We've been watching difficult child's horse all afternoon. When I came in a bit ago and posted for prayers, I really thought it was a last ditch effort. And perhaps it was. However, board strength comes shining thru! Or something. She just pooped! To explain, colic is when a horse's gut shuts down, generally because it becomes twisted and shuts itself off. Horses can't throw up, so there is no place for the contents of their stomache to empty. Unlike people, their gut is always in "process" mode, so they are putting bile into their gut all the time, not just when they eat, and with no outlet, well, you can imagine. Its like constipation that can't go away. husband was working outside and noticed the old horse getting up and down a lot, so he called me out. She had no gut sounds (gurgling sounds a horse's belly makes as it digests) whatsoever. I called a friend over and asked her to listen, also, and she couldn't hear any gut sounds, either. We gave her some enzymes and hooked up the truck and trailer and put the vet on standby to put her down, if needed. Three hours later, we have a big pile of hard poop and a more comfortable horse. She's not out of the woods, but her situation isn't quite as dire as it was. Thank you.