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  • Is swishing of tail sign of colic
  • Why do horses flip their lip up

 
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    08-09-2010, 08:08 PM
  #1
Foal
Colic Signs.

What are some signs of colic?

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    08-09-2010, 09:24 PM
  #2
Foal
Not eating, biting at sides/ribcage area, lying down, not wanting to get up, lethargy, pawing in the stall. There is something else I heard they do when they stick their lip up in the air...its a sign of pain I believe...someone else here may know the technical term.
     
    08-09-2010, 09:29 PM
  #3
Foal
All the above, plus rolling and thrashing (very bad, get them up !) kicking up at belly with hind legs.. don't know if it still applys, but when I was growing up, you walked a horse with collic hoping to release the blockage, some people will put them on a trailer to get them to "go"
     
    08-09-2010, 09:32 PM
  #4
Trained
I've never heard of the lip going in the air as a sign of something being wrong. Huh, learn something new everyday. I always thought when they do that, they are smelling someting that doesn't quite "klick" with their senses. Nelson does it when a mare pee's near him, or lol - I remember once I scratched my belly button and with the same finger I pulled a piece of hay out of his nose....and then he started to do that lip in the air thing...hahaha.

Anyways.....

Signs -

Look for your horse swishing their tail, that's a sign that they are "irritated" about something. Of course, if there are flies, that isn't the "sure" way to go.

Along with the tail swishing, look for them looking at their belly, biting at their belly, kicking at their belly

Another sign, a really tight nose. Their nostrils will be taught, heavy breathing goes along with it - it's called "elevated"

Wanting to lay down

Listen to their belly if you see signs - listen for gurgling. If you cannot hear any, that is a sign. I highly recommend anyone who owns a horse, have a stethascope at hand, in their first aid kit - very handy to have!

Not drinking, not pooping, not passing gas.

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When Nelson coliced - I noticed the small signs first, right away. When I saw them, I knew someting was up.

He was swishing his tail, in the middle of January. No bugs to cause that. And he was looking at his belly. I knew something was up.

It esculted to elevation, and to laying down.

My vet came out asap.
     
    08-09-2010, 09:32 PM
  #5
Trained
Increased heart rate, blue or very red gums. (pink is good) Shallow breathing and sweating for no good reason.
     
    08-09-2010, 09:34 PM
  #6
Trained
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I've never heard of the lip going in the air as a sign of something being wrong. Huh, learn something new everyday. I always thought when they do that, they are smelling someting that doesn't quite "klick" with their senses. Nelson does it when a mare pee's near him, or lol - I remember once I scratched my belly button and with the same finger I pulled a piece of hay out of his nose....and then he started to do that lip in the air thing...hahaha.
I hadn't either - Until Bundy did it. Back when he was colicking mildly afer a feed the main sign was him flipping his lip up. It was bizarre!
     
    08-09-2010, 09:35 PM
  #7
Trained
Great points MyBoyPuck!
     
    08-09-2010, 09:38 PM
  #8
Foal
Thank you guys very much for the Information.... Your first Paragraph MIEventer-LOL!

What if when your iding and the horse somtimes looks at your foot/stomach, but no other signs of colic? Is that bad?
     
    08-09-2010, 09:41 PM
  #9
Trained
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Originally Posted by MeganAndPastick    
What if when your iding and the horse somtimes looks at your foot/stomach, but no other signs of colic? Is that bad?
That sounds more like a possible ulcer if he's only looking at his stomach when there's something touching it. Is he girthy?
     
    08-09-2010, 10:03 PM
  #10
Foal
Noo Not at all is he girthy. He doesn't do it anymore but again just making sure of it :) I think I will get him checked out my the vet just incase there could be anything.
     

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