Ever since I read L’s blog hop post about past horsey naivete, I’ve been trying to think of something to add. You can read the original post here to get caught up, but she basically asked the question, “What horse related or equestrian related piece of knowledge did you believe was true for an extended period of time that turned out to not be true?”
Last week Rusty had a mild colic episode, and as I was haltering him to get him up it dawned on me–I’ve been told some pretty idiotic things about colic, and unfortunately I have believed them. I’d like to say I didn’t believe them for long periods of time, but I did believe them for my beginning year or two until I did my own research. Thankfully, the only horse in my care was Rusty and he never exhibited any colic signs.
So, let’s clear the air, shall we?
Colic myth #1: When you horse colics, immediately start walking him. He’ll get better. I’m guessing this idea came from people thinking it was best to keep a horse from rolling and causing more internal issues, but walking your horse won’t “cure” him of colic. As one veterinarian told me, “You can walk a colicky horse until they die and you’ll still be there, walking around with an empty lead rope.” Yikes!
Colic myth #2: If your horse poops, he’s no longer colicking. Um, yeah, no. This just isn’t true. I know, because Kona had an impaction and would poop even amidst his rolling around on the ground. Don’t buy into that lie! They can still be very much in pain and in need of veterinary care even if they poop, or pass gas.
I’ve heard a couple more colic myths over the years that were absolutely horrendous. Thankfully, I never believed them.
If your horse is colicking, just load them in the trailer and drive them around the block. The drive will jostle them around and cure them.
If you feed oil to your horse every day, they won’t colic.
What knowledge have you received and believed, only to learn later that it was wrong?