Colic in Horses

Colic is a life-threatening condition that requires urgent veterinary attention. Read about the signs below and contact us straight away on 01491 651479.

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What is colic in horses?

The term colic describes a symptom of abdominal (belly) pain, which in horses is typically caused by gastrointestinal tract problems.

There are over 70 different types of intestinal problems that cause colic symptoms. These can range from mild indigestion to something severe/life-threatening, like a twisted gut.

Colic prevention in horses is extremely important. Risk can be reduced through following simple management techniques, but not completely eliminated.


Signs of colic in horses

Mild cases:
  • Lip curling
  • Flank watching
  • Restlessness
  • Pawing the ground


Moderate cases:
  • Stretching as if to urinate frequently
  • Lying down and getting back up
  • Lying on their side for long periods


Severe cases:
  • Violent rolling
  • Sweating
  • Rapid breathing
  • Injuries to body and face from rolling/thrashing around


Call our vets as soon as possible if you spot the signs above on 01491 651479.


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