Eli had a very mild bout of colic a few months ago, right at the afternoon feeding time, which resolved with Banamine and a little hand-walking. Of course with any colic, things can go south fast so I was relieved that it was alleviated quickly. But then it happened AGAIN this past Sunday, same exact situation. I called the on-call vet and after talking over the situation, getting Eli scoped was the best next step. So Eli went up to stay at the clinic Monday night and got scoped Tuesday morning. He has ulcers. I feel like a bad horse mom. The ulcers may or may not be the cause of the feeding time colics, but I am hoping that’s it, because ulcers are treatable and manageable. Not that I want my horse to have ulcers at all, but if that is the cause then we are addressing it.
Eli got sent home with Gastrogard, misoprostol, and Eli’s vet also suggested Purina Outlast and his regular turnout and exercise routine. Luckily, Eli hoovered the Outlast, so he will get that on top of every meal and he’ll also get some as a snack before exercise.
But then, Eli being Eli, he had other plans about that exercise. I pulled him out of his stall Wednesday evening and noticed nothing amiss. I offered him the Outlast, which he ate happily. I tacked him up and walked him around for quite a while, not feeling anything weird in his walk. And then I asked for a trot, which he picked up with no protest or difficulty BUT he was super lame on the right front. I got off to see if it was a rock or something like that and it wasn’t. I got back on and kept walking because the vet indicated moving around is a good thing while Eli is being treated for ulcers, and his walk still felt fine in the arena footing.
But after I got him untacked and rinsed off, he was clearly lame on the RF at the walk after stepping out of the wash rack. His farrier happened to be at the barn, so I asked him to look at it. Based on the sudden presentation of the lameness and a few other things, the farrier thinks it may be an abscess, and that seemed about right to me. Honestly Eli had been more lame with a heel bruise, so maybe it’s just a bruise — we know he likes to get those. I wrapped his hoof in Epsom salt paste and he will still be turned out, because again, moving around is better than not moving around.
If the lameness gets worse, the farrier will pull the shoe today. I am going to soak Eli’s hoof in Epsom salt and rewrap. If the situation doesn’t improve in a few days, I guess Eli will get to see his vet again? Ugh. I hope it is just bruising or an abscess that blows soon.
Anyways … I am keeping the bag of Outlast at my house and got some reusable deli containers and plan to pack up a week’s worth at a time for the barn staff for easy administration. Hopefully the deli containers don’t get tossed but if they do I’ll just switch over to plastic baggies. I’d rather go the reusable route, if it’s feasible, though.