Q: How can I prepare for an emergency?
A: Keep your veterinarian’s phone number by every phone. Find out which veterinarian should be called if your regular veterinarian is not available. Have access to a horse trailer in case your horse needs to go to a veterinary hospital. Arrange for help from friends or neighbors in case of emergency. Make a first-aid kit.
Q: What are some problems that should concern you?
A: Wounds; diarrhea; colic; difficulty breathing; lameness; depressed attitude; bleeding; not eating; swelling; straining to urinate or defecate; eye problems; red, white or blue gum color; foaling difficulties; seizures; and paralysis or lack of coordination.
Q: When should I call my veterinarian to treat a wound?
A: If there is a lot of bleeding, swelling or pain; if the wound is all the way through the skin (full thickness); if there is a puncture wound; if the wound is near a joint, on the head, near the eyes or over the chest or belly; if the wound is dirty; if you can see muscles, tendons or bones; or if the horse is lame, depressed or off feed.
Q: What is colic and what are the signs of colic?
A: Colic is a term to describe abdominal pain. There are many signs associated with colic, but some common signs are pawing, rolling, kicking at belly, looking at sides, lying down stretching, not eating, and not passing manure.
Q: What should I do if my horse has colic?
A: Call your veterinarian immediately. Remove feed, although usually water is okay. Try to keep your horse from injuring itself but keep yourself safe. Do not give any treatments without consulting your veterinarian.