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Does anyone know anyone that has had a horse colic more than once? What have they done to help it?

this is the second time in 2 months that my horse has coliced. Vet says there is nothing wrong with her..

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Asked by Barbwirenrozes at 1:58 PM on Jan. 7, 2009 in Pets

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  • call another vet.You know your animals and if you feel he is wrong call someone else.Do not try to self treat,you could kill the animal and besides why let her suffer? call call call I don't care if the person has to come from 3 counties over,do it.

    Answer by Bearsjen at 2:04 PM on Jan. 7, 2009

  • I have to agree with Bear. Call another vet. Mine is in Greenville, Cross Roads. Give them a call..

    Answer by midnitesun at 2:30 PM on Jan. 7, 2009

  • 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.


    Answer by mamakirs 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

    Answer by RentaMom 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.

    Answer by Anonymous 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?

    Answer by equusvetgal 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.


    Answer by Barbwirenrozes 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.


    Answer by equusvetgal 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.

    Answer by michiganmom116 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.

    Answer by dhoppe at 6:31 PM on Jan. 13, 2009

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