Fred Fisher's Light Rein Horses Blog


It's been a LONG week for all of us in the Fisher household. Mocha, my wife's mare, (that's Mocha in the picture above the Winner's Circle) colicked on Wednesday. It's been a long 3 days trying to take care of her and get her past this. Walking, walking and walking. Then MORE WALKING. Trips to the vet and trying tons of different things to help her. Mocha is doing much better now, thank God. There is nothing a horse owner wants to say more than "She pooped!" after a bout with colic.

Colic is defined as abdominal pain in a horse. This is actually more a clinical sign than an actual diagnosis.

According to Wikipedia:

"The term colic can encompass all forms of gastrointestinal conditions which cause pain as well as other causes of abdominal pain not involving the gastrointestinal tract. The most common forms of colic are gastrointestinal in nature and are most often related to colonic disturbance. There are a variety of different causes of colic, some of which can prove fatal without surgical intervention. Colic surgery is usually an expensive procedure as it is major abdominal surgery, often with intensive aftercare. Among domesticated horses, colic is the leading cause of premature death. The incidence of colic in the general horse population has been estimated between 10 and 11 percent on an annual basis."

Looks like Mocha will pull through, but it was touch and go for a while. This incident makes me want to talk about how it's really important for horse owners to recognize the signs of colic. If it's caught early, then it might not become a full blown make-the-trip-to-the-clinic-or-vet episode.

As an example:

One of our horses in training was beginning to show the signs of colic in October, when the weather changed. We were lucky to have a sharp eye spot some behavior that was not this horse's normal behavior. This horse has not eaten all her hay from the night before, and wasn't interested in the morning hay either, she had not pooped in the night and she was circling in her stall. ALL these behaviors are a sign that something is wrong. Combine that with her eyes not being as bright and alert as she usually is and then later trying to roll alot, you have some pretty clear indicators of colic. This horse was walked, and walked and walked and then given probiotics and after several hours began to drink water and then to want to eat. A colic episode averted, thanks to some sharp eyes and quick actions. The vet later said this probably was a "pre-colic" episode and was possibly caused by a change in the weather that lead the mare to not drink enough water. It had cooled off significantly that week.

You just never know.

It pays to be "in touch" with your horse and his/her usual behaviors.

As for Mocha, she will be watched carefully for more signs of distress and we will follow the vet's recommendations. We hope to breed her and maybe that will also help her.

She means alot to us, she's a talented and sensitive mare and also part of our family, just like your horse is, as well.



EVAHA Photos are up on the photographer's site!

Check out for the photos from the show on Saturday!

Some great shots there! Thank you Paula!

On our way to Vegas today!

Look for us there.

A great day at the EVAHA show!

Everyone did a great job yesterday at the show in Queen Creek!

Congrats to Molly on her 2 Wins and the Championship class win as well! You and Radical Hannah looked like a real team out there. Solid riding. Nice trophy and jacket you won!

Glenda and her new mare, First Time Everytim,e did a great job in their first show together! A third and 2 fourths in some really large classes. Your new mare is a real trooper and it's coming together. We are really proud of you!

Vickie showed Flippin Hickory Prom (Angel to those who know her) nicely. Got a reserve in one class , too. Not bad for only one ride on her before you showed her, huh? We are going to miss you this spring and summer, but look forward to seeing you this fall!

As soon as we have pictures, we'll get them up on the Winner's Circle page too!

We've got more shows coming up: Silver Dollar Circuit in Las Vegas, Shamrock in Tucson and AZQHA Scholarship show, to name a few. Come by and say hi to us!