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post #11 of 16 Old 01-23-2007, 11:37 AM
 
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Colic and its symptoms

Horses suffering from colic usually are in a great deal of pain. They express their discomfort by doing some or all of the following:

• Biting at the flanks or abdomen
• Repeatedly curling the upper lip
• Pawing the ground
• Kicking at the abdomen
• Rolling
• Kicking at the belly
• Lying down more than usual
• Getting up and lying down repeatedly
• Standing with legs stretched out
• Standing frequently as if to urinate
• Turning the head towards the flank
• Pacing
• Sweating profusely
• Swishing the tail violently


These bouts of pain often come in waves, so the horse may seem all right one minute but frantic the next. The pain also can start out being mild and but get progressively worse, or it can just remain simply mild.

If you suspect that your horse has colic, don’t waste a single minute, call your vet immediately. You should also take away all the horse’s food and walk him continually while you wait for the vet to arrive, assuming he is able to walk, but do not walk him to exhaustion.

If your horse insists on rolling, there will be little you can do to prevent it, so just make sure he is in an area in which he cannot damage himself. Whatever you do, do not administer any drugs until your vet arrives and tells you what to do.
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post #12 of 16 Old 01-23-2007, 11:40 PM
 
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One of my mares who passed away a few years ago sat down like a dog or a cat does when she coliced. She coliced once and sat down like that. We had our vet out within the hour. Too bad for us, he retired shortly there after. We need him now.
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post #13 of 16 Old 03-08-2007, 10:56 PM
 
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colic

Might be an enterlith. Signs are often intermitent until situation gets severe. .
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post #14 of 16 Old 03-23-2007, 07:56 PM
 
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HI,

Thought I would throw in a suggestion, if you feel your horse has colic, you may like to try giving him beer, you can use an old worming syringe, it won't hurt them.....many people with endurance horses use it.
It is an old remedy but does work, have used it on numerous occasions....haven't had to call a vet yet...........Be carful somtimes they can get a little intoxicated lol....if so don't float them.
Would agree what the others have written what the earlier signs are....so just keep an I out for them.
Please call a vet if you think he/she is getting worse.
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post #15 of 16 Old 03-23-2007, 08:27 PM
 
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As previously said ALWAYS walk a horse if you think it might have colic, i've known several good horses be put down cause the owner didn't walk it!
post #16 of 16 Old 03-23-2007, 09:57 PM
 
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Well sometimes horses will roll, and usually you always here gut sounds in their tummy, but if you dont, than thats another sign.

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