Horse Colic

Being educated and prepared is the best way to help your horse when colic strikes.

By Dr. Thomas R. Lenz in The American Quarter Horse Journal

Colic remains a major cause of sickness and death in horses.

The word “colic” simply refers to abdominal pain. It covers a multitude of abdominal and intestinal problems, ranging from simple excess gas in the intestines to severe torsion or twisting of the intestines. It can also include stomach ulcers, uterine pain in pregnant or post-foaling mares and pain associated with disease in organs of the abdomen.

It is critical for horse owners to recognize the early signs of colic, because the sooner the horse is seen and treated, the greater his chances of recovery. All colics begin with mild pain and subtle symptoms. If the horse is lucky, it will be a mild colic and resolve on its own or with moderate treatment from a veterinarian.

Almost every horseman deals with a colicky horse at some point. In this FREE ebook, you'll learn how to spot the signs of colic, plus ways to treat and prevent this painful illness.

In this helpful ebook, you'll receive answers to questions like:

  • What is colic?
  • What happens?
  • What different types of colic are there?
  • What to do?