Originally Posted by Ryle
colic is "abdominal pain"-- colic is just a desription indicating abdominal pain and can have mainy causes. You can have either increased or decreased or no gut sounds with colic depending on the cause. Walking is ok, so long as it is not done to excess--exhausting a colicy horse and adding to the dehydration problem only makes things worse. Lying down is ok so long as the horse is not rolling or thrashing.
I'm sorry to hear about your horse.
The 1st article is states colic refers to abdominal pain most often originating from the digestive tract.
The 2nd article contradicts itself: first it states “colic” officially refers to any type of abdominal pain
Then it states other problems such as bladder stones and tying up may occasionally mimic gut pain and look like colic
implying that if it's not "gut" pain, it's not colic. So, it's not surprising then that I've had this information from other sources as well. However, the article also says it refers to major types of colic -- but every reference to colic in it, is digestive/intestinal based. What my guy had was trauma to his spleen, which, by the 2nd definition would not be colic and walking was not helpful whatsoever; actually would have increased his shock and killed him sooner. So I'm glad I went by my own gut instinct and stopped walking him, gave water, (both contra-first aid for gastro-colic, right?), triple blanketed (water and blanket to treat for shock) and awaited my vet.
So, how as a lay person, do we determine the best first aid? Tough, isn't it? I was lucky that I chose the right thing I think. It'd didn't save him, nothing would have, but I did no harm.
Seems to me, we use the term equine colic just as freely as we use baby colic. If they're upset and we don't know why, it must be colic. Never liked that when I had my babies and not happy with it for my horses.
As for the rolling -- this is what really throws me more than anything -- isn't the horse trying to massage the gut by rolling? I know if *I* have a sore stomach, sometimes that's what I do, but human anatomy being what it is, that may not be comparable. Horses roll all the time, so why is it considered detrimental during gastro-colic, but not any other time? If it'll twist, it'll twist, no? Or is this purely preventative for "colic" situs resulting in blockage where the intestine is perhaps stiff at one location, but overly flaccid at another due to nothing being in the intestine after the blockage?
Dumas' Grrrl -- I noticed your story, but didn't post, sorry. I tend not to get involved in those - just a thing I have. Poor social skills for sure. But I am glad for you that all worked out well and you learned from the experience. Did you go camping? Actually, never mind that question here -- you can tell the camping tale (or not) on another thread take up. I'll watch for it. I knew my guy was in really bad shape when I found his heart was waaaay too fast, and his gums were pale, pale, pale.
(edited to correct spelling)