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post #1 of 7 Old 09-18-2013, 08:46 AM Thread Starter
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Drop in temp & Colic

I've read in a few recent threads that colic is tied to a sudden drop in outside temperature. Medically, why would that be the case?
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post #2 of 7 Old 09-18-2013, 08:55 AM
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I know that in the cold, some horses don't drink as much as they should (for various reasons like their water froze over, it's too cold etc) which makes them dehydrated and can cause colic.

I'm not sure about the sudden temp drop reason but I would think if they are cold they tense up and stop drinking.
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post #3 of 7 Old 09-18-2013, 09:33 AM
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I've been worrying about this alot lately. It's going from upper 30s at night to low 60s at night and from high 60s during the day to the 80s. Weather is crazy right now.
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post #4 of 7 Old 09-18-2013, 09:39 AM
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It can be related to temperature drops and changes in the barometric pressure along with a slew of other things. You have to remember, Colic is sort of like Navicular where it's a general term, in this case... It means belly ache. And as we know, a belly ache can be mild to severe to life threatening with horses.

I have one that doesn't drink the cold water so when it gets really cold out, I haul luke warm water down from the house for him. As of now, it's just the one that I have to do it with.

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You may be asking because of my old horse, Dubai.

They clinic blamed the 20oC drop in weather. I know it has made most of my work colleagues ill with colds and stomach bugs.

I don't know what really happens, but it would appear a lot of horses came down with the same problem. I will be interested in all the answers though, so subbing!
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Yep, Duffy, yours was one of a few I've seen recently! Just really curious about the WHY behind this.
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There are a myriad of reasons for why horses colic when the temps drop, while other horses are fine. We can't just point to one thing and say, 'That's it! We've found the smoking gun!' because it simply doesn't exist.

Dehydration, stress, nervous temperament, all can play a part in why some horses colic when the weather changes. It's not so much the weather getting cold as the temperature fluctuations that occur this time of year. The mornings are chilly and the afternoons are warm, sometimes even hot. Horses with delicate digestive systems can easily get sick when the temps seesaw up and down.

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