08-09-2010, 10:32 PM
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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.
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.
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.