Call Veterinarian. Possible ulcer or foreign body.
Eye Care: Sudden red third eyelids, thicker discharge, eye visible + cornea clear
Rinse with artificial tears or saline
If not resolved call DVM
Possible infection or inflammation from irritant, insects, allergy.
Withhold all food but continue to offer water
We recommend that you call us right away. Colic can be life threatening and we want to deal
with any concerns you may have as soon as possible. If you call with a question or progress
report we will want to know several things about your horse's vital statistics to the best of your knowledge:
Temperature (normal 99-100.5)
Heart Rate (36-48)
Respiration rate (14-24 normal)
Gum color (normally light pink)
We will also want to know some details of the situation, such as:
Has the horse passed manure and if so what did it look like?
Has the horse urinated?
Is he comfortable or not?
Is he acting hungry?
Can you hear any gut sounds?
Any precipitating factors you know of: feed change, water source problem, stresses, medication, pregnancy?
Hand walking or light longeing can be beneficial in speeding manure movement and increasing gut motility.