I have had this gelding about 4 months now. He is a six year old QH gelding that came from a 24/7 pasture and first cut rounds home and had very soft stools.
I started working with him at least two nights a week, but four nights ago I had a colic scare for the first time ever with any of my horses and I am not sure what to think of it.
Before the colic:
He was on middle grade first cut in stall along with a handful of sweetfeed, general mineral and glucosamine. In pasture he had a second cut round bale shared between four other horses who have not shown any similar behaviour or symptoms. I had the bale tested and it does have some mold content so we removed it from the field.
The Night of the Attack to now:
He was standing outside by the bale I brought him inside to his stall and he sprawled out on his belly right away so I called the vet. Walked until the vet came and he passed one bowel movement. The vet did a nasal tube and rectal exam with no red flags, filled him with mineral oil and warm water. All his vitals were normal. He was put on stall rest, first cut and soaked beet pulp with mineral oil. I walk him four times a day for about 20-30 minutes along with short turnout time in the arena with a pasture mate where he walks around and is still social with the other horse. Since then he has passed urine and manure that is now normal consistency, but not as soft as it was before. He is eating almost as good as normal and drinking enough water that I feel he shouldn’t be dehydrated. That all being said he is still uncomfortable when not walking, sprawling out, laying down, light pawing and looking back at his flank even with his normal vitals. I had a different vet out who said he may be moving an impatient along, but all manure is normal and soft thus far.
I am having blood work done this week, not sure if anyone else has had a similar situation and has any advice?
Thanks in Advance