Quiz- Do You Know How to Handle a Horse With Colic
Are You Ready To Handle Colic?
Take this quiz to find out if you are ready and able to handle colic if it happens to your horse or a horse that you ride. Colic is one of the most common reasons horse owners have to call out the vet. A horse with abdominal pain should be taken seriously since from the outside we have no idea how bad it is. It can be as simple as gas colic or a small impaction in the bowel, to a twisted intestine.....Colic is serious business, are you ready?
1. A classic sign of a horse with colic is what?
d-eating more than usual
2. Is it okay for a colicky horse to lay down?
a- Yes, for short periods of time if he isn't thrashing around
b-No, get him up right away
c-Call the vet and ask
d- It's better for them to be up and walking.
3. You should let your horse eat grain and hay if he has colic.
4. How do you check your horse's hydration?
a- pinch the skin and see how long it stays "tented up", it should return to a flat position quickly.
b- First look in the stall water bucket, then check the water trough in the field
c-There is really no way to check a horse's hydration
d- press on his gum and see how long it takes for the color to return to normal
5. You should give your horse any pain medication that you have on hand.
6. If your horse is showing signs of colic, you should leave him out in the field.
7. One of the best things you can do to help a colicky horse is what?
a-feed him a lot of treats
b-keep him walking if you can
c- put a blanket on him
d-keep him as still as possible
8. The vet will often give this common medication once they have determined the horses colic is not a dangerous one.
9. Surgery, though expensive, is an option for bad impactions or twist type colics?
10. If you think your horse is showing signs of colic, the vet will need to come out and check him immediately
a-Depends on the severity of the symptoms
b-No, you can handle it on your own
c-If your horse is showing signs of colic it is too late to do anything about it d- Yes, if your horse is showing colic signs that is not something you can handle on your own.
Stay Tuned For The Answers
Stay tuned for a follow-up article, with answers and explanations of how to handle a colic situation with a horse.