Miz Owell needed to scratch this morning. She started acting like she was bellyachy this morning and the vet came and treated her. You could say it was a touch of colic. Here is the clinical definition of colic:
“Equine colic is a relatively common disorder of the digestive system. Although the term colic, in the true definition of the word, simply means “abdominal pain,” the term in horses refers to a condition of severe abdominal discomfort characterized by pawing, rolling, and sometimes the inability to defecate.
There are a handful of different types of colic, depending on the cause of the condition. There is also a spectrum of severity in this condition; oftentimes a horse may have a mild bout of abdominal pain that resolves with a single dose of medication whereas other times, surgery may be warranted. For this reason, all colic should be treated as an emergency.” (PetMD.com)
Miz Owell’s condition would be considered mild, but she was treated for the condition and the accompanying pain so we just had to scratch her from the race.
We’ll give her a few days to recover and make sure she’s feeling okay and then we’ll look to see where else she might fit.