Practical Tips to Aid Colic Prevention in Horses
The word “Colic” brings fear to every horse owner and it can occur in even the best-managed horses. Here are some practical tips to help prevent colic in horses from Wadswick’s in-house nutritional advisor Nikki McGee.
What is Colic?
Colic is abdominal pain in horses. It can indicate problems with the gut or other organs in the abdomen and can range from mild indigestion to severe problems such as a twisted gut.
How to spot the signs of colic?
There are various signs of colic but the most prevalent include:
- Pawing at the ground
- Kicking at stomach
- Stretching as if trying to urinate
- Lying down for long periods of time
- Failing to pass droppings for more than 24hrs
It is always worth looking out for any general changes in behaviour which may indicate illness.
Why would my horse get colic?
Many factors can be linked to colic. For example, a change of routine, feed, stress, lack of exercise in stabled horses, travelling, pregnancy and gastric ulcers. Of all of these, feeding changes seem to be the most significant. This is probably due to the sensitivity of the horse’s digestive tract.