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Buckling, Crouching Behind

Code Red - Call Your Vet Immediately, Even Outside Business Hours

Code Red - Call Your Vet Immediately, Even Outside Business Hours

    Horses that suddenly start to crouch down or buckle in behind usually want to lie down. The most common reason for this behavior is colic pain. In most cases, this behavior is seen along with other signs of colic pain such as kicking at belly, lying down, rolling, pawing, etc.

    This behavior can be confusing to someone who has never seen it. In some cases, observers confuse this behavior with weakness, wobbliness or a collapsed behind.

    WHAT TO DO

    Assess the horse’s general health using the Whole Horse Exam (WHE) if it is safe to do so.

    Since this behavior is usually a sign of colic pain, look for other signs or abnormalities and share your findings and concerns with your vet.

    WHAT YOUR VET DOES

    In most cases, your vet will proceed as they would for a horse showing signs of colic and try to identify the underlying cause.

    Author: Doug Thal DVM Dipl. ABVP

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