Written late evening of 2nd October 2014.
My horse, a beautiful black shire cross thoroughbred ( her mum was a full shire and her dad a thoroughbred ), called Fav stand almost 17 hands ( big in other words ).
Full name Fortunes Favourite, and I’m her human.
Has a strained ligament in her left leg, so she has a bandage on each front leg ( you do both to give same support on each side ). Not sure how she did the strain, probably when she was charging about her field running from the flies.
So like a human when you sprain your ankle, she has to rest, it’s a bit hard to get your horse on the settee with its leg raised, so they stay in their stable.
This is not ideal as they get no grass ( she does get hay and hard feed like nuts, but Grass is known as the “Grass Doctor”) and no exercise.
Tonight she seemed a bit under the weather and we expected she had colic.
Colic is a stomach upset to you and me, but life and death for a horse whose digestive system is surprisingly weak for such a large animal.
Often it can be tramped wind or a blockage where food gets stuck in the system.
The normal course of action is walk the horse and free up the gut or call the vet to give a relaxant to help the gut flow.
Of course if you had a bad ankle and someone told you to walk off your stomach ache you’d be a bit peeved!
It’s a bit counter intuitive however it had to be done so for an hour and a half I walked Fav up and down in the dark and the dramatic rolling in fog ! And she let some wind out.
I left her at 11p.m. looking more comfortable.
So Let’s imagine a bright eyed and gas less Gg in the morning.
Having a late tomato soup then off to bed and up early to go check on Fav.
Written early this morning 3rd October 2014:
5 a.m. I wake up having slept very well because I went to bed imagining a bright eyed horse in the morning, so did not toss and turn with worry.
By 5.15 a.m. I’ve driven the mile (1.5 kilometers) to the stables, walked up the very dark drive by the torch light on my iPhone 5.
And there peaking out into the dark is a bright eyed Fav, looking hungry. We took her hay net away last night to allow for gut time to process the upset.
So as you can imagine I’m a happy human :).
Her leg seems fine from the walking and as she has rested it for 4 days now, it seems prudent to let her return to her normal routine and go play on the field for the day.
She will wear a pair of supportive boots to assist the front legs and only have a half day out rather than a full one.
What morale do we get from this? Do not panic, study calm believe your own judgement and think positively. I read a book recently called “The Secret” that helps you do that, have a read yourselves by looking at www.secret.tv web site.
Have a Great day, it’s Friday and a weekend ahead.
P.s. Any One who wants to learn more about horses and how they touch your heart reach out to me and I’ll explain the “I’m her human” statement 😉
P.p.s if you want to read more see this site, I found via google search under term “colic in horses signs” and explains far better than me, see http://www.bluecross.org.uk/