The Most Worrisome Part Of Owning Horses… Sick pony, Part 1 //   Versatile Horsemanship
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The Most Worrisome Part Of Owning Horses… Sick pony, Part 1 // Versatile Horsemanship

August 11, 2019


yeah definitely one of the most
worrisome parts of owning horses you feel so bad for and hey I’ll so here’s
the deal I’m well it’s one o’clock in the morning it’s ten degrees
I made my pajamas and I’m hanging out in a stall in the barn with Rosie I’m gonna
tell you a little bit what happened to Rosie today so a friend of mine is here
I was giving lessons excuse me I was giving lessons today and she says
Rosie’s laying down in the pasture and I saw her roll so alright no problem that
you know that happens horses lay down on the horses roll but she kept doing it
you know she wouldn’t just randomly go over and lay down and try to roll and so
we put hay out in the pasture and she did come up and made some hay so when I
went out to check on her after my lessons were done she was just eating
hay and acting like like her normal self so I get a message for my husband my
daughter just threw up so I go in the house and she’s throwing up four times
now tonight and I just got her off to bed
I feel safely that she’s not going to throw up anymore and my gut tells me you
know I’m gonna go out and check on Rosie and so I come out and check on her and
sure enough she’s way out in the field and she’s just standing there but then
here’s the deal so when I look at the other horses I am go back and look at
Rosie and she’s laying down so Rosie is clearly not feeling herself so I ran in
the house right away and I got a dose of Banamine for her I’m gonna sit out here
with her until for one tell the Banamine you
if it kicks in that’s great and I want to see her poop colic is really scary
and it can and it kind of anything can bring it on so however long it takes I’m
gonna sit out here and wait until she poops I haven’t checked for gut sounds
yet that’s that’s next nice to see that she was interested in a little bit of
the grain that was on floor but she’s wanting lay down again so she’s gonna
try to lay down and I’ll just encourage her to get back up and if if she starts
doing this too much where she’s wanting to lay down I’ll take her up to the
arena and go for a walk she clearly doesn’t feel quite right so I give big
kudos to my friend Nikki for for noticing that earlier that’s really
great that she notice that something just wasn’t right and let me know this
is one of the scariest things that horse owners have to deal with because there’s
really not a lot of answers as far as colic is concerned like what could
potentially cause it if this got to the point where I didn’t feel like I could
keep her comfortable I would call the vet I am taking every step needed to
make sure that she’s gonna be alright but if she were dropping on the ground
and thrashing my vet would have been called a long time ago colic is
something that has the most whole gray area of anything to do with horses I
think and as a horse community we need to sort of all come together and help
each other and I’m really thankful that I’ve got so much support in my area as
far as you know if I have questions about things or if I need to talk to a
vet time I’m only a phone call away and that’s
really good feeling but so what I want to know though is how many of you have
dealt with colic in a horse before if you have please comment below and share
your experience you know what were the science what what happened that could
have led up to it you know help educate us and we’re
that’s what I’m doing on here is I’m I’m here to try and help educate others just
to share my experiences because we all learn through experiences so if I can
share my experiences with others I’m hoping maybe that will somehow help
someone in some way so you can all do the same and help out by you know by
listening that in the comments below rosie is now like frantically vacuuming
up every little piece of grain that she could find on the floor so that is very
good news very very good news I’m just gonna wait and watch her and as soon as
she poops she was gonna go back outside because that’s the that’s the telltale
usually they’re that they’re doing okay and once things get moving in their
system it’s when everything stops that’s scary
so okay it is 2:00 a.m. and I am so ready to go in the house a little bit
we’re gonna see if Rosie pooped she has not pooped okay we have peace oh that’s
good no II just need poop okay now we are
having some mega gut sounds I can hear him from standing over here and I swear
this Pony just burped you know people say ponies our horses cannot burp I
swear she just burped so I decided I want to speed this process up a little
bit so I’m gonna go ahead and tie Rosie in the tack up area in my arena because
90% of the time when horse gets tied up in here and they poop it’s just what
they do so I’ll see how long that takes I can still hear her belly rumbling so I
know there’s a lot of gut sounds going on so that’s really good now we just
