Join Date: May 2013
Location: State of Jefferson
If possible I think it is good to walk the horse with colic, especially if you can't get the vet out. For one thing, the pain can come and go like spasms. It is not good to leave them alone, as they could get another bout of pain and start to thrash. I've spent a few midnight hours walking colicky horses -- couldn't get the vet and of course these things happen late Friday night. It helps them to walk and also takes their mind off the pain. All the other advice given above is good. I can attest to the fact that the older the horse, the more prone to colic. Also, I think their old intestines are more prone to getting a twist. All you can do is keep their teeth good and their diet good and watch them close. Once they have had it, chances are they will get it again. It can be incredibly painful for some, and others seem to just get a tummy ache. Colic gets a lot of horses every year. You're wise to take it seriously.