Thursday, February 5, 2009

Ivan's Colic

My plans this morning were to go to the feed store and get grain for the horses. They are all older and eat Equine Senior. I'm very lucky because I can watch all the horses very well from my kitchen. These pictures were shot just opening the deck door. Anyway, there was Ivan pawing, looking at his stomach, getting up and down, and not eating. These are sure signs of colic, a horsey upset stomach that can be serious. I took him back into the barn and then took him for a walk down the road. Sometimes a little exercise will help. I lunged him a little in the indoor arena (it's zero out there this a.m.). I knew he was upset because he didn't stop and munch on the hay stacked in there. I gave him an injection of 6 cc of Banamine which usually helps a lot. Then put him in a big stall with fresh water. Sometimes in the winter the horses just don't drink

enough which can cause them to colic. The good thing is he pooped while I was walking him so I don't think that he is impacted.
Because he looks bright and alert (as you can see by the picture above) I'm going to go let him back out into the sunshine ☼
The little picture here is of the other three looking at someone walking down the road. They look like they are all together but are actually separated by fences.
Maybe I'll get to the feed store afterall.....

9 comments:

Margaret said...

Here's a 'get well soon' wish for Ivan. :)

xoxox

Cary at Serenity Farms said...

Ugh....colic is miserable, isn't it? But it sounds like you caught Ivan's in time! Keeping our fingers crossed....

Meg said...

Aw, poor Ivan!! I know how he feels. I'm glad to hear he's still really alert!!!

Megan is at the vet right now getting her chemo treatment, her CBC came back just fine, her white blood cell was back to normal!

Zu said...

Oh I hope he'll be feeling better soon. You sound like such an expert! I guess you have to be huh? :-)

I saw you have an old blog link for me in your blogroll. So, to update it if you want, my address is at http://hobbyzu.blogspot.com. :-)

Hope you get to the feed store! ;-)

critter lover said...

Oh Maple! YOUR stomach must have dropped to see Ivan showing signs of colic!! I'm SOOOOOOOOOOO glad you were able to head off a full-blown colic attack! I think the freezing weathaer does make it harder for the horses to keep adequately hydrated. We really DO need a gradual return to warm weather! Take care now!

Gallons of hugs!

DD#2 said...

How scary! I am glad you two got through this. I hear the word colic and freak out, based on past experiences. Please call if this ever happens again! I have lots of experience, as you know, with walking colicky horses!
T

Gina - RoseThistleArtworks said...
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Gina - RoseThistleArtworks said...

Oh, Maple, you sure have had your share of challenges this winter. I'm hoping Ivan gets to feeling better soon. Good to know he's in such caring and capable hands. You are an inspiration in all you do. :)

woolies said...

How's Ivan? Better, I hope??

Map