I haven't written a lot in the last few days and probably won't for a while, after tonight's update. Our old horse, Red, has colic. It started Sunday after a very easy ride. (Video below) During the ride, he went down to his knees and then right back up. The girls got right off and walked him to the barn. We looked at him and he seemed tired, but no other signs of a problem. We assumed it was because of his age--30--and so decided to let him rest, and made him comfortable in a stall and run.
Everything seemed fine until the next day when we found him lying down. Turns out, he has an impaction colic. The vet says it's pure coincidence--nothing to do with the ride.
We're doing all the things you do with impaction colic and now only time will tell if it passes. Manure is getting by it, which seems a good sign. Also, he has an appetite and drinks water.
Until this is resolved, I'll be taking a hiatus. I've spent the last several days in the barn and, I imagine, that's where I'll be spending a few more unless something happens quickly. The vet hopes we'll get past it by tomorrow. Seems optimistic, but here's hoping!
In truth, I'm pessimistic. In my experience, when colics don't resolve themselves quickly it's not a good sign. And, he's old.
I just got back from the barn and there wasn't any significant change. He's comfortable, but he has to pass that blockage. The vet said there's nothing behind it, thank goodness, but it has to move along!! I'm supposed to walk him and let him graze a little green grass now and then. It's night, so for now I have to let him be, but I'll get up early tomorrow and take him out again.
I hate colic, and I always work hard to prevent it--lots of salt, plenty of water, regular worming, teeth floating. I had the vet check his teeth to see if they were the cause--maybe an infected tooth back there or something--but all was well. So why? Was it the change in temperature? Did he stop drinking enough water?
I've written a lot about Old Red--he's the best horse we've ever owned. To read those older posts click here and here.
This video was taken Sunday afternoon before we knew anything was wrong--which explains the focus on the cat rather than the horses.