Having a horse or a horse down with colic can be very worrying for horse owners. Seeing the horse you love in so much pain, and not sure if they would pull through, makes for a very stressful time. So how do you best to treat horses with colic to give the best chance of making a full recovery?
Without a doubt, the first thing you need to do is to call the vet. Veterinarians know that horses are not only ill during working hours, so do not hesitate, get on the road veterinarian as soon as possible. In the meantime, you can take help of equine pain relief.
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Better if the vet can come to the property where your horse is in pain. The last thing you want is to have a horse colic in the horse trailer down on the way to the vet.
Some people might say to wait a little before getting vet, horse walk a little and see if it settles, but if you really care about the horses, it's not the best thing to do. Yes, if you are very lucky and quite small colic, the horse may pull through without a vet, but more often than not impacted will only get worse.
While you're waiting for the vet, placing or headstall halter on the horse and move it to an area where it is easy for the vet to attend to it. If the horse is trying to lie down and roll, get them and keep them running to help reduce the risk of twisted intestines which tend to be fatal without surgery.