06-02-2009, 07:55 PM
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The first time he colicked made perfect sense. Was he colicking in the trailer? Or after you got him out? I bet it was very stressful for him to not only be colicking, but to be in a small space and bouncing around down a road. The trailer is now a bad experience for him. Maybe he is getting in just fine now, but the whole process is probably stressing him out and upsetting his stomach. The person who suggested dehydration is also a valid point. While you can't really give them water before they get in, and it's pretty warm out, you can give them some soaked grain in the morning and hose them off before you load them. And you can also stop and take water breaks if it's going to be long haul. Also offer him water when you get to where you're going.
I'd also like to add that it is never a good idea to so abruptly give any horse a new food. It's also a good idea to always have a bucket for water, and at least a few flakes of hay, even if you are only going twenty minutes away for a few hours on the trail. You NEVER know what can happen, and it's important to make sure your horse is covered. And you too, of course. =]