Colic If you suspect your horse has colic, record all the symptoms it is showing, take the horse's vital signs, then call us immediately . Return to the horse, walk him for about 15 minutes, then release him in a safe area and watch his behavior. A simple colic can quickly turn deadly without prompt attention.
- Rolling excessively
- Kicking at belly
- Looking at or biting belly
- Change in attitude, or depression
- Lack of appetite
- Unable to defecate
- Little or no gut sounds
- Sitting like a dog or lying down
- Stretching out as if to urinate
- Restlessness, or lying down, getting up, lying down again, etc.
If you horse is already rolling on the ground, thrashing, and sweating, get him up as soon as possible! A horse that is rolling may twist an intestine or complicate an otherwise minor colic. Remember, a colicing horse may be dangerous to be around since it is in pain. Move carefully and be aware when with one.
Keep all food and water away from the horse until the vet arrives. Try to keep the horse as calm as possible, and keep it from rolling if possible. You may want to walk the horse for a few minutes, then let the horse stand or lie relaxed. Do not continue to walk the horse for hours.