last night. And the poop is looking small, dark and round. Not good.
                                          I'm thinking about stopping off at the store on my way back to the barn tonight for some Gatorade to add to one of his buckets to see if he likes it. Should I just pour a small bottle in with his water?
                                          He's already back on electrolytes as of last night.
                                          <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

                                          I know what you mean!! I panicked too when I thought my boy wasn't drinking enough. So much so that I called his surgeon at his home on a Sunday morning to ask what to do.

                                          He said to give salt. I said, what about electrolytes? He said electrolytes are for horses that have (over) exerted themselves through excercise/lots of sweating (heat). But if the problem is he needs to drink more or to keep him drinking what one needs to do is make the boy thirsty and let his own body do the work! Hence, supplement his food with a tablespoon of salt. Some horses require less, some more. At the time I called the surgeon he had me putting 2-3 tbls in his food. I'm down to 1 tbls a day everyday till he dies. BTW, he suggested unprocessed sea salt (still has the minerals and stuff in it), or kosher salt, but if you have to regular table salt works.

                                          ~Bev

                                          -----------------------
                                          Finnegans Wake
                                          1992
                                          Irish Sport Horse x Hanoverian
                                          16.1hh
                                          bay
                                          -----------------------
                                          Finnegans Wake
                                          1992
                                          Irish Sport Horse x Hanoverian
                                          16.1hh
                                          Finn's photo album http://community.webshots.com/user/finnegan24100

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