What sort of colic has she had - ie spasmodic, impaction? Another reason, apart from them being in more, is reduced drinking rate due to icy water, which can be a factor in impaction colics. One of mine started to drink less and get very dry and reduced droppings during the snow, also was mildly dehydrated on a pinch test - this was remedied by adding warm water to her bucket to take the chill off.
Thanks for replies. She goes out everyday and there is hay in her paddock and she's on a high fibre feed, Winergy low energy, but she does have a habit of knocking her water bucket over during the night, but I think when it's nearly empty, she has 4 squares of hay each night in 2 haynets plus short feed.
Ive certainly seen an increase in colics since the bad weather - however they are pread out amongst those who have been turning out as normal and those who have been keeping their horses in. If turning out, its advisable to feed her the hard feed just before turnout as it may discourage her from looking for grass. There really isnt a huge amount you can do to prevent it in the case of a horse turned out in snow/frost though.
Thanks. I do give them a short feed before they go out, but this colic started just as I was feeding her,but that morning was very cold, she took 2 mouth fulls and knocked the bucket over then backed up to the wall and started kicking, first I thought it was a rat in between the walls, then realised rapidly that it was colic so rang vet straight away.
Yes as 3 hours later, when she looked better I let her out of her stable to give her a walk and she made straight for my feedbins, thanks for the tip on the icy water, will take a flask of hot water in the morning a put a little in to take the edge off and the evenings as well.
He lived out well rugged up and seemed fine at breakfast, but he was sweating
up badly at teatime - so immeadiatly called vet who diagnosed severedehydration and some element of twisted gut! He said that with pain killers etc it might right itself so could give it a chance, but in the night he suddenly got much worse and he was put down asap. We are all in shock
and agonising that we should have spotted some sign. So difficult when the are living out in this awful weather. we owned and loved him for 24 years ,
a big cuddly fluffy friendly giant.
We have been giving them wet warm bran mashes all the winter to help against the cold and dehydration, and only recently stopped, because it's MARCH!
Now we have his very long time mare companion very lonely and distressed
at his absence ... so need to find a friend for her - not easy, before she
damages her fragile tendons.
PS She is a bit quieter now a neighbour has put out some horses in an