need some poop getting it involved almost 2:30 still not poop bingo
we have poop ok I’m super excited rosie has pooped this is dirt cute little cute
little hoof prints on the on the floor the second I put her back in the pasture
first thing she did was rolled and I can’t help but be stressed out about
that but that’s literally what she does every time she’s put back in the pasture
whether she’s ridden or not she she rolls a lot so but the fact that I had
her in she got Banamine she started to eat I brought up to the arena she pooped
she was very alert to acting like her normal self towards the end and when I
walked her back out to pasture she tried it all the way from the arena back to
the pasture so I feel like she’s feeling much better and I’m confident going in
getting some sleep and I’ll check on her right away in the morning okay so what’s
the next day this morning I checked on Rosie and she was doing fine she was
eating just hanging out and now I just came out to do some lessons and she’s
laying down again I’m gonna keep a real close eye on her I’m probably just gonna
give her another dose of anomie and just to make sure and but I’m gonna be out
the barn now for for quite a while so I’m gonna bring her in with me and just
keep a really close cause watch on her because I’m a little concerned she
doesn’t lay down this much and she’s just clearly not feeling good I’m also
gonna contact my vet and just you know give her heads-up and and see if there’s
anything that she wants me to do in addition to what I’ve already done so I
just came out to get Rosie and now she’s hanging out and eating so I’m gonna
leave her alone for a little bit I’m gonna keep a close eye on her but I’m
gonna just leave her and watch her and see how she does well it’s um 6 o’clock
p.m. I brought her in put her in a stall and I’ve been watching her since I’ve
been at work and now I’ve got her and just hanging out in the arena she’s not
trying to lay down or anything like that I did message my vet and I’m wondering
if I should hurt her poops a little on the on the squishy side so I’m wondering
if I should give her more Banamine um I mean it’s
been hours since she’s had it but she wants to so she acts like she wants to
lay down then she doesn’t I can’t say that I’ve had this happen before where
you know usually usually they just kind of over it pretty quick and my my
experienced ones that I’ve had I’ve seen quite a few other horses have colic
situations and then not um not do so great but see she just wants to lay
there well now she’s gonna roll poor little honey so this is one of the
most worrisome parts of owning horses there now she’s looking at her belly I’m gonna give Rosie a dose of Banamine
I always give it orally the safest not her favorite thing in the world probably
doesn’t taste very good so I’m gonna wait and see how she’s doing tonight I’m
gonna leave her in the arena for the night so I’m gonna just keep coming back
and checking on her and I heard back from the vet and she said it might be a
mild impaction so to give her electrolytes to make sure that she
drinks so I’m gonna go ahead and get her some electrolytes so we can get her
drinking water and hopefully she’ll be feeling you know she’s won that’s really
special so it’s hard there’s you know when you have a whole herd of horses you
have you have a few that are a little bit more special than the others to be
honest I mean I’m not gonna lie and she’s one that’s just she’s really
special so she’s my son’s pony and she’s loved by a lot of people make sure that
she’s gets everything she needs rosie has pooped a couple times in the last
few hours and it’s looking a little bit kind of wet and of course clover has to
be involved with everything so it’s 7 p.m. and Rosie seems to be
feeling a little better from her Banamine and I have her in a stall she’s
all set up with hay she’s had electrolytes and I have her buddy beer
in here with her so they’re gonna hang out in this stall for a little while I’m
gonna run in the house and eat some dinner and come back go and check on
them it’s 11:00 p.m. and bear hates being there stall but him and Rosie are
good buddies and I know that they’ll do good in a stall together even though
he’s not exactly thrilled about it so it’s a poopy mess in there
but at least um Rosie’s with a friend she looks like she’s been upright the
whole time doesn’t look like she’s been laying down at all well I changed my
mind and I put beer back outside and I brought Daisy in because look at this
stuff this has only been a couple of hours
bear is horrendously messy and installed it’s just gross so here’s Daisy and
Rosie all set up in their digs for the night these two don’t get along as well
as Baron Rosie but they’ll do just fine so Rosie’s stomach is still making all
kinds of she’s got all kinds of gut sounds going on well this is where I’m gonna leave Rosie
and dizzy for the night I think you know Rosie did just try to
she did just lay down and tried to kind of roll a little bit but she’s eating
now okay stay tuned I’ll keep you posted as to
what happens in the morning

