Hi there! I have horses, too, and I might be able to help you. What kind of hay are you feeding her and how much feed? What protein percentage? What is the weather like where you live?
Sometimes, especially when they are very thin and malnourished, elderly, or unhealthy, or they haven't been fed properly, introducing them to too much food right away or changing their diets drastically can cause colic. Is she standing stretched out as if she's going to urinate? What about excessive rolling? Stretching her neck out and yawning more than normal? You might put an ear to her belly and listen for crazy loud digestion sounds. Colic can also cause lack of appetite, but if she's been starved she's likely to eat even in pain. Of course, it sounds like you already have horses so you may know all of that already!
Poor baby. She may have bits of colic here and there while you're trying to get her diet just right no matter how hard you try to keep her from it. If she starts running fever or quits eating and drinking, IMMEDIATELY call your vet! Horses can get over mild colic on their own, but when it gets nasty it can be absolutely horrible.
I think I do the same thing you do as far as feeling and kind of communicating with animals. I had a dog that was hit by a car not too long ago. All day that day I had an absolutely SPLITTING headache that I couldn't get rid of. I remember thinking I heard whining but I couldn't find the source, so later I headed down the road to look and he had been hit by a car with his head smushed. Obviously I didn't hear HIM whining, but I wondered if that's where the head pain came from. I DUNNO? That kind of thing has happened a few times to me. I think I communicate better with animals than people, actually! lol.
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