How to Handle Horse Colic While Waiting On the Vet

Are you fast at spotting colic in your pony? How quick are your reactions?

There are a large amount of misunderstandings about colic in horses and this could cause unintentional delays in organizing for care and therapy when colic does strike. Horses recover fast and completely if they receive immediate treatment. As a horse owner, it befalls you to be comprehensively familiar with all of the signs of colic and to be ready for it at any time at all. You can play a no-risk, effective game by following the steps detailed below if you suspect colic:

1. Contact your veterinarian immediately. Get his advice on what to do and comply.

2. Keep cool and calm. Taking some deep breaths gets you focused. You are not going to be of much help to your stricken horse if you’re jumping around like a cat on hot bricks. Just bear in mind that colic can be serious, but unless in a very extreme stage, it isn’t a killer.

3. Get rid of all hay and grain in the immediate area of your pony.

4. If you know how to, monitor and note down your horse’s vital signs once in 5 minutes. While your notes can be of great assistance to your vet, don’t get upset if you cannot do it. It is handy but not a life-saving requirement.

5. Leave your horse alone if she seems to be calm. Groom her gently with a curry or massage her if you can do it without causing distress. Be wary of kicks and bites because she could be tender. When soothing hurting animals, including human beings, remember the golden rule: if they don’t desire it, don’t do it!

6. Try taking your horse out for a stroll if she seems to be really restless. A walk may keep her mind off her discomfort and also assist in moving gas or other obstructions. Leave the pace to your pony. Whatever speed she appears to want to set, let her do so. In everything you do, target reducing of stress and increase of comfort for your pony.

7. Don’t restrain your pony in any manner in the slightest, whether with cross ties or otherwise. You will just panic her, leading to injury to either or both of you. Never forget you are dealing with a horse in pain.

8. Try your best to stop your pony from rolling on the ground, if she tries to. She may cause harm to herself, particularly by amplifying her colic. Nevertheless don’t make attempts to stop her at the risk of injury to yourself or others.

9. Keep your pony safe from injury. Remove all objects that could cut or injure her from her vicinity. Line her stall walls with bales of hay to stop her from injuring herself.

10. You have no choice if you are alone, but if you can call on the help of others, do so. It’d be a massive relief to have someone hold your pony while you are grooming her or checking for vital signs.

And more than the rest, keep positive.

These are some other tips. There is no verifiable scientific evidence for this, but some horses do appear to feel better when they’re listening to soft music. You can try out all of the genres of music that could be catalogued as soft and see what your horse appears to like best.

Rather like humans, some horses feel better when there’s company around, but some appear to prefer to be left alone. If your pony is of the company-seeking type, let her hobnob a bit with her pasture buddies, if there are any.

So far as water is concerned, it is better to be safe than to be sorry, and therefore unless you have express contrary instructions from your veterinarian, it’s better to get rid of all water from around your pony.

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