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Mild Colic -- RUSTY 5-9-2012 

11:00 am ... ran up with herd to eat hay but then wandered off slowly and disinterestedly. Seems a bit depressed. Gave  me a couple quiet 'kisses' when I went to see him. 

11:30 am ... lethargic, ate carrot with NUX VOMICA 200c  but did so without enthusiasm. Has separated himself from the herd. Lying down, rolled once, then sternal. Went lateral once then sternal again. 

11:26 Walking in back paddock quietly, slowly. Still by  himself. Stopped and standing. 

11:38 Still in same position in back paddock. Standing quietly. 

12:06 Walked back up to the upper paddock and is eating hay with the herd. Will keep observing for any returned colicky behaviors.

12:22 Still eating morning hay with herd.  Eyes brighter. Overall demeanor brighter and 'lighter'. 

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Comment by Gwenyth Santagate on May 22, 2012 at 8:46pm

Debby -- was just reading about different behaviors in animals and ran across this from

The mental state and demeanour of animals may be described as dull, depressed, unresponsive, unaware, sleepy, apprehensive, anxious, timid, bright, alert, aware, excitable, hypersensitive and aggressive. It is the animal's carer who is usually best able to make such assessments by their knowledge of the animal's normal behaviour under similar conditions. Systematic, validated methods for assessing depression in animals have not been found. The interaction of the animal with others of the same species or humans is important and may change during painful episodes (Pritchett et al 2003).

Comment by Gwenyth Santagate on May 18, 2012 at 8:07am
I have 3 remedies in my emergency kit that are for colic: nux, arsenicum and colocynthis. Each with its own properties, of course. The mild symptoms and the wanting to be alone were the two major keys to my choice of nux for this pony.

Discerning depression and lethargy or other 'emotionals' of an animal is more of a 'feel' than a solid determination. His eyes were dull, he was hanging his head, moved slowly without much energy .... lethargic. When he did give me a half-hearted 'kiss' his eyes exuded sadness ... depression. But again, more of an intuitive 'feel' than anything concrete.

I find that LOTS of intuitiveness is needed when working with animals.
Comment by Debby Bruck on May 9, 2012 at 9:40pm

Dear Gwen~ How did you know to give NUX for colic. Is this a mainstay remedy? I know it is good for GERD, constipation, irritability in humans. Does the fact that this horse stays away from the herd and wants to be on his own give you a clue? How did you discern "depression" and the "lethargy?" Are these also two clues for Nux?

Comment by Gwenyth Santagate on May 9, 2012 at 9:39pm

UPDATE: 9:38 pm ... Back to normal! :) 

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