Oct 11, 2015
911 Cowboy Distress - Jeff Wilson
“My horse is irreplaceable, there isn't another like him," are thoughts
that can echo through our minds whenever we face losing them. Yes, I hate that
topic too. Our fantastic riding partners are so unique, that without them, we
have a void. Make sure you enjoy your own extraordinary horse today.
I was greeted by my horse, Black Willow Orion, as he emerged from the
pasture the other morning. He looking as if his belly was saying, “I can't
believe I ate the whole thing." I reasoned with him that it was just a little
too much grass as I led him back to the barn. I finished feeding everybody else
and returned to him. I could see his distress, and his coat had begun to
glisten with sweat. “OK, tough dude, you'll be fine." I murmured, trying to
convince myself. But I knew, yes I knew… that hated killer, Colic, was payin'
us a visit today.
Orion just stood there, motionless, dealing with it. My mind began to
whirl, “This can't be happening on the threshold of releasing our new promo
video,"—a video that featured Orion. In my mind's eye, I could see the video
ending with his epitaph. I moved into his stall, the same stall he had been
born in 17 years ago, and snapped a lead to his halter. “Let's go walk around
Some days it's hard to rise to the occasion, it's just easier to slide
over to deal with it. Trying to keep my own guts from twisting, I hurriedly
called my medical team. “It's Orion," I blurted, I had no words to downplay it.
My team is exceptionally good, but serious challenges stomped in right along
beside them. Orion's veins would not stay open to administer fluids. He refused
to swallow any mineral oil, and we weren't able to tube him successfully. Did
you know banging your head against a wall uses 150 calories an hour? Did I
mention that by this point that I was outta my mind and not coming back soon?
There aren't words to describe your feelings towards people who stand
with you; I was fortunate and grateful to have competent people working all day
to evict that dirty, ole' rotten scoundrel, Colic, from the premises. Despite
their efforts, Orion's temperature dropped, his body cold to the touch, and his
gut sounds on the right side remained deadly quiet.
By the end of the day, there was nothing more for us to do. Facing the
next tier of care, I recognized that he and I were heading towards our last
moments together. As surreal as it was for me, I prepared myself to do what was
necessary—for him. I wasn't going to allow his suffering to escalate.
You can picture that moment, can't you? What do you say and do to make
everything better? Nothing. It was in that moment—with nowhere to run—that
someone had the conviction to bring me a single dose of a product called
SayWhoa which is the focus of this article. SayWhoa is a relatively new product
designed to clear impactions using the power of osmosis—sending water back into
the digestive system to clear the impaction and relieve the gas.
We administered the bottle, in truth, without much hope of recovery as
Orion was so far gone. Time had been against us. Strangely, the SayWhoa was the
only thing he cooperated with and swallowed. We waited; by now there was a
small crowd of concerned people standing with us awaiting the outcome—the
tension in your belly really does make you hold your breath.
Within 15 minutes of administering the product, Orion's temperature
began to rise and, like turning a switch, his temperament returned. Within a
half hour his guts sounds returned (strongly), and, after drinking a half
bucket of water, he strolled to the other side of the arena and began eating
hay. Within 45 minutes he passed manure. Yes, a miracle occurred.
We all stood stunned, in disbelief, at what we just witnessed. The
transformation, had it happened any other way, may have left some skepticism
behind in us (we are all so marketed to), but we were unanimously convinced.
This product actually had done what it said it would do.
If you want to keep your horse around, you need to have a bottle of
SayWhoa on hand all the time. The makers of this product are very accessible
and willing to help you through your 911 emergency colic squatter eviction
situation. You can find SayWhoa here: www.facebook.com/StopsColic or their
Check out this fantastic horse of mine on YouTube. Search 'Orion theStar Morgan Stallion' and thank you SayWhoa for making this video not an 'in memoriam.'
Experience is what you get when you don't get what you wanted.
Fortunately, this time, I got both. (Keeping Orion actively moving continued on
that day, maybe to make us feel better. Moving around me in a circle, I did not
ask for a routine, but Orion swooped in with all his big moves. He absolutely
felt great.) Hi Ho Silver!
If you want to learn more about what I talked about here, or wish to
ask a question, you can contact me at: Jeff@JeffWilsonCowboyDressage. com or
www.facebook.com/pages/ Cowboy-Dressage-World-of-New- York. I have been
training horses for over 30 years and valued the western horse lifestyle in my
approach to training. I give clinics and seminars on how to reach your full
potential with your horse through the training foundation of Cowboy Dressage