Tuesday, April 30, 2013

So Far, So Good

Tucker Update

Tucker stayed in his stall all day yesterday. Just fine as it was a bit rainy and cold.

I did take him out twice to lunge him, once for a walk, and once for a 5 minute graze on the lawn.  I also hand fed him a little grass as I did not give him any feed or hay for the bulk of the day.

Manure did show up in the stall by morning, with some more during the day. It looked fine, but I would have been happier with more. Then again, since he hadn't eaten since some time on Sunday, it's hard to say how much there should have been.

I gave him a small flake of hay at dinner time and a small handful of grain. Then at late feed I gave him another very small flake of hay and an few hay pellets. This morning, I made a wet slop of some grain and hay cubes--small amount and by around 11 AM or so, when I saw several more piles of poo, I turned him out.

He and the other two Boys were quite delighted with that and were frolicking about.  That entertained my two friends who stopped over to get some manure for their gardens.

So far, so good. Hopefully whatever triggered the colic was a freak thing. Hopefully as well, Tucker is fully recovered.

I did pick up a bag of bran, so I will be giving everyone a nice bran mash tonight. I was a little concerned that Tucker did not seem to drink much, if any water while he was in his stall, but he was having a nice drink from the outside water trough when I was leaving to go to the feed store.

Fingers crossed all is well at Follywoods.


  1. It sounds like he's doing well. Glad he's got manure and is drinking. I'm sure they'll all enjoy the bran mash tonight. Ours love to slurp it up.

  2. Glad to hear he's doing better! Hopefully it was just a little gas and he was only being a sissy about it. Sometimes it's good to have a histrionic horse, a more stoic guy might have hidden the pain until it was too late to help!

  3. My Mum (not a horsewoman) always thought it was good for horses to have a warm bran mash in their tummies, in the winter. You brought that memory front and center for me. Thank you:)

  4. Anonymous7:37 PM

    Glad he seems to be on the mend!

  5. Sorry I have been a bit absent. But I am relieved to hear that Tucker seems to be doing well. What a stressful event colic is.