Saturday, May 13, 2017

Caneyhead: My Handsome Man

Today, I want to talk about Stanley, my handsome man.  Stan the man.  Although Stanley is not a man.  Stanley is an eight year old stud horse and he is my baby.  A big, spoiled, overgrown roan baby.  He was born on Mother's Day of 2009, so Pete "gave" him to me for my present. 


Right before the challenge began this year, one morning when headed out to school, Hannah noticed he was lying down, and did not pop up in response to the coming and goings.  Although it  is true that horse can sleep just fine standing up, Stanley sometimes likes to lay down and have a good full out snooze on his side, looking for all the world like he is dead.  Other times, he'll lay on his stomach with his legs curled up like a foal, just dozing.  But Hannah correctly recognized that this was different. 


Pete & I immediately went out to check on him.  And he did get up, but it was clear he did not want to.  Immediately, we thought colic.  We made sure he had plenty of water and we started making sure he stayed up and moving around.  It became apparent that he was going to start to lay down continually, so Pete and my son took to walking him and keeping him moving for several hours. And yet, still nothing happened, no bowel movement, and still he wanted to lay down. 


At one point a couple of friends came over and helped Pete give him an enema.  That seemed to give him some relief, but still you could tell he was not himself.  We stayed up all night.  We would go and walk him for twenty or thirty minutes and then leave him be for an hour, then back to walking. 


Thankful that he made it to see another day, yet still no good bowel movement and not feeling right.  We finally tracked down a vet that treats horses and makes house calls.  He confirmed that he was in deed in a state of colic, gave him medication to help him with pain and left us a supply for "just in case" because as he said, once they colic, it is more likely they will colic again.  We asked why now after all these years.  He has always been on the same feed, always fed the same way, but recently we had run low on hay and had cut back on it.  Vet said that would do it, especially when a horse eats a "sweet" feed for his grain.  Luckily, I was able to get a bale of the hay we use from my brother-in-law.  Vet said feed him only hay for a week, then slowly get him back up to his feed ration, but suggested we switch him to another, less sweet feed.  He compared it to a person having irritable bowel syndrome and needing more fiber and less of other foods.  Fortunate again, the man we buy Stanley's hay from cut his field for the first time this year that very week!


I am happy to report that Stanley is now a month and a half past his colic episode and back to his ornery, sweet ways. 

30 comments:

  1. He's cute! Glad you figured out what was wrong with him and eventually got the right cure for him.

    Happy Mother's Day!

    betty

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    1. Thanks, Betty! Hope you have a beautiful Mother's Day!

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  2. I understand about Stan the man. I love animals and would especially love a horse. It is that time thing. I could not give the animal the time it needs. But I still love them.

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    1. Horses are very social and need that interaction. Between the three of us, he usually gets his share.

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  3. My family owned horses when I was a boy. Magnificent animals!

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    1. Yes, they are! Strong, curious to a fault, intelligent, social...

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  4. That's good to hear! I guess horses are really sensitive to changes in their diet.

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    1. Yes! They are. Hogs, cattle, mules...can all eat just about anything, but not a horse. Also, a horse will eat himself sick if given the opportunity.

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  5. Whew. That must have been a worry. Glad he's better now.

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  6. I'm so glad Stanley is okay. I thought you were going to say otherwise.

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  7. Glad to hear the great news with Stan the Man! Here's to another eight healthy ornery sweet years and more!

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  8. I'm happy to see that Stanley has recovered. And yes, he is a handsome fellow.

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  9. That must have been very worrying. Glad you could get him the help he needed and that he is back to normal.

    Happy Mother's Day!

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  10. I'm glad Stanley is better. He is gorgeous!

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  11. Stan is lucky to have you as the caretaker; really thoughtful and kind the way you handled his problem. Thanks be to God all well now:)

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  12. I'm glad you were able to figure out what Stan's problem was and take care of him. Glad to hear he's doing better.

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  13. Always tough when our animal companions are suffering and we don't know how to help them. Glad all is well now!

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  14. Whew! I'm really glad your beautiful horse is all right. The way the post was sounding, I was worried it was going to be a sad story.

    Unless they've owned a horse or someone close to them has, people have no idea how challenging they can be to take care of! Those poor animals--so many little things can go terribly wrong with them.

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    1. That's how we felt....so afraid we were about to lose him. And yes, people see their size and their strength and don't realize how many simple things can bring them low in a hurry. So glad we found someone who makes reasonable house calls!

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  15. Your love and care for Stanley is so apparent, and I am thankful that you were able to get the help and information needed to get his well again. I know how serious colic can be. I think we sometimes worry even more about our critters because communication is harder even when we know something is wrong. I would love a diet of more sweets and less fiber, unfortunately that has the opposite effect on me! :-))

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    1. I think you are right in that we can't ask them a question like, "where does it hurt?" It can leave you feeling powerless.

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