Thursday, January 28, 2010

Stuck Inside, Fritz Recovers and an Anniversary!

The horses are stuck inside today - the high is supposed to be 11F but the wind chills won't be any higher than -5F. It'll be noontime tomorrow before the wind chills get above zero. The wind is very sharp - I wore my face mask this morning to walk the dog (very briefly). The horses are very patient for the most part about being stall-bound. I'll go back a bit later to check on everybody and hand walk my three in the barn aisle.

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!

32 comments:

  1. Happy first anniversary on your blog! Flies by, doesn't it?

    Horse tummy ailments are always a mystery. I have a mare who gets runny poo every time she gets nervous. She also seems very agitated and uncomfortable, like her guts are full of gas, but once she calms down, she's good again.

    Hoping Fritz is just a nervous nelly and it's nothing worse than that!

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  2. We've had a lot of up and down wrt temperature even this far south. The first two weeks of the month broke long standing records for sustained cold. The last two weeks have been warm enough that our cool-season grasses are actively growing. We are awaiting a snow event which is supposed to strike tomorrow, followed by two days of below freezing weather. Right now we have bright sunshine and 49 degrees. I don't think these sorts of weather changes do the horses any favours; perhaps this may be the case with Fritx ??

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  3. Wow. One year is a big milestone! I've really enjoyed reading your blog over the past months.

    Sounds chilly! I'm sure you and your horses are ready for spring.

    Mary

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  4. these days are so long. it's just too cold to do anything, especially now that it's windy too.

    i would have liked to have done some clicker training today but i have no horse treats at all.

    then you offered: )

    ~lytha

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  5. And I thought our weather was bad! My horses would go nuts inside...it is supposed to get very cold here tomorrow and I hope I don't have to go through what you are experiencing. I wonder what was wrong with Fritz? Anxiety?

    Please enter me in your "giveaway"...congrats on your first year anniversary.

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  6. Happy Anniversary!! I have a Morgan that can get those mysterious loose stools when he is agitated. It has not happened since I moved him from the previous barn. I think stress is a big factor.. the weather? I would love to be entered in your give-away! Thanks!

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  7. Panama gets loose manure when he is nervous too. (He doesn't refuse food, though -- ever!) Perhaps something happened overnight that scared Fritz.

    Congratulations on your one year anniversary! I'd love to be included in the drawing! Thanks!

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  8. HAppy aniversary ! Brewers yeast cna be helpful for unsettled tummies. It is prebiotic and seems to help stabilise the gut

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  9. Glad to hear Fritz is feeling himself again. Happy Anniversary! It's been nice getting to know you, have another wonderful time blogging in the year ahead.

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  10. Happy blogiversary!!! One year sure flies by, doesn't it?!?

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  11. Happy Happy Anniversary! You were my first blog that I followed and my first blogger friend! Thanks for the good reads and good conversations!

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  12. Happy Anniversary!

    I let the boys out this morning. It was a brisk 3 degrees, but they can get out of the wind, plus I fed heavily.

    I hate gut mysteries. One of ours hasn't been eating the hay in his stall, but he eats the hay outside just fine....who knows...

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  13. Kate,
    Congrats on your anniversary. I have enjoyed reading your blog from the get and appreciate the variety of topics you introduce. Love to see your pics & put names to the faces. May you have many years of success.

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  14. I have only had problems with Gilly having tummy problems twice, both times it was colic. One time was really bad and I had to walk him for hours before he was feeling better; pretty scary stuff.
    Wow, your weather is COLD! We have had a little break here but a cold front is moving in.
    Oh, happy anniversary on your blog! Mine will be coming up the end of April and it's two years! I must have a giveaway also.
    Please enter me in your giveaway!
    Jane

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  15. Poor Fritz :( I'm glad he's feeling better now. Happy Anniversary! I have so enjoyed finding your blog & reading about your methods.

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  16. One year! Congrats. It's good for the horses that you pay such careful attention to them. That can avert much bigger problems.

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  17. That's cold! Glad your horses are inside out of the wind.

    Has Fritz been treated for ulcers? I am ever suspicious when a horse has stomach issues. Probiotics sound like a good option too. Hope he continues to feel better.

    Congrats on the blog anniversary. It's amazing how fast the times goes when you are enjoying the time. I've had a good time reading.

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  18. BRRRRRR!!!! Indeed!

    Happy Bloggy Anniversary. I do enjoy your posts.

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  19. Happy Anniversary. I have a mare that has loose poop ALL the time, since she was a baby, no matter what we feed her, sometimes horses are a mystery!

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  20. Oooh...I didn't do a give-away for MY first aniversary, earlier this month. Does that mean I can't enter yours?!?
    Glad Fritz is feeling better. Seems like he's a sensitive kinda guy.

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  21. Keep warm, Kate! The wind is the worst.

    Happy Anniversary! I really enjoy reading your blog. You are unbelievably dedicated to horses and I have learned so much from your posts. Thanks and keep up the good work.

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  22. Its really interesting to read your blogs and what you have to do to keep your horses, we are in the middle of summer at the moment and its to hot to ride in the middle of the day so its an early rise to ride or late afternoon or evening. I went to check on my horse and foal yesterday and they were just sweating standing in the paddock so its hard to imagine the cold temperatures you are having at the moment and what we never get here.

    Hope your horse is ok now.

    From sunny New Zealand.
    Tarsh

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  23. Wow, it's been a year?? Might it also be an anniversary of a different sort? ;-)

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  24. We've also been having the frigid weather, along with huge swings in temperatures. Last weekend it was 50 degrees, this morning it is 6 degrees. Turnout time has been varying wildly, also. I give my older tb probiotics when our schedule is changing, just as a precaution. My vet said it can't hurt, and it seems to help him handle the changes better.

    Happy Anniversary!
    Please include me in your drawing.

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  25. Glad to hear Fritz is feeling more the thing - very scary when they start acting off. I worry about my boys & girls when I'm not there to check on them, which is most of the time now, given my commuting situation. My husband is a good substitute caretaker, but he's not been around horses as much or as long, so he hasn't developed the "eye" yet. (You know, the one that lets you scan familiar bodies from a field away and go, "Oh crap! Something's wrong.") He's getting there, though, and his best hunting buddy is the local horse vet, which sure doesn't hurt :)

    Speaking as an absentee owner at the moment, it's really comforting to know someone who knows and cares is looking out for them when I can't!

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  27. Happy anniversary - now go have another cuppa coffee. too cold to be outside!
    - The Equestrian Vagabond

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  28. Happy anniversary! I'm glad to have found your blog. Here's to many more (raises her coffee cup)!

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  29. Happy Anniversary on your blog Kate! I enjoy reading it a lot, you are a gifted writer with many fun and interesting topics to write about - blog on in 2010!

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  30. Congrats & Happy Anniversary!

    I've had success using Stomach Soother (paypaya) for a rescue horse that seemed more anxious and I suspected ulcers. The local holistic vet would probably recommend blue/green algae - http://www.holistichorsekeeping.com/

    Best wishes and stay warm! Brrrr! Cold just thinking about below zero!

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