Fritz had some sort of problem yesterday morning - something digestive although it didn't seem to be a colic of the normal type. When I got to the barn, he was agitated - he wouldn't eat his hay, and was alternately circling in his stall and weaving - standing and rocking his body from side to side, mixed in with head tossing and biting the air. He had good gut sounds. He passed some loose manure, but that didn't seem to make him feel any better. He's been having loose manure lately - not diarrhea, but just loose, and we're not sure what's causing that - there've been no changes in his feed. I spoke to Sugar's owner by phone - she covers for Fritz and Fred's owner who lives about an hour away. When he started pawing and looked like he might roll, I called Sugar's owner again and asked her to come walk him for a bit while I finished feeding. Fritz didn't get any breakfast. Fritz's owner called me and she asked me to give him 10cc of IM Banamine, which I did. By the time I got done feeding, he was interested in his hay and seemed back to normal, so I put him with Fred in a small paddock until his owner came out.
So far, it seems that he's made a full recovery - he was fine last night and again this morning, although he did have loose manure again for the farrier this morning. He is a very easily disturbed horse, although he's been pretty calm since he came back here - he apparently was very upset all the time at the last stable he was at - his owner thinks something was wrong there, and perhaps something reminded him of that. Who knows? We'll be keeping a close eye on him.
Oh - I just remembered - it's the first anniversary of my blog! There will be a small give-away to thank all my blogging friends - it's been fun to read about your adventures and learn from you, and I've certainly appreciated all your helpful comments and suggestions. The give away will include some horse treats, a few grooming tools and a book (if I can find a copy). If you'd like to be included in the drawing for the give-away, just leave a comment on this post to that effect before the end of the day Monday, February 1. Thanks for reading along!