When I have a horse that is colicing the first thing I do is listen for gut sounds. When checking for gut sounds use a stethoscope and check the upper and lower parts of the stomach be sure to check both sides in the flank area.
You should hear gurgling sounds. If there is an absence of gut sounds that could mean an impaction, but if you hear pinging sounds that usually means gas colic. If a horse has diarrhea or colitis the gut sounds are constant. Click here to see exactly where to listen for gut sounds.
After I listen to the sounds I then syringe in their mouth a mixture of DynaPro with DiGize. If they have no gut sounds I add in some Cayenne extract because it stimulates the digestion and gets it moving. I massage their abdomen on each side working the massage back toward the hindquarters (be careful as some horses when in pain my kick). I also mix DiGize and Peppermint essential oil in with some olive oil (can also use coconut or almond oil) and put a little on the navel then pour the rest on the front frogs. Read what Dr. Schulze had to say about using cayenne pepper.
The other thing I do is check the horses capillary refill rate and for dehydration. These are good things to know if you have to call a vet. The way you check the capillary refill rate is by lifting the upper lip then take your thumb and push firmly on the gum for two seconds then release. You will see a white mark, take note of how long it takes for the blood to return to that area. Normal refill time is 1 to 2 seconds. If it takes longer than two seconds it could mean the horse is in shock.
The way you check for dehydration is by doing the pinch test. Pinch some skin on the horses neck, if the skin flattens back down in less than a second the horse is ok. If it doesn’t, then it probably means they are dehydrated and have not been drinking enough water.
When I use the protocol above I make sure I give this to my horse every fifteen minutes until I see improvement. If after thirty minutes I don’t start seeing some improvement I call the veterinarian. If your in doubt don’t wait call immediately. I’ve had years of experience helping horses with colic and getting them over it, but if I need a vet I will call them.
Make sure you listen to you horse’s gut sounds before anything goes wrong so you know what is normal that way when something does go wrong you will know what to tell your veterinarian.
NOTICE/DISCLAIMER: I am not a veterinarian and I do not offer medical advice to others. The following is not intended and should not be viewed as a substitute for appropriate veterinary or medical care. Any information provided herein comes from my personal experiences and from various companies, health care professionals and individuals who have researched and/or dealt with the health issues included in post. Please use what feels appropriate to you, and consult with your allopathic, holistic or homeopathic veterinarian or physician for proper diagnoses of medical issues before proceeding with the suggestions contained herein.