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Originally Posted by lover So here is the up date. She pooped 2 x in ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by lover View Post
    So here is the up date. She pooped 2 x in the last 12 hours. The first pile looked normal except REALLY small. Then the other one was small but not really small. It looks normal color and every thing. She is also REALLY skinny and i am trying really hard to get her to eat. I mean she eats all her food but it seems the only reason she does it is to please me. She doesn't like her food. So I am going to continue to watch and see how much she poops. Do you guys have any tips on how to get weight on her? I know she isn't dehydrated because her skin goes down if you pull it up right away. And she has been drinking water a lot because of the weather we have been having. If it was colic don't you think there would be more signes? She seems totally normal except for not pooping. She has pooped like 7x in the last week so it's not like she totally isn't pooping but thats only once a day. She usually poops 5 to 8 x a day. she is old so she poos less. Also I have heared many things about how often you are supposed to deworm your horse. But i really am confused. How often? Once a month every other month? I worm her every other month. But that seems kind of a little. And I know that she may be skinny because of worms. But I don't know how often. also I noticed she as a flat-ish long bump on her girth area. I don't ride her so it's not from the girth or any thing. It isn't bleeding or anything. Just a bump with hair on it. But it just got there like 2 days ago. do you think it might be cancer? Or just some little bump that will go away? I would get pics but I can't. It really just looks liker her normal self with a big0ish-small-ish bump. Have any ideas? Sorry for the long post. But There have been alot of small changes she is going through right now that I have noticed. Thank you every one. Please let me know what you think!
    Even though she is still popping it is a very LOW amount and the vet should be called out. It's as simple as that... I don't believe it's colic YET but more things than colic can happen, colic is a possibiliy though. Something is up, the vet needs t be out. Deworming is to be done every 6-8 weeks (I do my boy every 6 weeks.

    The bump could be anything, without seeing it first hand it's hard to say.

    Honestly, you NEED to get the vet out.

    Best of luck! Keep us updated!
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    well here is the bad news. My mom doesn't believe in calling the vet out. Unless it is a total total emergancy.So thats why I said OTHER then calling the vet out. My mom thinks as long as she is pooping she is fine. Unless the horse other wise tells us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lover View Post
    well here is the bad news. My mom doesn't believe in calling the vet out. Unless it is a total total emergancy.So thats why I said OTHER then calling the vet out. My mom thinks as long as she is pooping she is fine. Unless the horse other wise tells us.
    Well, this can be an emergency and it is for the best of your horse. You as the owner has the say and the vet needs to be called out. She may be going, but not nearly enough! Your mom may not think it is needed, but it is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lover View Post
    well here is the bad news. My mom doesn't believe in calling the vet out. Unless it is a total total emergancy.So thats why I said OTHER then calling the vet out. My mom thinks as long as she is pooping she is fine. Unless the horse other wise tells us.
    She's not pooping enough, though. Believe me, horses should do about 7 piles a day--not just a week! I would consider this an emergency.
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    there was lots of questions in your last big post, and all of them can be answered by vet.. It is HIGHLY important you get a vet out now, just because she isnt showing signs of distress that you can see doesnt mean that there is nothing wrong on the inside.

    Do you know the risks of impaction colic?

    Also in the UK if you had left that horse in this condition for this long you would be fined possibly put in jail im not having ago at you luvvie but this horse needs a vet ASAP or your horse is likely to die and not one of us including yourself wants that.

    Also a horse shouldnt eat dirt.. this leads to impaction colic!

    i seriously seriously seriously know that you need a vet.. like someone said a horse should poo at least 7 times a day.. not 7 times in one week!! thats really bad.. 1 poo a day! thats really not right!.. it costs less to phone the vets so whilst your mum is out of something, phone the vets, describe symtoms, and ask for help..

    Oh and another thing.. you horse will not put on weight in this state.. too many medical issues going on right now that he/ she is putting all her excess energy into trying to stay alive.

