Polo Players Edition

JUL 2018

Polo Players' Edition is the official publication of the U.S. Polo Association. Dedicated to the sport of polo, it features player profiles, game strategy, horse care, playing tips, polo club news and tournament results.

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POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N 17 know how to prevent colic, one must first understand there are many inciting factors that can cause painful colic-like signs in your horse. Some reasons are not even gastrointestinal in origin! This is why colic should be treated as an e mergency and why it is important to have a veterinarian evaluate your horse. As a horse owner, knowing how your horse handles its pain is also important. Is your horse a "princess with a pea" or an extremely stoic creature? Being able to provide a good history and answers to a few simple questions for your veterinarian makes you a great resource (what has your horse been eating, any medications administered, daily habits, any changes in feed, what is the normal demeanor of your horse, manure output, is the horse insured, would surgery be an option for the horse?). There are a multitude of reasons why a horse colics, many of which can be caused from the horse's gastrointestinal system. Your horse could have an impaction, which does not allow feed material to move through the intestine; in areas with a lot of sand, like Florida, sand colic is a major issue; the intestine can also displace, twist or flip on itself (volvulus) causing strangulations, which cut off normal blood flow circulation. The intestine can also have ileus or dysmotility where the food is unable to move through the GI tract because the normal peristalsis of the gut is not pushing the food forward. Ulcers, in both the stomach and hindgut, can also be a culprit of colic like- signs. The stress many of our polo ponies are under with constant travel and confinement, rigorous game schedules, restricted feed intake, and the use of non- steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (Bute and Banamine) all can contribute to causing ulcers in our mounts. Other ailments can also cause abdominal discomfort including, but not limited to, b ladder stones, a ruptured spleen, colitis (diarrhea), parasitism, tying up, pleurisy (problems within the thoracic cavity), and diaphragmatic hernia (intestine going into the thoracic cavity from the abdomen via a tear in the diaphragm). Many veterinarians prefer to see and evaluate a horse colicing that has not been given any medications that could potentially mask its colic symptoms prior to the veterinarian's arrival. Administering an appropriate dose of Banamine should not mask a severe colic (continued on page 58) DANNY'S TACK SHOP Danny's Tack Shop also offers a complete line of products for all your polo needs. 70 Clinton Street • Tully, New York 13159 Phone/Fax 315-696-8036 • E-mail: dannypolo@aol.com Marcos Heguy Saddle Olathe Boots—$279 Chukker Bridle complete w/bit Gag—$399 Pelham—$359 Also available in Havana Leather American Express, Mastercard & Visa accepted $ 695. 00 This suede saddle has a steel-rein- forced tree which is lined with latex rubber panels to assure com- fort and an excellent fit for both player and horse.

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