Originally Posted by Sarahandlola
Ok so I have been reading about different colic today..I noticed one of the symptoms is looking at their belly or biting it! Lola has been doing that these past few days! I know she may do it the whole time and I may just be over reacting ( I am such a hypochondriac it is unreal ) But how can you tell if they are just scratching or biting for a reason?
She had been in a stable for a few days so her feed was changed during that time. I know you are meant to introduce new feed slowly but I was not around when she was fed...
Now I am worrying XD I was not going to go see her tomorrow but maybe I should just to see if she is ok. She is back in the field. And seemed fine today. She even ate a sweet so I guess she should be good =p
Usually a horse only colics for a short period of time (like hours). She could very well just be itchy or something was bothering her. She should be fine.
Other symptoms can include:
1. The horse becoming lethargic and showing no/little interest in food.
2. Is laying down, getting up, laying down again and trying to role.
3. Has an increased heart rate and respiratory rate.
4. The horse is not pooping.
5. It's intestines are "grumbling" a lot and no gas is being passed.
I just went through a colic scare yesterday and the day before. Usually, it's just gas colic. Jesse is what's known as a "chronic colicer" and has been having bouts of it his whole life. Each time we just call the vet, explain the symptoms and ask if she/he should come out or not. Then if they do come out they will do a rectal exam (to look for impactions) and give him a shot of Betamine.
Gas colic would most likely be the most common form which is basically when they are a little constipated and uncomfortable. Impaction and a twisted gut aren't as common and the horse is usually in severe discomfort.
But really, you shouldn't have to worry about it too much. It doesn't happen often (with normal horses) and if you keep the horses diet and work schedule steady, she should be fine.