Yoyo's gastric impaction


Just to let all of you that Yoyo is doing fine.  Me, not so much as I just got the bill.  Wow.  My question are there any ideas on how I can avoid or minimize an impaction happening again?  Would regular cleaning out with Sand Rid or something else sorta keep things moving?   I've removed 99% of the pine shavings and will never use them again.  I'm also trying to figure out why he did this as I've put shavings down for years and this has not happened before.  He and I are having some serious heart to heart talks.
Ronelle and Yoyo
2015 Bend, Or, US

Lorna Cane

Ronelle,such good news! Not the bill part!

One important thing to help navigate a situation like this,to my mind,would be to keep a close eye on Yoyo's manure. I imagine you do. But the first sign of its being drier than a healthy poop would be a red flag for me. My interest would be in how much he was drinking. And then anything else in his environment . I would try to feed moist meals.
I have only had 1 experience with impaction colic,so am interested to hear from others with more experience / knowledge.

Lorna in Eastern Ontario

Jennifer Murphy

My old draft mule used to have impaction colics during extreme changes in weather.  When he had his first one, he had to be tubed and the vet told me a little mineral oil in his soupy mash might help, but I didn't pay attention and he had another impaction during a blizzard.  After that, any time I saw there was going to be a hard cold snap or extreme weather of any kind (remnants of a hurricane, ice storm, blizzard, etc) I would add a little mineral oil (literally maybe a tablespoon or two) to his mash at least 2 days in advance, and continue until at least two days after the event.  This was probably the wrong thing to do, but he never had another impaction.  I probably had to do that four times per year, it was definitely not a frequent thing.

Jennifer in NH

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Bobbie Day

Colics are very frequent here, I know several people who lost a horse this winter alone. In the fifty years I’ve had horses we’ve lost two so it’s always on my mind, especially the last one. I am very proactive (knock on wood) mine get BP every day, aloe juice  and sand clear at least one week out of the month. I look at poop and count everyday. If I see anything suspicious I’m on it!
But that being said we all have missed signs, if we do have a episode we put mineral oil down asap and walk, walk and walk some more. If that fails it’s a expensive vet call for tubing. Our last mare went seven days, we tried everything short of surgery. She was a great horse I wish I’d been able to save her. So we really try to pay better attention now.
Those vet bills for some reason or another is a regular occurrence for us.


Bobbie and Maggie 
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Trisha DePietro

Ohhhh those impacted colics with my first pony with PPID- ( this group did not exist yet) ...that pony too would "eat "the pine shavings in her stall. I look back at this now, and I believe the shavings did not cause the impaction, the impaction was in the process of occurring  and eating the shavings  was a response to pain. I also had a goat that suddenly started eating the pine shavings in his stall...and because of my experience with my pony eating shavings, I had the vet out and we medicated for pain and he stopped "eating" the shavings. So, anecdotal for sure...but curious just the same. 

Today, I do Poop observations, ensuring that salt is getting into the feed daily, and monitoring water intake. Serving warm salted water encourages some horses to drink more. Each of my horses get a gallon of warm water on their cubes....plus warm water in their buckets ( in winter,cold falls). also, knowing whats normal for your horse is helpful to notice the change more quickly.

 I like the idea of the small amount of mineral oil daily to ward off the evil impact spirits...I also would increase exercise ( like hand walking)  around cold snaps and before cold snaps to keep the peristalsis wave of the colon actively moving, if of course, your horse can tolerate exercise. 
Trisha DePietro
Aug 2018
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