What to do if you suspect colic

Lying down and looking restless may be a sign of colic. Colic is a general term used to describe abdominal pain. It has many causes and it's symptoms can vary from mild to extreme.

In some cases it can prove fatal. The signs include...

  • Observing his flank or biting his abdomen 
  • Lying down for prolonged periods 
  • Increased pawing at the ground and box walking 
  • Constantly getting up and down appearing distressed 

What to do

If you're worried your horse may have colic, first call the vet then follow these steps:

  1. Don't administer any medications as this could be counter productive.
  2. Remove any food from his stable and make sure he doesn't eat his bedding.
  3. Gentle walking can be helpful but only if it's safe to do so. 
  4. It may be safer to walk your horse on a lunge line in a sand school.
  5. Keep yourself safe and don't go in a stable with a distressed thrashing horse.