b'10 earlywarning signsINSIDE illness is brewing within yourhorseI\x1ef\x1crm\x19\x18i\x1c\x16CHRISTA LEST-LASSERRE, MAI walked out to check on my two horses about an hour before sunset. Solstice was in the paddock, eating hay, snorting contentedly, and swishing his tail. When I walked up to the fence, he perked his ears and looked at me with bright, cheerful eyes. But Sabrina stood quietly in the run-in shed. She saw me approach, poked her head out, blinked, and sighed. She ambled out of the barn toward me, put her head over the fence, and waited for me to stroke her face. Wait. She wanted her face stroked? Sabrina was not well. As much as Solstice loves to be cuddled like a golden retriever puppy, his dam, Sabrina, acts like she has too much dignity for public displays of affection. Shed rather be chasing Solstice from every hay pile and pinning her ears when he tries to steal a bite. The last thing shed do is hang out in the barn watching him eat her hay and then come to me for a scratch on the head. Two hours later Sabrina was on the ground, curling her lip and groaning. Id already called her vet-erinarian, who determined from my description of her symptoms that she was colicking. Fortunately, with my vets help, Sabrinas colic resolved within a few hours. TheHorse.com | The HorseAugust 201915'