View Full Version : Do they tie up thier guts??
20th Jan 2002, 02:17 PM
Hi every one! Someone told me that he heard that if a horse rolls over it can sometimes cause intestinal problems. He doesn't know if this is true or not and I have never read any thing about this. Is it true? Has anyone ever heard this before.
20th Jan 2002, 02:33 PM
This is an old wives tale.
People used to say that if a horse has colic and rolls it can twist it's gut. That's because a lot of the causes of fatal colic are related to various twisting of the guts inside the horse. BUT rather than being caused BY colic, the twisted gut is the cause OF the colic. So it was the whole reason why the horse was sick in the first place.
There are lots of reasons why horses guts become tangled, and none of them are to do with the horse rolling. If a normal healthy horse wants to roll let it! And if it's colicking, rolling won't damage it's guts any more than they already are. BUT a horse with severe colic that starts rolling could injure itself in other ways (like grazing itself) so it's a good idea to try and stop them, by walking them around.
Hope this helps.
20th Jan 2002, 06:44 PM
Oh thank you SO much! I was begining to think it was TRUE! That relieves me So much! Are you a Vet? The reson I am asking is I want to take that in college as my magor.
Thank you again ponyvet!
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