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caroline
18-04-01, 03:24 AM
Does anyone have any tips regarding post colic care..my boy decided yesterday was a good day for colic (must have eaten too many easter eggs)..but seems to be doing okay now after the painkillers, paraffin drench etc...
Just wondering if there's anything I should give him to help his gut - ? Don't particularly want to entertain the notion of him getting it again!!

Shahron (Guest)
18-04-01, 07:24 AM
I've only had horses with mild cases - but you can ask your vet I would think.
I was always told to consider very wet, bran based little feeds on a regular basis (every couple of hours). Be careful with hay etc. that might get stuck but ensure he has some as he needs roughage - just don't let him bolt it down or have to much of anything at once.

I've also used some Protexin in the feeds for the first few days.

All horses have made a full recovery (but they need good supervision and lots of water).

Hope this helps.

Good luck

Kelley
18-04-01, 08:03 AM
When my red one got spasmodic colic about a month ago my vet told me to drench him (was about 2 weeks off drenching time) and then 5 days later to overdose him with 5 times the amount of a white drench which would remove any scaring etc in the gut. I didn't do the overdose as I could not easily get my hands on 5 x white drench. He did get the initial one though. I do tend to watch very carefully over the next few days and do not give much lucerne/ high protein feeds for awhile.

Caroline (Guest)
18-04-01, 08:33 AM
thanks Shahron and Kelley.
My vet was of the opinion it was due to the grass drying off and just causing a blockage, so I guess I'll just ensure he gets nice moist feeds for now.
Poor baby.

jw
18-04-01, 09:10 AM
Must be the season for colic. we had one easter sun. Looked like a bad one but with one vet visit and finadyne he is back to his old self. (touching wood and fingers crossed here)

Only light exercise for a while, reduce concentrates accordingly. Monitor closely (amounts eaten and manure passed especially).

Caitlin (Guest)
18-04-01, 12:44 PM
I have had 2 serious bouts of colic with my mare,with the 2nd one so bad it lasted 5 days and she had to be admitted to an equine surgery that specialised in colic.All they did was scope her,x-ray her and ultrasound her and the bill came to $2000.That didn't include my usual vets' bill that was treating her before she was admitted.
The advice that they gave - which I follow religiously -was to only feed the very best lucerne chaff and hay.No stalky or dry hay and no oaten or wheaten.Definately no pelleted feed.Coprice rice pollard was their choice of additive if needed.For vitamins/minerals,Livamol and they also recomended chammomile for its' anti inflammatory qualities - 4 to 6 tablespoons of the dried herb per day.Everything must be fed wet except for the hay.Once a week she has pysillium husks added to her wet feed after it has been made up with water.Always use a hay bag so they're not eating off the ground.Hope your horse makes a speedy recovery.

Caroline (Guest)
19-04-01, 01:59 AM
Thanks Caitlin - he seems quite chirpy and normal this morning - I actually went out and bought some dried chamomile flowers yesterday and some colloidal silver, so he now has this added to his feed.

silk (Guest)
19-04-01, 08:42 AM
after my horses have colic i put a foaling alarm on them just in case we have more trouble. and i get same sleep so does the horse get an spell.

TDG (Guest)
20-04-01, 01:17 AM
I don't know what you are currently feeding your horse but have you thought about changing your horses diet to a natural one?

Caroline (Guest)
20-04-01, 02:01 AM
Well, he is now getting Winergy balanced energy, plus:
Kelp
Sulphur
Chamomile flowers
rosehips
Colloidal silver

which will now also be supplemented with some lucerne hay.