March 6, 2007 at 12:46 #967
Bit of a newbies question I suppose but if I don’t ask the question I won’t find the answer. I thought Colic was a horse disease that attacked the hooves of elderly and injured horses. However I see that Roxan (a 3 year old filly) has died of Colic in the last week. SO what exactly is Colic and how do horses get it?March 6, 2007 at 12:51 #42729Jim JTSMember
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Other than me try to explain the following link will help you FSL…
<br>Colic In HorsesMarch 6, 2007 at 13:04 #42730Lincoln DuncanMember
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Laminitis is the disease that can attack the hooves of any horse, whether elderly, youngerly, fit ot fat.March 6, 2007 at 13:06 #42731SalMember
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I think you were probably thinking of laminitis, FSL, which is inflammation of the soft lining in their hooves.
The short version of Jim’s link is:
Colic is tummy ache for horses, but because they have so much intestine it can be very dangerous. Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â It is not contagious, it usually comes from eating bad food, drinking too quickly after eating, excising on a full stomach – pretty much like indigestion.
If caught early enough it is usually easy to treat (coca cola and paracetamol, I think used to be the pony club remedy). Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â The danger comes when the gut becomes blocked (horses can’t be sick, so bad food has to go the other way). Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â In addition they can get very distressed with the pain, and in thrashing around to ease it they can damage themselves more. Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â
I’m sorry to see about Roxan, I thought she was a really nice type when winning the Hilary Needler.March 6, 2007 at 13:15 #42732
Yes Sal thats what I was thinking of :)March 6, 2007 at 16:02 #42733AdrianParticipant
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Another cause can be a sudden change in diet – that is why new types of feed need to be introduced slowly.
I also think it can be stress induced – certainly one of my horses got it when left in his stable all day when he was a young horse used to being out doors.
Some recover with time and others with a drench. Mine had to have an operation whereby they cut a length of his intestine away. This is the most hazardous way of treating him but it worked fine and we’ve never had a problem since (although often insurance companies won’t cover you for colic more than once).March 6, 2007 at 16:21 #42734
Going off topic slightly, but what animals can and can’t vomit? I can see why tummy ache is very severe for a horse if it cannot vomit it out.March 6, 2007 at 19:20 #42735MeshaheerMember
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I think babies can suffer from colic too. In fact when I have a stomachache I usually call it colic, but that’s probably due to being round horses too much.
Horses can’t vomit, as far as I know. Lucky creatures! Then again it’s probably a good thing considering the size of them, although it would probably make stomach ailments less serious if they could.March 6, 2007 at 21:04 #42736DroneParticipant
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Quote: from FlatSeasonLover on 4:21 pm on Mar. 6, 2007[br]Going off topic slightly, but what animals can and can’t vomit? <br>
As a rough rule herbivores (cattle, horses, rabbits) do not vomit or only do so as a ‘last resort’ when very seriously ill; carnivores (cats, dogs) frequently, and often deliberately, by consuming a ‘foreign’ food such as grass; and omnivores (us, pigs) only when having a stomach upset.
Ruminant herbivores practice a controlled vomiting of sorts when chewing the cud (ruminating).
I would guess that horses, being non-ruminant herbivores, don’t vomit for the same physiological reasons that allows them to breathe only through their nose and not their mouth i.e. they can’t pant.
I believe birds don’t chunder either.March 6, 2007 at 21:26 #42737Malc SmithMember
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Owls do vomit because, as we know, they bring up pellets. Also some birds regurgitate their food for their young to eat in a sort of reheating cum MagiMix sort of way.
Whales are reputed to have swallowed, and later vomited, biblical characters but this could just be a tall tale or a mistranslation when Jonah said he’d been to Wales for three days.March 6, 2007 at 22:26 #42738DroneParticipant
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Point taken re: pellets/regurgitation but shouldn’t the word ‘vomit’ be limited to the involuntary ejection of undigested stomach contents due to nausea/infection rather than the voluntary, controlled ejection of waste material/food as part of the natural cycle
Splitting hairs perhaps.
Jonah had a weakness for Double Dragon.March 6, 2007 at 23:27 #42739racinggirlukMember
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There are a few different types of colic…<br>But I will be here forever trying to type it all out for you…My own horse died of impaction colic 3 years ago…He was a very good horse on the flat and was just learning his trade over jumps…<br>here is a page of all the info you need: http://www.equusite.com/articles/health/healthColicFacts.shtml
Any questions just ask…
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