SO WHAT IS COLIC?
Colic is a common problem for the Horse digestive system. Colic in simple terms is “abdominal pain,” often unpredictable and frequently unpreventable which can have a variety of causes and treatments.
It also varies on the severity of how bad it is.
Some horses may only have mild abdominal pain that can be treated with a single dose of medication. But other serious bouts can lead to surgery, or unfortunately death.
But whatever the symptoms you should treat this as a potential emergency.
If you suspect or see irregular actions from your Horse.
Biting or kicking their flank or belly.
Rolling or wanting to lie down.
Little or no passing of manure.
Poor appetite and water intake.
Abnormally high pulse rate (over 50 beats per minute).
Stretching out as if to urinate.
If you see any symptoms like above then try Walking your Horse for a while as this can provide pain relief and encourage motility if your horse has cramps or is early on in colic. Walking can also help prevent your horse from rolling But if this does not help then rather than self diagnose please call your Vet and get a Check Up! If left untreated not only is it painful for your Horse but it could get worse. And just to hear confirmation from your Vet will be well worth the phone call.
Always make sure that your horse has access to fresh, clean water. And in the winter, They don’t like to drink ice cold water, so try to keep an eye on your water trough. Horses prefer to drink out of buckets compared to automatic waterers
Do not throw Hay down on top of Sand as they can easily ingest sand which is not good for them, Use feed tubs or hay racks
Regular worming programs are less likely to cause colic
Your horse needs roughage in his diet, such as pasture or hay. This is a horse’s natural diet and provides the bulk needed for good indigestion. Limit feeding grain and/or pellets as much as possible.(For every one-pound increase in whole grain or corn fed, colic risk increases 70 percent. Compared to horses fed 100 percent hay).
Whenever your Vet is coming around ,get him to check your Horses teeth .
And like us humans, make sure your Horse is not binging nice fresh grass and not getting enough exercise.