If you suspect colic, what can you do while waiting for the vet? We have four pieces of advice for you.
There are several things that an owner can do to help a colicky horse while waiting for the vet. When safe, try to keep your horse moving on a soft surface (for example, a sand school or firm paddock) but remember: no heroics. If he’s rolling violently and is uncontrollable, just leave him be but get any hard and sharp objects out of the way. Remember not to feed your horse either.
Make it easy for your vet
Time can be crucial and being well prepared can help avoid delays. Follow these tips below to give your vet the best chance of helping your horse:
1 Know the postcode of your yard and the best directions to get there. In the dark, land marks can be hard to find, so make sure the premises are well lit and, if needed, have someone at the gate or end of the drive to wait for the vet.
2 Make sure your phone works and has signal. Also, stay off the phone so that you’re available if the vet calls for directions or other information.
3 Make sure you have your horse’s passport.
4 Have a plan for transport ready. Ensure you’ve got options for quickly transporting your horse in case your vet decides that he needs to be assessed at a clinic (this’ll ensure that it’s not going to take hours arranging a trailer to bring a potential surgical colic to a referral centre).
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