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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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Trailer rides can sometimes help with gas colic - the bumping can jiggle things just enough to move the bubble along in the intestines.
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.
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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