What To Do If Your Horse Has Colic
If your horse shows signs of colic the chances are that you are panicking right now but the first thing that you should be doing is calling your vet to request that they come out to you as it can be hard to determine how severe the colic attack is without a real understanding of the condition.
While most cases of colic are considered to be mild attacks, we know that waiting for the vet to arrive can feel like a lifetime and with your horse clearly showing signs of distress, you will be wanting to know what you can do to help until the vet arrives.
There are a number of times that you can do that can help to ease the discomfort that your horse is experiencing due to colic, including trying to walk your horse to see if that seems to provide any level of relief for your horse.
Should I Walk My Horse That Has Colic?
Walking your horse will promote gastrointestinal motility better than if you were to simply leave the horse to stand in a stall or stable, so place a headcollar onto your horse and begin to walk your horse around, making sure that it can’t stop to graze while doing so.
Although walking your horse until the vet arrives is commonly advised, it will only help with simple gas colic or simple impaction, meaning that if there are no signs of potential lightening of the symptoms that your horse is showing, the chances are that you are going to need an intervention from your vet.
In times of discomfort, your horse could be attempting to roll on the ground and while it is best to try to prevent your horse from doing this, if it is proving to be an issue while the horse is walking and stood in a stall or stable, then don’t panic as with the vet on the way, the chances are that a twisted gut is unlikely.
Should I Sedate My Horse That Has Colic?
There are horse owners that have previously asked whether they should look to sedate their horse if the symptoms of colic are still evident after attempting to walk their horse and although many will question whether this is the best way to be able to provide relief, it could be a good way to prevent your horse from attempting to roll.
Sedating your horse would allow for a quick release of pain for your horse, however, to be able to sedate your horse correctly you would need to have the right type of sedation, so if you only have sedative paste available, the chances are you don’t have the right type of sedative.
Ideally, you would need to inject a sedative that contains Xylazine into your horse but this is only suggested for owners that have experience of injecting their horse correctly and should never be attempted by anyone without the correct training.