Was sent a gorgeous 13.1 hand Welsh pony (age 8) last year because he was a behavior problem. He came from a nice farm where he lived with a muzzle because the grass was lush and he was fat. He was never ill.
We’re talking about a super nice pony. Scores in the upper teens and low 20’s. And jumps around TRAINING level like it’s easy. He’s amazing. The behavior problem (in my opinion) was due to the fact that you shouldn’t jump a 13.1 hand pony over 3’3 jumps and then hand him off to a beginner. But that’s beside the point. He’s a nice pony. And he’s probably going to die soon if I can’t figure out what’s going on.
Upon arrival, he lost weight pretty rapidly. At my barn, in the city, there is no grass. The horses go out at night on baled hay and are inside during the day. They have automatic waterers in the stall so it’s hard to know what they drink.
It was hard to put the weight back on him but we did manage. And then the colic started. He colics no less than every 6 weeks. Three times he has had the full blown episode where he needed 4 bags of fluid.
- Fecal count - less than 50
- did Panacure anyway (for possible encysted larvae)
- Blood levels normal
- Salmonella tests- negative
The colics are small colon impactions. Which the vet says is rare. You can see the colic coming because he starts to swell in his loin area. It helps if he is worked very consistently. Days off tend to make him worse.
We feed him soaking wet soupy feed with a tablespoon of Epsom salt. Not just when he has colicked but all the time.
Assure Plus (for sand) may have helped him. But you’re supposed to go off it after 5 weeks (for 3 weeks). And he colicked 8 days after going off it. And he’s colicking again right now. 2 weeks off it.
Doing the glove test for sand tomorrow. Going back on Assure Plus because it’s the only thing anyone can think of.
I’m hoping this sounds familiar to someone…