I'm moving to a new house with a barn and I recently had begun looking at companion horses for my mare. A friend offered me the option of possibly taking one of her horses - a 15 year old Warmblood. The horse had a reputation of being very sensitive, experiencing bouts of colic, cribbing, girth issues, etc. It had been about a year since he was last ridden and about a year since he had an episode of colic.
I went and had a guided riding session with one of my trainers last week. We did nothing major, walk, trot, and attempted canter. At the canter we noticed he was having some muscle spasms in the hindquarter, so we stopped and walked him out. He had a mild colic the day after. Two days ago I got on him bareback, and walked, trot.. maybe for about 10 minutes. Yesterday I went back to the barn to see him and he was having major colic issues, and eventually he had to be put down later that night. I feel so horrible, like part of it was my fault. I'm wondering if the stress of a new rider bought on the colic... can colic be purely propagated by an emotional issue?