Ricci, I am not an expert so I am afraid to reply but I believe you are correct, but the fear is that if she lays, how would you get her up again? It is easier to have them up and keep them up, than have her down and have to force her back up.
Am thinking of you tonight Hun!
Laying down is not a problem at all, it is the horses that get up and down, thrash around and roll violently that are a danger to the situation. Imagine yourself having a belly ache, you're probably going to want to lay down to relief some of the pain aren't you? So why deny a horse that luxury? If they want to lay down, and you keep them on their feet, you're causing more stress to the horse and that is not going to help the colic.
Oh no Ricci! I hope everything is going to be ok! When Nelson had that horrible colic episode back in January, my Vet allowed him to lay down in his stall when he was worn out from dealing with it during those long hours.Actually, if it wasn't for him laying down to rest, he'd never of pushed that gas out. We called it the Phenominal Phart. Lol. Anyways - the only time it is a problem is if the horse is rolling and thrashing. I am sending good vibes your way! And I'll knock on wood just for precaution..*knocks on wood*I hate the C word......
I let her stay laying down until the vet came. He did all the usual stuff. I stayed up all night with her, just went home for a two hour nap at about 2am. When I came back at about 5ish, she had pooped a little bit, and while I was there she pooped a little more two more times. We aren't out of the clear but we are sailing as smooth as can be expected. Posted via Mobile Device
Glad she seems to be progressing well. Just for anyone else reading this looking for info on colic and laying down- we had 3 colics come in within 5 hours of each other 2 weekends ago (funky weather, things come in threes, etc.) A couple of them were near exhaustion because their owners had heard to never let a colic lay down. If they are thrashing and you can get them up safely that is best to walk them, but you could be hurting the prognosis if you walk them to the point of exhaustion. One almost couldn't even get her girl in the trailer she was so tired.
So the short answer is yes, it is ok to let them lie down.