Twinkie, miniature horse of Horse Haven of Tennessee, back home after colitis

Photo courtesy of Horse Haven of Tennessee

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Twinkie, a miniature horse and well-known personality of Horse Haven of Tennessee, is back home after being treated for colitis at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine.

The organization announced Tuesday night that Twinkie was started on IV fluids and medication to see if they would help the colic.

On Monday, Horse Haven of Tennessee said Twinkie's colitis was resolved for a few days and the medical center felt that the animal was well enough to return home.

Equine colic is diagnosed in reference to abdominal pain or illness in horses, and it may exhibit symptoms such as rolling or wanting to lie down, lack of appetite and drinking, and lack of normal gut noises, among other indicators.

Less severe forms of colic are common and can be easily treated, though more severe cases can sometimes require euthanasia.