Colic Is the #1 Killer of Horses - Other than Old Age

Colic Risk Rater-Gauge with image of horse suffering from colic
Colic Risk Rater-Gauge with image of horse suffering from colic Equine Guelph

Newsdate: Wednesday, February 24, 2021 - 11:35 am
Location: GUELPH, Ontario

Colic is defined as any abdominal pain. Colic is prevalent in horses given digestive tracts measuring 85 feet in length, paired with the fact that they are unable to throw up.

Colicky horse covered with dirt from rolling on ground.

Colicky horse covered with dirt from rolling on ground

Colic is prevalent in horses given digestive tracts measuring 85 feet in length, paired with the fact that they are unable to throw up.
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Further, horses have evolved over eons as continuous grazers, but in recent history, humankind has taken horses out of their natural environment and applied the stresses of modern day management.

Similar to the term “stomach ache” in humans, colic is a description, not a specific disease.

Most forms of colic arise from dysfunction or obstruction of the gastro-intestinal tract of the horse. However, internal abscesses, kidney disease, and reproductive problems can all cause signs of colic as well.

With Equine Guelph's Tool of the Month for February relating to colic, Equine Guelph has developed a 12 point visual that graphically details the important elements of colic prevention.

Use this Tool of the Month to learn more about colic risk factors and ways to reduce the risk to your horse.


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