This is our first experience with a Colicky horse in the ten years we have owned them.
At first we didn't know he was colicky. When I went to get him to ride his pawed once but I didn't think of it. He stood still when I groomed him - he was untied and stood still.
I was riding bareback for not even ten minutes when he wouldn't go forward and trot as I was asking him to do. He just stopped for a minute and layed down. It was all funny at first because he just layed down and thankfully waited until I got off his back to roll. Our other horse did that once with a saddle on - just because he wanted to roll and his best friend who the thinks he is glued to rolled also.
Anyways - it was all funny until Brisco rolled on on side, closed his eyes and just layed there. My mom and I tried getting him up but he wouldn't budge. I honestly didn't know if he was getting back up because he didn't blink at all. Just layed there with his eyes closed.
I ran and got the halter and carrot stick - and it was a good thing he doesn't like the carrot stick very much because he was on his feet in a heartbeat when I hit the ground really hard with it. Of course I didn't know he only had colic and was okay, but I was crying and freaking out because for all I new he could have just died right there. He got up and also a good thing that the barn owner was there. (He has been riding since he could walk and has trained and rode bucking horses for a living.)
He said that he had colic and had some pain killer with him that day.
I walked him around and he didn't try to lay down or roll, but when we held still as the owner instructed to do for a few minutes to see what he does all he did was stomp his feet and look at his stomach.
None of our horses have colicked before and when he first layed down it was quite scary.
We checked on him today and he is feeling better because he was protecting his food from both the horses - nipping and kicking at them. Not like fighting kicking but just like, hey get your own food and back off...JACK!
So Brisco is feeling better, so that is good.
Brisco is 22 years old and this is his first time with colic.
The BO was talking to my mom when I was walking him and I heard their conversation. The BO said that when older horses start going downhill then they can start to colic a lot.
I don't know exactly what Brisco's case is, but I just want what is best for him. Not going all time religious here, but I didn't ask god to keep him alive for the benefit of me - because if he is in serious pain (which it dind't look like and the BO said he was getting better) then just do what is right for him. I want what is best for my horse - not what is best for me because that isn't fair.
So, I would like to know more about colic, what different medications that can help. I know the signs that the horse may have colic - but feel free to list them anyways in case there are others I don't know of. I know this: Swishing the tail, stomping the feet, pawing, look at his side for a few seconds, long times of laying down, not eating or drinking. And I think head shaking may be one also because Brisco was pointing his nose out and shaking his head. And it is winter - so I know that tail wishing and shaking of the head isn't from the flies.
But just lots of any of the occurring may be symptoms of colic.
I would just like to hear any information you have about colic. For future use as well to maybe help my boy if he gets it again.
I want to raise horses - so this would also be great info for when I graduate and have enough money to do so.
Thanks so much. Any and all info is helpful.