Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Out West ArIzOnA
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First someone needs to call a vet, don't wait for a forum to answer your questions, does not sound like colic to me, it could be numerous things.
Most horses will show some restlessness or uneasiness as the digestive process starts to go awry. As the discomfort increases a horse may paw, look at his flanks, nip at his flanks, kick at his abdomen, keep getting up and lying down, roll or stretch into odd positions, stand and rest in odd positions, rock back against a solid object and repeatedly change weight on the hind legs.
Oftentimes the first noticeable difference between a resting horse and a colicing horse who is laying quietly on the ground is unusual and frequent jaw movements such as partial yawns, rocking of the lower jaw, raising of the upper lip and curling of the tongue when the mouth is open. As the colic intensifies, the symptoms usually become more pronounced. As the heart and breathing rates increase and the inner eyelids become congested (show a brick-brown to a bright red color), you are rapidly approaching a terminal situation.
Assess the situation. What has recently happened (the probable cause of the colic)?
Take vital signs.
If things don't look good, and especially if it appears that you are approaching "red alert" conditions (as agreed upon by your vet and you), immediately phone your vet with your findings.
Don't medicate the horse unless it is part of your veterinarian's "standing orders."
There is so much that can go wrong, you need to call a vet, asap...