Colic Roll vs. Feel Good Roll

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    01-26-2012, 09:34 AM
Colic Roll vs. Feel Good Roll

A curious thought popped into my head as my horse was rolling our indoor arena the other day.
What is the difference between a colicy roll and a good ol' fashioned feel good, rooting in the dirt roll?

I honestly have no idea as to the difference and would love to hear your opinions on this!
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    01-26-2012, 09:49 AM
Originally Posted by OkieGal    
What is the difference between a colicy roll and a good ol' fashioned feel good, rooting in the dirt roll?
Most of my horses will roll after a good work out or on their way in or out of their stalls (they walk out through the indoor arena). They shake when they get up and perhaps throw in a happy buck or sassy squeal.

A colic roll - the horse will not hunt for a nice place, they will drop any where. It is obvious they are not scratching but hurting.
    01-26-2012, 09:56 AM
You would notice the difference.. I know my horse will go down and get up and go down and get up and he looks like he is in pain. He has had gas colic twice. He also doesn't normally have happy rolls when I'm around lol.
    01-26-2012, 09:58 AM
After a colic roll they will do a big body shake. The bigger the shake the better they feel...only shaking the head and neck after a roll is a suggestion that things are okay but there is something bothersome. I have used this as a sign to start paying attention and have had that be the first symptom of simple things like body soreness or an oncoming illness. I have yet to have a vet scoff at the change in a horse's rolling patterns!

The reverse is true as well- no rolling (finding shaving in manes or tails if they live inside) or even getting down at some point is also a sign of issues usually stiffness, sore joints or even back problems. Takes a lot of muscles to get that big bod down on the ground and back up again! I always try to pause and watch when I see one of my own horses or a client's horses getting ready to roll.
    01-26-2012, 10:00 AM
Green Broke
Normaly a lot of pained sounding groaning. Sometimes the horse will stay on its sideand kick at its belly. When they get up they will often have a kick at thier belly.
They will often half sit up and look at thier belly.
There wil normaly be a pinching to the nostril and the horse generaly will look distressed.
    01-26-2012, 10:01 AM
Biggest difference is that the horse will have shown signs of colic or distress long before rolling. Anxious, looking at their sides, straining to make manure, pawing, elevated pulse and respiration, possibly sweating.

Most horses will roll after a workout, and will hunt around, nose to the ground, looking for a good scratchy place. My chestnut horse is a diva and *must* roll if he's the least bit sweaty, always rolls after a bath or being unsaddled. It's a *happy* roll, if that makes sense.

A colicky horse rolling is not a *happy* roll, and the horse will be showing clear signs of distress beforehand.
    01-26-2012, 11:09 AM
Thank you, guys!

I wasn't worried if it was colic or not. Sorry if that confuses anyone.
My horse did his usual sniff, paw, half laydown, paw some more, and then....FLOP! It was quite comical.
I had worked him into a nice sweat so that makes sense that he would want to roll.
    01-26-2012, 11:26 AM
Green Broke
Yep, watch for that shake
    01-26-2012, 12:04 PM
When a horse is collicing, they will roll, get up, and roll again...If they keep doing this, it is something to be concerned about.
    01-26-2012, 12:07 PM
They also bite their sides when collicking, as if to help everything move along. Often a collicking horse has passed manure while in the trailer on the way to the Vet. The movement in the trailer rocks enough to move their intestines. NOT always, but often enough that your Vet has stories.

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