We have poop!

Discussion in 'The Watercooler' started by Shari, May 3, 2009.

  1. Shari

    Shari IsItFridayYet?

    We've been watching difficult child's horse all afternoon. When I came in a bit ago and posted for prayers, I really thought it was a last ditch effort. And perhaps it was.

    However, board strength comes shining thru! Or something. She just pooped!

    To explain, colic is when a horse's gut shuts down, generally because it becomes twisted and shuts itself off. Horses can't throw up, so there is no place for the contents of their stomache to empty. Unlike people, their gut is always in "process" mode, so they are putting bile into their gut all the time, not just when they eat, and with no outlet, well, you can imagine. Its like constipation that can't go away.

    husband was working outside and noticed the old horse getting up and down a lot, so he called me out. She had no gut sounds (gurgling sounds a horse's belly makes as it digests) whatsoever. I called a friend over and asked her to listen, also, and she couldn't hear any gut sounds, either. We gave her some enzymes and hooked up the truck and trailer and put the vet on standby to put her down, if needed.

    Three hours later, we have a big pile of hard poop and a more comfortable horse. She's not out of the woods, but her situation isn't quite as dire as it was.

    Thank you.
  2. mstang67chic

    mstang67chic Going Green

    Nothing like a pile of poop to brighten things up!

    Good luck!!!!
  3. tiredmommy

    tiredmommy Site Moderator

    I don't think I've ever been so happy to hear about a pile of poop. :thumbsup:
  4. Shari

    Shari IsItFridayYet?

    You and me both!
  5. Lothlorien

    Lothlorien Active Member Staff Member

    Glad she's feeling better!
  6. ThreeShadows

    ThreeShadows Quid me anxia?

    Blessed be the Poop! There's got to be a Monty Python skit about that!
  7. witzend

    witzend Well-Known Member

    She pooped in your general direction...
  8. everywoman

    everywoman Active Member

    Well, thank goodness for poop :)
  9. TerryJ2

    TerryJ2 Well-Known Member

    Whew. THAT's a relief! (Excuse the expression.)
  10. mrscatinthehat

    mrscatinthehat Seussical

    Poop is a very good things.

  11. gcvmom

    gcvmom Here we go again!

    Having a difficult child with Crohn's, I can TOTALLY relate the importance of poop!:tongue:

    What a moving experience it must have been. :laugh:
  12. KTMom91

    KTMom91 Well-Known Member

    A moving experience...:rofl:

    Glad the horsey is feeling better!
  13. Hound dog

    Hound dog Nana's are Beautiful

    I am not going to add another bad pun to this post..........

    Thank goodness she's over her colic. :D

  14. Abbey

    Abbey Spork Queen


    I had a couple of horses a few years back and one got colic. We nearly went round the clock walking her. That was the vets best advice. That poor horse was so tired she was pooped. (Ok...had to insert the pun.)

  15. house of cards

    house of cards New Member

  16. trinityroyal

    trinityroyal Well-Known Member

    So glad to hear that the horse is feeling better.
  17. Shari

    Shari IsItFridayYet?

    Thanks for the laughs!
    difficult child was angry with us for keeping him "out of the loop". We didn't clue him in to the seriousness of her condition until we were breathing a bit easier about it and enjoying our own round of poop jokes. When we told him how serious it was, he was MAD at us. Wow.
    The antiquer had a light breakfast (only 5 pounds of pre-chewed old horse food instead of 7.5) this morning and is free-ranging the yard (greener grass, lots of clover and other "juicy" stuff - don't worry, she can't eat too much, she only has about 1/3 of her teeth left). She's still terribly thin, so now we'll walk the fine line of feeding her to the max without clogging her up. I'll probably keep her in the yard and try to split her feedings into at least 3 (4 would be better) instead of 2.
    She's obviously feeling much better. She's still old - her time will come. I just hope it comes peacefully as she naps in the sun some summer afternoon.
    But for now, she's doing what horses do - in one end and out the other!
  18. Star*

    Star* call 911........call 911

    I've been armpit deep in horse butt - so I know how awful this can be for them. Then keeping them up and running/walking. Wears you out.

    My first thought was to say "And you wanted MORE poop in your life?"

    But been there done that - a pile of processed oats can be a lovely thing.