I went out around midnight for late feed and Tucker did not come in.
I found him lying down in the paddock. He was not rolling, but was definitely not feeling well.
I got him up, walked him for about 20 minutes or so, then let him go free and down he went again.
I called the vet.
Replay Toby's colic post except that Tucker passed some very loose manure instead of a neat pile. Dr. Parisio was here in about an hour after I called. She examined him and said he was very gassy.
We had to double tranquilize him to get the tube down so he could be dosed with water, mineral oil, electrolytes, and some psyllum...just in case he had ingested dirt/sand while foraging for grass.
He is currently in his stall with nothing to eat and I need to go out to check on him every two hours or so. I also need to get him out walking or lungeing at each interval. Dr. Parisio is just a bit concerned that his manure was that loose, so I have to monitor him a little more than Toby needed.
Things took a bit longer because of the extra sedation Tucker needed. He is a big boy at about 17 hands, and while the extra dose kept him quiet for being tubed, it also took longer for him to recover. I'll be going back out at sunrise to have a look at him and take him out for another hike.
The vet said she'd already treated five other colics today, so who knows? Does the weather have any impact? I certainly don't have any lush grass here, but could some kind of weed be at play? I am switching Tucker over from Healthy Edge to Hay Stretcher, but I've been gradually making the change since Thursday. Considering that Hay Stretcher is really just hay pellets, it's not likely to be the problem. I added a handful of a vitamin supplement at dinner, but again, that was a minor change in feed. But you never know.
Either way, I'll be in and out of the house all day.
Of course, the weather forecast calls for rain all day today and tomorrow.
Guess my raincoats will come in useful.