Hi all. Last evening I saw my colt straining to poop. He couldn't go and was even trying during training, so he had to be miserable.
So I gave him a saline enema and nothing. So I administered a mineral oil enema and the poop popped right out. He had to have felt so much better!
It has been 103 here for a few days (record breaker for May).
My question is: If he is getting enough milk from his mama, could he still get constipated? Is it more of a milk production problem with the heat like it is? I have a very large drinking trouth (sp?) but the water still gets somewhat warm. I created shade for it yesterday (as it is not under the trees that the horses use for shade),
Any ideas? Is there something I can give one or both of them? I'm afraid that during the summer, when the heat wave can be weeks long, that I will miss it and he will colic. There is a lot of straw and his little poops can be missed (not seen) during the cleaning. I appreciate your thoughts on this.
And while at it, how do you all deal with the winter mud issue? My pasture will soon only be about a quarter acre with some grazing on two acres whent the oat grass gets high in the spring. Thanks.
the mud is impossible ive decided but i think I can help with the water try adding apple cider vinegar to their water it will help with their water intake you may need to squirt a syringe full into their mouths to get them to drink also raw molasses will increase the water intake oddly enough salt plays an important part in hydration as well so make sure she has a block available Catcher was constipated the first few days after birth in fact he gort 3 enemas in in 4 days poor guy if your foal is eating grain at all poor some cooking oil over it olive oil is best but expensive the cheap veg oil works great
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