S.O.P 1.1.1:  Colic symptoms, recognition and treatment

Colic: Signs and Symptoms 

(http://www.thehorse.com/articles/33366/the-clinical-signs-of-equine-colic)

Pawing at the ground with forelimb
Stretching out;
Reaching around with the head to the flank;
Increased amount of time lying down;
Poor appetite;
Playing in the water bucket;
Continual shifting of weight on the hind limbs; and
Standing against a wall and moving infrequently.

Treatment: Calling Vet sooner than later is always advisable as colic can become worse quickly.

(http://www.thehorse.com/articles/24404/dealing-with-colic-32-dos-and-donts)

  1. Check Vital Signs, Heart rate and rectal temp
  2. Check stall for manure
  3. CALL VET
  4. Closely monitor your horse
  5. Walk your horse around
  6. Do not exhaust the horse
  7. Remove Food
  8. Provide plenty of water
  9. Medication on advice of Vet Only
  10.  Keep Horse contained in safe area
  11. Consider Trailering horse to hospital

 

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