10 Things to Know About Gas Colic


Hi! My name is Casie Bazay. I'm a mom, a freelance writer, and a certified equine acupressure practitioner.

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  1. Clissa says:

    I can only remember once having a colic incident with a horse I owned.
    It was my middle aged QH gelding a few years ago after a faecal egg count suggested I do a different regime to get encysted worms.
    After the second dose a week went by, then my gelding coliced late one afternoon. I watched, walked & massaged him for 2hrs then decided to call the vet. I forgot about the worming as a possible cause. In anycase he had colic.
    Vet did all the usual things, none of which seemed to work. We talked about putting him to sleep.
    I sat with my horse all night in the front yard of my house & had to keep dragging him out of a hedge he kept blundering up into. It was planted on a bit of a raised garden bed.
    Then it occurred to me he must be seeking comfort in the change of angle of his body with his front feet up on the dirt mound. So I walked him (it took 30mins) to an old fruit tree mound some meters from where he had been standing.
    Once he saw it he walked faster & placed his front feet on top. The orchard is on a slope & once he had his brain in gear he slowly moved his hind end around the mound so he was facing uphill from the most downhill side. This afforded him the steepest angle for his body & gut I suppose.
    After 20-30mins he began passing wind, lots of wind! He passed wind for hours!
    Within an hour of starting to pass wind he began eating grass on the mound.
    I knew he would be ok once he was eating again. To my thinking it was all a bit counter intuitive because you might think his hind end had to be higher so the gas could escape but perhaps it depends on which part of the gut the gas is trapped in.
    However I still believe the colic was caused initially by the encysted larvae hatching enmass. There is no other reasonable explanation because nothing else had changed in his diet & living situation.
    Anyway if I am ever involved in a colic case again I will try my best to give the horse the ability to stand its front end on some sort of raised platform or dirt mound. Maybe it might work, maybe not. That’s how it seems to be with colic. Sometimes some things work & other times not.

    • Casie says:

      Wow–what a story! Sounds like he knew what he needed to do. Laying down can actually help move the gas along too, from what I’ve read.

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