yup call another vet. I am sure you are aware that colic can be fatal.
The following management practices can help you avoid colic in your horses:
Feed small amounts frequently.
Be sure clean, fresh water always is readily available, except when horses are hot.
Provide high-quality feed--high forage, low concentrate.
Make feed changes gradually.
Maintain a regular schedule of exercise.
Provide regular dental care to allow for proper chewing.
Maintain a regular worming schedule (once every 2 months or as advised by veterinarian).
Keep foreign materials that could be ingested, such as rubber feeders or fencing material, away from horses.
Do not feed on the ground where sand may be ingested.
Make changes in routine gradually (e.g., trailering, showing, and other stressful situations).
Keep your horses in a pasture, because pasture-kept horses rarely have colic.
at 2:57 PM on Jan. 7, 2009
where do you live that could have something to do with it....i have one that will colic in the summer when our pastures get dry and dusty...she eats too many roots and gets too much "mud" in her intestines...there are a lot of different reasons for colic
at 3:19 PM on Jan. 7, 2009
Is it sand colic? Ask another vet to check for sand colic--or you can by getting some fresh manure and swishing it in a bucket to see how much sand settles. We had a horse colic because of this--the others have been fine---he hasn't since we treated him for it.
at 10:58 PM on Jan. 7, 2009
Another cause for colic is an abrupt change in pasture. Grasses can be differen from pasture to pasture as rain run off etc can increase or decrease vitamins and minerals. What breed of horse do you have?
at 10:30 AM on Jan. 8, 2009
Bailey is a ThroughBred... I was thinking about this last night and am going to research on it more today if time permits.
But several years back when I had quarter horses a family member had a few ThroughBreds and Arabs, well Izzy was a OTT TB and he used to colic alot.. and ended up dying from it. She also kept them at a stable and on pasture.
at 10:41 AM on Jan. 8, 2009
Thoroughbreds and Arabians are known to have the highest rate of incidence with regards to colic. It is highly important to continue regular feeding habits of horses, maintaining regular feed volumes and feeding intervals. Once a horse colics he is 3x more likely to have another episode. Most cases of colic are idiopathic in nature and are usually resolved well before the Vet arrives due to owner education and quick response.I suggest having Biosponge on hand in your barn. At the moment of uncomfortableness use the Biosponge. Make sure to keep watch on your horse and if it persists contact your Vet immediately.
at 12:46 PM on Jan. 8, 2009
Didn't you say in the Horse Lovers post that she was eating acorns? I think that has a LOT to do with it. Acorns are not fodder for horses. Can you put a single strand electric fence around that area?
A friend of mine had a Morgan that colicked like 4 times in 6 weeks because he wasn't getting enough water to drink and his feed impacted.
at 6:28 PM on Jan. 9, 2009
Horses often colic because they can not throw up...there are diff types of colic...stress is also a reason. I have had one get so upset about something they did, also one in pasture that did not know where the creek was, after 2-3 days without water went into colic. (had to show him the water source) If you have one that does often could be a repeat blockage due to diet, being overstressed, or not enough water in its system. Colic can be fatal! I also had a mare that had colic as an orphaned colt..then again as a yearling, had to have surgery to take a section of intestines out..she lived the rest of her life on bran mash. Do not confuse colic with founder...founder is a negative dietary outcome that can affect the hooves, and can rotate the bones to cause severe lameness.
at 6:31 PM on Jan. 13, 2009