Colic – to walk or not to walk?

Rolling pony

Myth:

Always walk a colicky horse.

Busted:

Walking won’t cure colic and it isn’t always in your horse’s best interest (or yours) to walk him for hours and hours.

Contrary to popular belief, there isn’t evidence that rolling causes the gut to twist; however, a thrashing horse can injure themselves in other ways.

First and foremost, if you suspect your horse has colic call the vet immediately.

Follow these guidelines while waiting for the vet to arrive:

  • If a colicky horse is lying quietly in a safe place, let him rest.
  • If your horse is uncomfortable and rolling, or if he is in a place that is dangerous and you can safely do so, get him up and walk him.
  • If a horse is thrashing about, keep your distance until the vet arrives.

 

Article written by KPP staff.

Copyright (C) 2014 Kentucky Performance Products, LLC.   All rights reserved.


Article sponsored by Neigh-Lox Advanced; healthy digestive tract formula. Blend of ingredients that work synergistically to support both a healthy foregut and hindgut so horses utilize feed more efficiently, feel better, and eat better.

When health issues arise, always seek the advice of a licensed veterinarian who can help you choose the correct course of action for your horse. Supplements are intended to maintain healthy systems and support recovery and healing. They are not intended to treat or cure illness or injury.


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Since 1998, Kentucky Performance Products has simplified a horse owner’s search for research-proven nutritional horse supplements that meet the challenges facing modern horses. KPP horse supplements target specific nutritional needs and are formulated to complement today’s feeds, thus safeguarding against over-supplementation. Each product is scientifically formulated and made with high-quality ingredients at certified manufacturing facilities. Kentucky Performance Products is proud to offer a quality assurance promise backed by a money-back guarantee. Kentucky Performance Products brings you horse supplements you can count on because the horse that matters to you, matters to us.

 

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