I think Suzie likes to keep me on my toes sometimes. I truly believe she likes to instill the "OHMYGOD she must be COLICKING" reflex that many of us horse owners have when our horses aren't feeling 110%. I can firmly attest that my Stress-O-Meter went from zero to bajallion in a matter of seconds, all thanks to my special red mare.
It all really started two days ago - I noticed that Suzie smelt... different (and note that the text that follows is quite... informative). When I lifted up her tail to see what was going on, I was greeted by a very sour, overwhelming poo odor. There was no risidual poo on her hocks, but there was quite a bit on her bottom, which is where the smell was coming from. Initially, I didn't have a worry and assumed she was having a mild stomach upset and left it at that. She was still eating, drinking, pooping, and acting generally happy. I gave her some extra hay and tucked her in for the night.
The next morning and evening I paid attention to her "smelly poop" issue a bit more. Same symptoms and same smell. I remember trying to think of what it could be and as I was drying her off to put her rain sheet on, when I started rubbing over the area of her flank just behind her ribs, she tried to kick me.
|Come closer, so I can kick you.|
I was given an appointment time to tele-conference at 11am (as I have explained before, we do not have Equine Vets in our area. The closest one is a 6hr round trip away). Anyways, this Vet has seen Suzie before, as they come up to the area twice a year to perform routine exams and other routine procedures. Both Spud and Suzie had a farrier appointment at 9:30am, so I figured we'd be okay for time.
|Spud met the anvil.|
After I hung up with the Vet, I started thinking.... The hay that Suzie and Spud are on is the same. From the same place. BUT. There are some bales that are second cut hay and some are first cut hay. It could have easily been her problem. And I suppose I could guess as to what it is, but I'll never really know for certain.