My sisters horse, Flicka, is laying down a lot lately, she is still eating and drinking but not as much as the others.
She seems to be sore around the girth area and behind her shoulders, under where your knee would go if you were sitting on her. She is in a new paddock, very safe, Diamond Mesh and a large-ish area, with 3 other horses in her paddock.
They were in that paddock for a day and night before we went away for a week. My uncle looking after them, checking them twice daily. But when we came home Flicka was laying down on the hay while the rest were sleeping.
Usually she would get up when we walk to her, but she doesn't anymore.
I don't know if she just feels overly safe, or if theres something wrong.
Also my mare, the 'boss', kinda beat her up... not bad, but flicka always tries to get up her, so she has a few nicks and scratches but no cuts or swelling.
Sorry this is so long /: but im really concerned cause my sisters horses always seem to hurt them selves, and her two favorite have passed on, if she looses flicka, honestly I don't know what she would do.
We also haven't ridden her since we've been back, (two days). And she seems a little doppy...
But this is 110% not colic. We've had that before, and I know all the symptoms.
Thanks heaps, and sorry again for such a long post /: