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Disasterpiece Mon 01-Aug-11 16:37:42

I have just had a call from my mum. She arrived at the stables and saw one of the horses lay flat out in the middle of the field. It worried her as A, there were no other horses anywhere near him and B, hes not usually one for lying down in the field. She asked one of the girls how long he had been lay down? She said oh he was lay down when I got here an hour ago.

So obviously mum went straight up to check on him. The poor thing was lay flat out with his eyes rolling in the back of his head and didnt look with it. She shouted for the girl to get her some water as he was red hot and his mouth and nose were dry. She dampened his mouth (didnt let him swallow in case of choking) and sponged down his head and neck. After a minute or Two of sponging him and talking to him he his eyes stopped rolling and he sort of came round iykiwm. She said she couldnt get him up fir ages but shes managed to get him stood up but he will not walk. Wont even move his feet.

Shes obviously rang his vet and his owner who are both on their way up now.

She rang me because shes obviously worried and was wondering if I knew what was wrong. I havent got a clue as Ive never seen this before.

I told her to get a heavy dark towel and be ready to sit on his neck and cover his eyes if he goes down again and goes in to shock.

I dont know if thats shit advice or not but the vet should be there really soon anyway.

Does anyone have any idea what this could be?

kayb123 Mon 01-Aug-11 17:03:11

god how awful, cant believe the stable girl didnt really pay attention and thought nothing of it... mind you sounds like my yard. How hot has it been near you? heat-stroke??..
please let us know the outcome.

dappleton Mon 01-Aug-11 17:14:27

sounds like a bad case of colic

Disasterpiece Mon 01-Aug-11 17:16:58

Thats originally what my mum thought - something to do with the heat but even though today is warm, its not hot and there is a good breeze up the field. It has been a lot hotter and dryer these past few weeks.

The girl that was already up there has only been on the yard for a few months so to give her the benefit of the doubt she doesnt really know that lying down in the field is unusual for this horse. Though to be honest I think given the distinct lack of any other horse around him and him being flat out for an hour, I think she should have had the sense to check. god knows what could have happened if my mum hadnt seen him and gone straight to him.

Ill let you know as soon as I know.

Poor Dexter, hes a gorgeous and lovely boy.

Disasterpiece Mon 01-Aug-11 17:17:52

Would that make him look as if hes having a fit though? Ive never seen it like that? Surely if it was that bad hed be dead by now?

dappleton Mon 01-Aug-11 17:24:38

I have seen a case of colic where the pony was literally flat out with its eyes rolling in the field, even though not the heat you describe - once up we cold hosed it around its belly and just tried to get it walking (even though I kept thinking it was going to collapse!) I was convinced it was something other than colic but vet diagnosed colic, gave it a shot of IV painkillers and half hour later it was fine.
Hope he's ok, let us know.

Disasterpiece Mon 01-Aug-11 17:41:52

Thats reassuring Dappleton Thanks.

I havent heard back from her yet.

Poor mum, she sounded a bit shaken and upset but shes always brilliant in these situations and stays really calm, shes been a midwife for 45 years so shes had good practice I suppose.

She was always great with my greedy girl ho used to get choke a lot.

Disasterpiece Mon 01-Aug-11 19:29:56

I cant get hold of her. shes not answering her mobile and shes not at home.

Its been 3 hours now so Im guessing shes still there walking Dexter.

I hope hes OK. He is Heidis best friend sad

Disasterpiece Mon 01-Aug-11 20:18:47

hmm Horse is now fine and the vet didnt come.

I misunderstood my mum, she rang the owner who said she will ring the vet. Only she didnt. Dont know why.

Anyway in the time it took her to get up there (20 minutes) my mum had got him walking, let him have a small drink of luke warm water and he wanted to get his head down and graze!

So shes thinking maybe it was a mild dose of colic, walking and a little drink helped him and he was comfortable enough to eat. He has done 2 normal droppings as well.

She has just left the yard now, his owner is going to go back up to check him later on tonight.

Hes out in the field happily grazing. Strange eh?

Saggyoldclothcatpuss Mon 01-Aug-11 23:28:36

We used to have an old chap who would do something similar. He used to flake out on his side for ages, and often flail his legs about.
We used to panic, and go running over to get him up, only to discover that he was sparko and 'chasing cats'! Ours often lay flat for a nap when the weather is nice, until the 18hh youngster/nuisance pokes them I didnt realise how often until I was left in charge when my friend went away and left me living onsite.
It sounds like he was just having a nap in the lovely sunshine and got a bit overcooked!

kayb123 Tue 02-Aug-11 09:04:28

well you learn something new everyday - i never had/seen a case of a horse that shows the same systems as above but its actually colic, It something i will bare in mind.

Its great news that your horse is doing well. x

Disasterpiece Tue 02-Aug-11 09:32:40

Saggy He definitely wasnt having a nap.
Kay Hes not mine. I would have had the vet up for a proper check over.

They are not sure that it was colic. They dont really know what it was but it was a bit strange.

dappleton Tue 02-Aug-11 09:56:08

Glad he's fine, what a relief!

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