It was warm, rainy and balmy this week which lead to Laz needing his turnout sheet off and being able to enjoy the weather as a free horse! He obviously enjoyed it.
Reasons I think he likes to roll in mud:
A. He wants to look like a PIG instead of a handsome TB
B. Wants people to think he's neglected so they feed him carrots and apples
C. Thinks his Mom needs to buff up her grooming arms
Kissable crescent moon shaped star!
"What Mom, I'm not that dirty!"
So being it was freeeeezing yesterday, I knew I had to get him groomed and re-blanketed. We just did some light lunging/Parelli work. He did great and was really enjoying to trot and walk around. Lots of snorting, stretching and some nice happy bucks (not feisty I-don't-want-to-turn bucks). I took him inside the barn after about 30 minutes of working and playing , to start the grooming session. Side note about the blanket I'm using during this weather; it's a no fill turnout sheet, which is basically a wind breaker in vivid orange. I also secretly like it because during Hunting season, no one can mistake him for a deer.
So, here's where my title of "Thoughts on Colic" come into play.
After grooming off his muddy coat, I noticed that he was very tail swishy when I groomed his belly and sides. He then did the classic, turn and look at belly.
He then did a couple of belly kicks with his leg.
I sighed and said "Please Laz.........do.not.colic.on.me."
I filled up a bucket with warm water, like bath warm, which he likes (trial and error last winter I figured that out) and he drank two big nice "see I'm OK Mom" gulps of it.
I grabbed a couple of carrots. He mowed on them.
The BO's came in and I told them my concern. They listened to his gut. We checked his poops (normal 6 piles outside), we checked his water intake (normal-and why I LOVE not having an auto-waterer).
Laz did poop in the crossties and of course, like everyone crazy horsemom, I picked it up and pulled apart. A little dry.
The weather change??? It can cause horses to not drink like normal.
On my way home, I called my vet. Now, don't get me wrong, if I saw anything else (not eating/drinking, etc) I would have called Vet immediately to come view him.
He promptly had his office call me back with things to do and not to do;
1. Blanket him-Check
2. Increase Salt to encourage drinking-Check
(detail of that is 1 oz of Table Salt, and 1 oz of Light Salt which has Potassium in it)
3. Heated Bucket-Not Check but he has two buckets in insulated tubs in stall
Vet said to count manure piles, monitor water intake and no bran mash because of his laminitis (I had asked about that).
Are there any tricks you all do to prevent if you see small signs of a possible Colic?
-I've heard of Beet Pulp, heavily soaked (but that worries me to plug him up more)
-Aloe Vera juice? (sometimes colic can be caused by ulcers......I'm thinking of adding this)
-Soaked hay cubes??
-Coconut water (crazy I know, but high in Potassium and great for dehydration) just have never heard it used for horses but for people, I know it works wonders.
I wish there was a horse nutritionist that existed!!!