Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
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They can't stay down long. You can try to put food/water there, but the best bet is to get a vet to start an IV. Chances are it is badly dehydrated. Often, they will put a horse in a belly sling to help it on its feet. The sling will be hung from the rafters of a stall, to keep it up.
One member had a young horse down due to weakness. It was down several days while he fed and watered. It was eventually strong enough to stand.
A vet will be your best, on scene, advice. They can start emergency care.
If the horse stays down and starts eating...and stays down for a while, be prepared to treat some bad rubs all over.