A Pazurek-1After going through traumatic Colic surgery, Horslyx helped ex race horse Jamie back on the road to recovery. “My horse – Jamaahir aka Jamie – had his colic surgery on 7th June. It was a very severe case of an epiploic foramen entrapment. My horse was in an extreme pain. I have never seen such a horrible and heartbreaking case of a colic even though I work in equine business on a daily basis for the last few years and have seen lots of similar cases. Jamie had to have his surgery within a very short period of time or the pain would have been too severe and the vet would have to put him down. Thanks to my friends we managed to transport Jamie to a veterinary clinic within 40 minutes. He had his surgery straight away. The veterinary team was already waiting prepared.”

“The surgery lasted few hours. No gut was removed as it was an epiploic foramen entrapment. Jamie stayed in a clinic for the next 6 days, then I brought him back home. The next day after his surgery they took him off fluids to see if he could cope without them and he did! He got his appetite back. I came to a clinic every day, was allowed to walk and hand graze him. They called me every morning to tell me how he was doing, if he made any progress. They really did a superb job and I’m so grateful. It was The Bell Equine Veterinary Clinic in Maidstone, Kent (http://www.bellequine.co.uk/).”

“The belly band looked horrendous and the vet warned me the incision is very big and the wound would look disgusting. I had to clean the wound every day for a long, long 8 weeks. To start with I was so afraid to cause Jamie pain. I knew I had to do what was necessary though, it was heartbreaking. I had hands covered in pus and blood, my horse was “groaning” in pain every time I tightened the belly band, he was in such extreme pain some days he tried to roll on a concrete, I spent hundreds of pounds on cleaning products and gamgee.”

“He lost lots of weight. I could put my fingers between his ribs. He was very miserable. Few times he refused to eat, I had to literally sit in his stable, just be with him and then he ate or hand feed him. The weather wasn’t helping though, it was summer, he was covered in white, foamy sweat every day. Horror. I walked him and grazed him twice a day for 20 minutes. That was all he was allowed to do. For 8 weeks he was eating only ad lib hay and Horseage, Readigrass and bran mash with some beet. That’s all.”

 
A Pazurek-2“The wound healed well. There was a different problem. He was very skinny, and the belly band very heavy, the vet tried to make it more comfortable and put double padding but it still made his wither very sore. After 6-7 weeks the skin on his wither cracked very badly, he started rolling, he made a massive, deep wound (we nearly could see a bone) and the belly band had to come off. It was an enormous, painful wound. It took 3.5 months to heal. After the 8th week he was allowed to be turned out. He had his little field and he spent the next 8 weeks in there. Because of his wound on his wither I couldn’t start working him again. I had to wait another month. Then I started lunging, using a Pessoa, then put the saddle on and slowly re-broke him, all that ground work lasted 4-5 weeks. Then I started riding. He is doing excellent, touch wood. He copes very well. He still has got big scar on his belly and a bit of a lump which is smaller and smaller but according to a vet it may take up to a year to disappear completely. He has got a really ugly scar on his back too. But I’m happy he recovered.”

“When all that happened he was only 6 years old, he was very fit and healthy. He recovered so, so well even though it was such a hard surgery. The vet was amazed with his recovery, as well as the people on my yard. Many of them didn’t believe he was coming back from the clinic. “

“Before the colic happen he was on box rest (1st week) due to a splint bone injury. Imagine what can happen if you put a fit, fiery Thoroughbred in a stable for 24hours. Anxiety, stress, boredom – these were probably the causes of his colic. And he cribs and wind sucks which increases the risk of epiploic foramen entrapment. That colic had nothing to do with feeding regime. He is an ex race horse (finished racing in January and then I took him straight away), he gets bored very easily, is very fiery, lively and delicate.”

“The vet advised me to keep Jamie as busy as possible. I bought him little stable toy but he gets bored with it quickly as soon as he gets all the pony nuts out. I used to give him Horslyx as they kept him distracted and calm for longer.  After his surgery he had unlimited access to Horslyx (he loves the garlic one). I was happy because he spent lots of time licking them and it kept him calmer and happier. And also when he had no proper hard food and was very fussy, he still got all his minerals and vitamins. I would highly recommend them to everyone. They are the only ones he didn’t turn his nose up at, he absolutely loves them! He is so fussy – many times I had to give other licks to my friends as Jamie would not even touch them!”

“He gets Mini Horslyx as a treat and always has a 5kg Garlic Horslyx in his stable. I like it when he suddenly takes his head out of his stable to say “hello” and he puts his face covered in Garlic Horslyx on my shoulder or next to my ear or in my hair. Fun! He had unlimited access to Garlic Horslyx when he was box rested and I used to give him Mini Horslyx while I was changing dressing on his belly.”

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