Stress or Emergency?
Many signs of stress are similar to signs of an emergency situation, including colic-like symptoms, diarrhea or going off his feed. How do you know what is normal stress and what warrants a call to your veterinarian?
According to Ted Wright, DVM, of Cedar Ridge Animal Hospital & Equine Services, a horse with diarrhea should always have his body temperature taken. A combination of runny manure and a fever (101°F or higher for an adult equine) could indicate a serious problem. A horse refusing grain meals or experiencing overt signs of colic should always be reported to a vet.
“Our number-one emergency as horse vets and the leading cause of death is colic. Any signs of colic, such as pawing, looking at the flank, excessive yawning or mouth movements merit a call.”