Had one of our horses try to colic yesterday. This does not happen very often at our place. I think it is because we try to keep things as close to what they would be like for the horse in the wild... having said that there are some things we just can't do... Anyway I loaded him in the trailer and took him for a ride... When we were back in Kansas my vet back there, he's still our vet, told me that most of the time if I could keep my horse moving around and on his feet they will usually come around... he said by the time I put him in the trailer and drive an hour to get to him he would probably be ok... so I did... and by the time I got to his place the horse was fine...Now I'm not trying to tell anyone that ALL they have to do is load your horse in a trailer and take him for a long ride. Some folks just can't do that.. they just have to go to the vet and I think that's fine... but I have found that most of the time... if you live a long way away from your vet, by the time you get your horse there he usually will be ok... Some folks can't get their horse in a trailer...which in this case, can cause you some real problems.. so they really need to work on trailer loading and have a program for it... so if you can't get them in a trailer... take them for a long walk.. I would not suggest riding the horse that is trying to colic but you could pony the sick horse off another and you could take them both for a long ride... the important thing is to keep your horse on his feet and moving... if it doesn't improve then some how your going to have to get your horse in the trailer and into town.... After a couple of hours in the trailer he was doing fine and when we got back to the barn he was eating and drinking and doing his business like he should....
Worked with Tim... you will remember he is the big gray horse.. I think there are pictures of him somewhere below in this blog... we have had a request to bring him this weekend for the round pen demo and trailer loading demo. We got Tim from a lady that lives over in the Membres Valley, close to where the demo will be, and several of the people over there want to see his progress. He is still a work in progress but the problems that the other owners had we have worked with and has left. He use to buck people off at least two that I know of in the valley. Seems like we get some of our best horses cause they buck people off... We bring them home and put them in the program and they never show the want to buck... When folks bring horse that buck for us to work with and they come back to pick up their horse in thirty days or so they always ask if I got bucked off.... They seem disappointed when I tell them NO... I think that some folks want the trainer to get bucked off so he sees what the owner is talking about... anyway... will take Tim this weekend and let the folks see him...
Better feed the boys....
Will try and keep you updated with info on what the heck I'm doing with horses and music.