10-27-2011, 01:43 PM
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My 38 year old did that to me a couple times and I would call the vet and the minute she would pull up, he'd be on his feet. The old rascal!
If it's really cold outside I would suggest messaging his legs. My old guy would have issues in the cold and we would actually message his back legs and then move them around to get the blood circulating. We would also set a bucket of warm water next to him and give him alfalfa hay. That was usually enough to kickstart him enough to where he would stand. We did have to help him up a few times by tugging on a halter with his lead rope. You have to be careful though because sometimes their old legs will give out as they stand and they'll tumble back down.
It's ok for him to lay around for a while but if you are hitting the several hour mark then you will be entering a danger zone. You really need to get him on his feet......