Horse has colic...don't walk?
A friend text me earlier this evening with pics and descriptions of a horse in the barn where she has her horse boarding. After discussing, we both were thinking colic and until the owner and vet could get out that she should treat the horse like he had colic. He wasn't in a lot of pain but mostly grunting, circling, and lying down then getting up. She got the horse out and walked him around until the vet came. Later this evening she called to let me know the update on the horse (it was colic) and to let me know that the vet jumped all over her for walking him. He told her it was the worst thing you could do. She just said okay and left the situation alone (he isn't her vet).
I'm sure that most all of us know that if a horse shows signs of colic, if he hasn't progressed to actively rolling and thrashing about, that you try to keep him standing and walk him. It is what I have always been told to do by my personal vets and the equine vet clinic I worked for definitely believed in walking them. So I'm wondering, has anyone heard that walking a horse with colic is bad? I'm in no way saying that this particular vet is wrong, I'm wondering is there new info out there that goes against what is normally done.