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Colic symptoms before going into heat?

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Sarah Ross
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Username: Jeblina

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Registered: 04-2005
Posted on Sunday, May 08, 2005 - 11:50 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

My mare colicked the other night for the second time in her life. She had a foal in January of this year and hasn't experienced any "strong" signs of heat since giving birth (although she has never been a mare to "announce" that she's in heat).
Her symptoms when she colicked were strange (different from the first time she colicked)....she would stand quietly eating hay, then rush around the stall like someone had stuck a spur in her side, wringing her tail to the side and rub her butt up against the wall, repeatedly try to lay down, and then go back to her hay like nothing happened. The vet came out twice gave her sedation to keep her quiet, and mineral oil via nasogastric tube as well as IV Banamine.

The next day, I noticed that she was visibly in heat (winking, tail up, peeing ALL the time)...and began wondering if her colic symptoms were related to a strong heat cycle. Human females sometimes experience cramps...can horses have "cramps" too? Sorry I was a little long-winded.....any input would be great!
 

Wild-filly19 (Unregistered Guest)
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Posted on Sunday, May 15, 2005 - 08:06 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hi Sarah,

I hope I can share some knowldege with you.
It sounds like strange behaviour, but not too much like colic. As you know signs of colic are looking at the belly, prostrating, Pawing, trying to lay down up against a wall, turning off of food and water, dull.

Horses definately do cramp up, my mare experiences them and she behaves a little out of sorts also. What is the consistency of her poo? When did Estrus start? I would say that if the vet found nothing wrong she should be fine. Is she around stallions at pasture?

Continue to watch her behavioural patterns when she is on her own and with other horses and around you. If she exhibits any strange signs again then you should definitely call your vet again and check the rectal palpatation. Take her temperature and her pulse.

Hope I helped a bit.

Cya Sarah,
and goodluck.



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