I've noticed that my horse keeps laying down. She lays down some, but today she has been laying down quite a bit and I'm worried something might be wrong. When I go to her she gets up, but a few minutes later she's back laying down again..can anyone give ma some info on this?
When my mare did this, she was colicking. I couldn't get a hold of my regular vet, so I called the emergency vet and he recommended mineral oil. I'm afraid I can't remember the dose, but it was 2-3 bottles of the size you usually find at the drug store. Maybe pints? We used a turkey baster at the back of the throat like you would do a de-wormer. She had a bowel movement within a couple of hours.
If your horse hasn't had a bowel movement, or if you can't hear movement in her belly, that's a good "amateur" way to tell. Otherwise, maybe laminitis. I would call and speak with a vet...many will just give you advice over the phone for free, until you decide for sure whether to have one out. Regardless, lying down a lot isn't a typical behavior, so be on the look out. Good luck!
I agree with everyone here, it could be colic- and just to reitterate colic is a serious emergency. If you know how to take a pulse and a temperature, do it. She should have a pulse of no higher than 40 and a temp of no higher than 99 degrees F. You can take the pulse under her jaw, at the very round part but be careful not to press too hard or you will occlude the artery and not feel a pulse. In the meantime, keep her up and walk her. If you have banamine and know how to dose/use it, give her some if the pulse is high.