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        04-21-2013, 06:09 PM
      #21
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by Saddlebag    
    I'm wondering if human interference improves the situation other than to get the horse out of the stall in case it succumbs to a twisted gut. It also eliminates the possiblilty of the horse becoming cast. Horses have dealt with both types of colic for millenia, most make it, some don't. Research on colic revealed that when the horse rolls, it is rearranging it's gut. It is most difficult to stand by and do nothing but perhaps the best course of action is inaction.
    I think this is an interesting point - we know that horses from the very beginning have lived through/adapted in circumstances that we would deem surprising. Their bodies scientifically and their instincts are far more 'pure', actually, than what we would make them as a domesticated animal. I've not had to experience colic, (thank goodness!) with either of my mares, but if so, this would be something to seriously consider....
         
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        04-21-2013, 06:20 PM
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    Showing
    It isn't easy to tell if it's gas colic, like a baby, or the gut twisting and that can take place anywhere from the stomach back. If it can be reached there's a good chance of recovery. With gut twisting the horse will sweat profusely, denoting severe pain, along with thrashing. When the gut hemorrhages the sweat will begin to dry as the horse experiences relief but unfortunately the end is near.
         

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