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