Trailer ride for twisted intestines?

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    09-26-2010, 09:12 PM
Trailer ride for twisted intestines?

Recently my grandpa told me that he had been told that when a horse colics and gets twisted the only treatment for it is a long trailer ride down a very bumpy road. Apparently the bouncing around straightens things out? I didn't believe it and it sounded quite ridiculous but it got me wondering where an idea like that comes from. Has anyone ever heard of anything like this?
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    09-26-2010, 09:26 PM
Trailer rides can sometimes help with gas colic - the bumping can jiggle things just enough to move the bubble along in the intestines.
    09-27-2010, 02:25 AM
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It probably comes from the old time misconception that colic IS a twisted intestine - they used to call it "twisted gut". I've heard many stories of trailer rides helping with basic colic for whatever reason, which is probably where the myth likely originated.
    09-27-2010, 04:34 AM
Agreed, for some forms of minor colic, a trailer ride can help (though I personally prefer to just walk them because I can keep an eye on them). However, for a true twisted gut where the intestines are actually twisted and cutting off blood supply, the only option is vet and probably surgery (or euthanasia).

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