Thursday, May 29, 2008

Keep your fingers crossed...

The owner of the barn called me today to tell me that Panama was acting funny. He had been grazing in the front pasture with the other horses, and suddenly started acting lethargic.

He was lying in the mud, so we thought he might have gotten hot or dehydrated. I asked her to give him a drink and put him in his stall. She called back half an hour later to tell me that he was continually trying to roll, and one of the other owners — who has lost a horse to colic — was very concerned.

In case you don't know, colic is a potentially life-threatening condition for horses. It is usually a blockage in their intestines, but if they roll their stomach or intestines can turn over, and then they need surgery in order to fix the blockage.

Michael has the car today, so I am waiting for one of the owners to come pick me up and take me to the barn. Keep your fingers crossed for me and Panama.

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3 Comments:

At May 29, 2008 at 5:19 PM, Blogger Irreverent Freelancer said...

Oh my gosh, I'm so sorry to hear this! I'll say a prayer for you and Panama right now.

 
At May 30, 2008 at 12:49 AM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

Thanks, Kathy! It must have worked because Panama is just fine. :o)

You can read the full story of our afternoon's adventures here.

 
At August 17, 2009 at 3:44 PM, Blogger FranceFan said...

Actually, colic is defined as 'abdominal pain'. As such it is just a symptom of any number of different problems, from temporary muscle spasms (e.g. over-exercising) to a potentially fatal twisted intestine. One needs to understand the cause of horse colic (see http://www.wowhorses.com/horse-colic.html ) in order to decide the severity and treatment. Also, what steps to take to prevent a reoccurence.

 

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