Monday, October 7, 2013

Minor (I Hope) Colic Attack

Pie wasn't feeling quite right last night.  He was pretty normal when I groomed him and picked his feet at around 5 p.m., and was eating normally.  At about 7 p.m. I got a call from the barn - the (knowledgeable) boarder who was in the aisle noticed that he was pawing.  She checked his gut sounds, which were normal, and there was manure in the stall. Then he laid down - she said he seemed uncomfortable.

I put down what I was doing (finishing dinner), jumped in the car and went to the barn - at times like this it's nice that it's 5 minutes away.  Pie was up when I got there, but one side was completely covered in shavings - he'd clearly been lying flat, although not rolling.  When he had his repeating colics back in the fall of 2011, he would lie flat to ease the pain.  We now think those colics were attributable to swollen lymph nodes in his abdomen due to Lyme and/or EPM.

He didn't look terrible - he was alert and responsive, his belly wasn't tucked up and his gums were a nice pink with good capillary refill - but he was clearly somewhat uncomfortable - he reacted with pinned ears when I ran my hands over the left side of his belly.

So I put his halter on, gave him a 1,000-lb. dose of oral Banamine and took him into the indoor arena.  We walked around for a bit, then I let him loose.  He didn't paw or roll, just walked around a bit and sniffed things, or just stood there looking at me.  I did some massage on his tail and hindquarters, and then his sides, to see if that would release some gas.  He stood there and seemed to appreciate it, and there was no ear-pinning.

After a bit, he said he was done with that and headed off to the door to his barn aisle, which was closed, and stood there - he seemed to feel better already, although the oral Banamine wouldn't have taken effect yet.  I opened the door for him and he headed off to his stall.  When he got in there, he started eating bits of hay - a very good sign.  I said goodnight and headed home.

I called the barn owner and she said she would check on him later.  She texted me at about 9:30 p.m. that he seemed fine, and there was fresh manure in his stall.

If he has another colic attack, I'll have him retested for Lyme and EPM, although he was tested fairly recently and doesn't show any symptoms of either disease.  Our weather changed very abruptly yesterday - the high was in the 80s the day before yesterday, 60s yesterday and the temperatures were heading to the 40s overnight.  I think his colic may have just been due to the weather change and the big changes in barometric pressure.  I hope so - keeping fingers crossed that all is well with my Pie-Pie.


  1. Fingers crossed!!! Colic stinks! :(

  2. Sounds like he was having a mild bout of gas colic. Probably due to the weather change like you said. Hope he's 100% today. Poor Pie.

  3. Sugar has done that in the past. Nothing serious, just seems like she doesn't feel good - just off. Usually, it goes away on its own in an hour or so. Once we gave her a banamine injection and she was fine in about 5 minutes. Makes you worry, though. Kids and horses!


  4. Colic is terrible! Hope Pie's incident is nothing serious.

  5. hope it was just a one me thing, minor belly aches re OK full blown colic scares the pants off of me

  6. Tellington Ttouch has an exercise for colic. You stroke from the base of the ears to the tips in one long slow pull, with your hand wrapped around the ear. They have reported good results and the one mild colic I've experienced, the stroking seemed to help ease the stomach cramps.

    Hope Pie feels better this morning.

  7. Sounds like you nipped it in the bud! Poor Pie - glad he is doing better!

  8. So happy to hear that it resolved easily! Colic is so scary because you can't see what's going on, and causing the pain. Here at the clinic, we see a marked increase in colics this time of year, every year. We cannot attribute it to anything more than the cooling temps, decreased water consumption and horses being inside more and eating more dry roughage. Impaction colic is the main culprit. I'll bet you're very thankful to have a knowledgeable barn owner who can help keep an eye on him. Dear, sweet Pie...he's had more than his fair share of trouble.

  9. Giving my horses a nice bran mash tonight because of the big change in the weather.

    Glad Pie was Ok. It's always a worry when they have even a little tummyache.


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