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  1. I'm not a horse owner, but I had an experience in the 1970's at a horse auction with a horse that has "shipping sickens". Myself and another teen aged girl from the area were at the horse auction with our dad's. One of the horses unloaded from a large trailer was lying in a ditch and looked very lethargic. We were told it had "shipping sickness" and it would help it the horse was walked until it peeped and pooped. We slow walked the horse for hours until it took a very long peep. I remember the other girls father bought the horse very cheap and they walked it home. So I'm guessing giving a colickly horse something to help move the bowel and a fairly long slow walking would be beneficial to get the gut moving.

  2. I love your videos and what you do with your horses. I’m in california so we don’t really get freezing degree weather like y’all, is there a reason why you don’t blanket your horses?

  3. I have dealt with a few cases of gas cokic and 1 case where we lost the horse. It was horrible and frightening. As it was my friends horse I stayed strong for her. We stayed in contact with the vet till she arrived, but by the point we had found him, he had been rolling and thrashing for a long time. Booze, banamine, bags of IV fluid, on hand vet care and I don't even remember. He was an older horse and had been in distress for awhile before the owner was contacted. I think early intervention is the key. There is always hope.

  4. before I got my own horse, I used to ride with my mom's friend. She has a racking pony named buck and i learned to ride on him. He's was my best friend for 4 yrs. Sadly 2 yrs ago he collided he laid done and couldn't get up. (Sorry if this is kind a badly worlded im crying about it) his owner went down and saw him just laying there. She had to get him and call the vet. Keep in mind buck is 23 yrs old. She sadly had to decide to put him done. Where he was so old she didnt want yo put him through tjag stress The vet said part of the reason she collided was rat poison. We found out the neighbors had put some down by the fence line and he had eaten some I'm it. This Christmas I got part of his mane for Christmas from his owner.

  5. My arab gelding had a similar episode last month. It was pretty freaky. Got up one morning to feed, found diarrhea in his stall (and potentially there was more outside, but couldn't tell, they use their stalls as run-ins unless the weather is bad, then I lock them in). He was cold, shivering, and wet, but we couldn't tell if it was sweat or if he was standing out in the rain at some point during the night. He wanted no part of eating his feed or hay, which is very unlike him. I shut him in his stall up, put his wicking sheet on him to get him dry and then his blanket on and immediately called my vet. I was very lucky my vet showed up within 30 minutes of putting the call in.

    My vet didn't want to call it full blown colic but he did have decreased gut sounds, normalish temp, slightly elevated heart rate, all the while he still hadn't pooped all morning. So my vet gave him a shot of banamine and another of antibiotics just in case there was an internal infection that caused the diarrhea. He told me to keep him posted, and if it got worse or didn't get better, to call him and we would tube him.

    I stayed out in the barn with him for the next 6 hours in the freezing cold with my laptop working, and didn't bother to go in the warm tack room because I wanted to be there if he went down. He looked absolutely miserable, didn't touch his hay, and barely sipped water. I got too cold and had to go inside, but about an hour later, which was 7 hours after the vet saw him, he had peed, however every time I went to check on him, no poop.

    Around 10 hours in, he started nibbling have, but it wasn't until the NEXT morning, when I went to check on him, that he had poop in his stall. It was a small amount, and a large clump like he had been slightly clogged, but he was back to normal after that. Such a relief! I probably stayed up most of the night going in and out of the barn to check on him, praying for a poop, until I gave up and went to bed. Scariest experience I've had with him, and that horse has given me several scares with injuries, including cutting his face open.