    Call the vet now before its too late.. sorry to be blunt with you x

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    Agree with everyone else... This horse needs a vet.
    it also gives a whole new meaning to "riding in on a broomstick!!"~dpcinderella
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    So, don't have the vet out. Call the vet and see what he can help you with over the phone.

    32 yr old horse, not pooping, skinny, not wanting to eat much...as a vet tech, first thing that pops into my head is the horse is shutting down and dying. (along with a whole slew of ailments that MIGHT NOT be age related....but age certainly will cause the horse to succumb to many diseases, illnesses, and issues FAST and HARD where she will not recover...)

    Ask your mom. Is that a big enough emergency? or is she going to let nature take its course?

    because to be honest, without a vet involvement, you are basically going to watch her wither away slowly to whatever is causing her to slow her digestive track. (age can be a huge factor....let alone colic, illness, etc)

    32 yr old is enough to make just about anything in my book that is off, an emergency if you want your horse to make it to 40.

    I'm trying to be nice about it. You are literally at a huge disadvantage. HUGE.

    Just because a hrose is 32, doesnt' mean its ready to kick the bucket. Medical intervention has allowed horses to live MUCH LONGER than that, happy and healthy till the day they let go.

    So in my opinion, without a vet involvement in the near future, my advice to you, cherish what time you have left with her.

    Soften up her meals, make sure she drinks. And make what she might have left happy as can be.

    Cause for all we know, this is it and by morning, she will take her last breath.

    For all we know, she is just off today and will live another 5 years without involvement

    An old horse, make sure they eat, drink, and are healthy....which without a vet at this moment (I'm repeating myself aren't I???) .....keeping her healthy at this moment is impossible without knowing what is causing her to be ill.

    And she IS ill if she isn't pooping. In some way, shape, or form.
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    You have been given alot of useful information here.

    First could I suggest you make that call to the vet, it will cost you a phone call...if you could give him/her as much information about her condition, it could help.

    Have you done your horses vitals.....temperature, pulse...(beats per 15 seconds by 4), capillary count....(press your finger on the horses gum, remove finger, count in seconds how long it takes to go pink/red)., should be around 2 second....are the gums pink/red or are they very pale.

    Have you listened for gut sounds, place your ear on her stomack toward her flank...both sides, and listen for grumbling noises...like when your tummy grumbles.

    While she is standing there, have a look at her mouth, is she yawning alot, or twitching her mouth, these can indicate pain.
    Can you tell us what you are feeding her.
    When where her teeth done last?

    I do understand your mum won't get a vet out, she may think 32 is old and there is no use getting a vet out....but this horse sounds very sick, and I am sure it would make you very upset if she died.

    We the people on the forum, are only trying to help you, but we are limited, with only advise to give.

    PLEASE LISTEN TO WHAT IS BEING SAID HERE, IT COULD JUST SAVE YOUR HORSES LIFE.

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    Ok, the "bump" you mentioned is really scaring me.

    Like I mentioned in a previous post on this thread, my old mare died from an impaction in her cecum. From what my vet told me, impaction of the cecum is much harder to treat/cure than an impaction in the intestines. My mare also developed a "bump" but it was more near the back of her stomach towards her flank.
    You said your mother doesn't want to call out the vet unless it's an emergency and to me this very well IS an emergency. Older horses can go down so much quicker than a younger horse. Since she is thin and not doing so well, I wouldn't want to chance anything by not having a vet come and check her out. There also may be something else internally going on that is causing her to shut down.
    How is she doing mentally? Does she still act like she's full of life and pep or is she slowing down and not really appreciating life? Please please please get the vet out, since this has already been going on for a week with no improvement I'd say it's time to stop the waiting game.
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    How much does your mother know about horses?

    The first thing a lot of of horse owners learn and teach other new owners, is that colic, ANY kind of colic, even just the symptoms, are all things to watch for, and things that need FAST vet intervention.

    You don't need to have the vet out. Call him or her, tell them about it, and hopefully they can tell you what's wrong.There are lots of people here that can help too, like so many have already done.
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