Join Date: May 2009
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
I was a little surprised to read some of the posts, as I'm a magazine junkie and over the past couple years, the vets have drastically changed how they view colic. The experience is SO exhausting for a horse, they advise allowing them to lay down whenever they want as long as they're quiet.
Realistically, if a 16.3hh wants to go down, there's not a lot we can do to technically stop them. If they're that determined, it's worth a shot to see if they'll lay quietly. I don't think a horse has to be "moving at all costs".
I'm also curious - if thrashing can cause a twisting of the stomach, how is it horses roll constantly and never have this problem? I seem to remember reading something where all the hype about a twisted gut was actually being blown out of proportion, but I can't for the life of me remember what it was.
I hope God tells her to smash her computer with a sledgehammer.