Colic first aid
Observation is critical, call your vet immediately.
Your ability to describe the horse’s behaviour and condition accurately is extremely important.
Record keeping of times, dates and details.
This includes - All expressions of distress such as looking at the gut, pouring the ground, wanting to lay down, restlessness, walking or trotting erratically.
Details of the horse’s condition can indicate the severity of the colic.
These indicators include - heart rate, breaths per minute, temperature, gut sounds, capillary refill & hydration.
Your vet will also want to know of the horse’s work regime, feed and living conditions, this will cover any changes or unusual patterns for example - the horse not interested in food or has not been drinking as much as normal.
Any newly introduced food / supplements or a new batch of hay.
Excessive sweating during work.
There is much to learn about colic and first aid for horses.
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Reduce time & water consumption when washing.
Horse health - reduced risk of skin infections, helps keep electrolyte levels balanced, temperature remains healthy when working. Horse dries immediately after being washed rather than staying wet & cold for long periods of time.
In spring the horse’s coat drops very short clipped hair rather than long winter hair.
Gear won’t pull the horse’s coat.
****Rugging is more intensive .
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Jack tested dehydrated to the pinch test , his excessive sweating & water consumption was flushing his system of electrolytes .
He was feeling very lethargic.
This is very dangerous for his health.
Clipped , comfortable and ready for good health.