  6. I’ve experienced colic with a horse before but lucky it wasn’t my horse it was my riding schools horse. But a person got of and I don’t know how but the lady could tell that she was going down. She took of the saddle and the horse started picking up her feet and trying to roll. We had to walk her around and around to stop her from rolling. Then she had to got this medicine which was like brown which was weird and yeah.

  7. Acturally a couple of times. One of my miniatures has coliced over 5 times in the past 6 years. When i got her I knew that she had a stomach problem. Some of the sights was that she would lay down but still eat in the pasture, she was very sluggish, drawn up, and also she was not drinking water

  8. My favorite mare one day dropped in her stall and started violently thrashing about in her stall I immediately called the vet and they rushed out we gave her pain med and I managed to get her up they did ultrasound of her abdominal and found she had a torsion colic her gums were white and she had injured herself when thrashing she was twenty and had several goals in her time apparently very common for mares who have had foals to torsion but her prognosis was poor so I had to put her down one of the worst days of my life

  9. I had a horse colic just last week at the barn that I work at. I walked him for hours, I gave him a dose of Banamine. I called the vet, he came and tubed him with mineral oil. Walked him again, no gut sounds and no bowel movements. We ended up sending him to the closest equine hospital which is in St. Hyacinth, Quebec. Found out he had a twist. Was super glad that I called the vet. Prior to that he had been kicking his belly, rolling, and biting at his barrel. I knew right away that he was having an episode of colic. After the amount of time I've been around horses, and listening to their body language I knew this gelding was in trouble. I called his owner and told her what was going on, she told me to spare no expense. So as I her instructions, and I had her permission to act as proxy for her her in this situation. The gelding pulled through like a champ!! He is doing well, and will be returning to the barn next week, where I will take over his care. As I do 99.9 % of the rehab work at this barn.

  10. One horse at the riding school I was at would get colic when eating treats. Any treats, even apples or carrots but she was in general weird about eating, she would bite on her stable door and kind of spew up what she had eaten all the time, but not really spew up because it came from her mouth and she was not sick it was just a bad habit

  11. I have experienced it with my warmblood Mistress. It was because she ate fresh lawn clippings. We let her off the lead and as soon as she tried to lay down and was scratch her belly my mom new, I wasn't there at the time because this happened at a show so I was doing my round of showjumping. My mom called the vet and they came and gave her some paested in a tub. And a couple of days later she was fine.
    But it was very scary.

  12. I had a horse and it's got colic really bad and I gave it a bottle of beer and it worked it got rid of the colic and it was fine again after a bottle of beer that's the best thing I can say

  13. when my horses are colicky my first course of action is to syringe with warm water and mineral oil along with a dose of banamine. Then hand walk. No hay or grain until I’m sure it’s not an impaction. Feeding with an impaction can make the situation worse. Giving banamine will make them more comfortable but it can mask a more serious problem. Little Rosie is so stinking cute! And you are such a good horseman! I respect what you do for your horses!

  14. Colic is scarey… yes….it is.
    I remember my daughter at 13 finding the neighbor horse down with severe colic. She and the neighbor got the horse up. Vet came out…it was colic. Two days later he was found dead.
    By my daughter on the weekend. She was helping feed her horse and saw the neighbors horse by the water trough dead legs out stiff.
    later that day my daughter helped bury him. What an experience!😶
    The horse was a 13 year old sorrel Tennessee Walker.🙄

  15. I have when I was young but sadly I watched her pass away in front of me and it all started with a green apple

  16. My mare has colicked once in her eight years, and we know why: the boarding barn didn't have water trough heaters, and my girl didn't want to drink the icy water that winter. Her insides got very dehydrated, and all movement ceased. The barn owner got home and saw her walk, roll, walk, roll, so she called me, and I dashed out. Sure enough, I could barely keep her standing, so the vet was called. I had to really get after her to keep walking; it was so scary. I never yell at her otherwise, so she did respond to that. The vet gave her a pain reliever and flushed her out good using a tube through her nose and into her stomach. Finally, at long last, we got poop! Only horse people celebrate the greatness of poop!

  17. My boss who owns 10 horses gives them milk of magnesia when they are colicing. Seems to help and I haven’t seen any negative effects yet.

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