Yesterday, Barry and I went to the barn in the evening around 6:00. We walked the horses up to the wash rack and Barry worked Sarge in the arena and I gave Biscuit a bath. Scrubbed him up good and he looked gorgeous. Sarge got a scrubbing too. We walked them back down to their pasture and I heard Rogue, Lee Anne's Tennessee Walker, grunt when I went by...a loud kind of grunt. I spoke to him and kept going. Barry and I left the barn just before 8:00 PM and Lisa was coming through the gate as we were leaving.
I got a call from Kellie 30 minutes later saying that Lisa said Rogue was up and down, rolling some, biting his sides, etc. I got up and headed for the barn. The LeAnns were on their way. I got there first as I live around the corner practically. I got to Rogue's pasture and he was up in a corner in the back. He let me put his halter on and I listened for gut sounds. I heard faint soft sounds but they were sounds! I walked him up to the washrack and went back for my Rav. Lee Ann B arrived and Lisa told her what she saw. She took him into the arena and started walking him. He was walking slowly and kinda stiff. LeAnn P arrived shortly after that and they listened to gut sounds with a stethoscope, took his temperature and his pulse which were all in the normal range. There were some gut sounds but LeAnn said he was drawn up in the flanks and they were kinda quivering. Poor ol' Rogue.
|Where is my girl? She will take care of me!|
|His sides were quivering at the flanks|
|Oh the indignity of it all!!!!|
He was caught in time thank God. I left at 11:00 PM and LeAnn shortly after me. Lee Ann stayed til a little after midnight.
So this is what I learned about colic from this episode:
Take their temp - it often elevates
Take their pulse - it often elevates too.
Give them salt to encourage drinking
Make sure plenty of water is available
Walk and make sure they don't lay down and roll.
Also helpful, if necessary, trailer to encourage a bowl movement. If these do not help and the horse doesn't improve, call the vet. I had to call the vet when Red colicked. He had a severe impaction.
The next morning LeAnn and Lee Ann both were out at the barn checking on him. He is still has a little stomach ache but much much improved. LeAnn spoke to Dr. Sherwood and he said he is seeing a lot of colic in non Arabian horses right now due to the heat. He suggested we all give electrolytes to the horses while it is so hot so I need to get some today. Catching colic at its onset is a good thing and we certainly were glad Lisa was so alert and notified someone!!!