Colic refers to pain in the abdomen.

The gastrointestinal tract of a horse is 25-30 metres long in total. This consists of the stomach, small intestine and large intestine. Depending on which areas are affected, clinical signs can vary in their nature and severity.

Signs can include lying down more than usual, pawing at the ground and rolling.

There are many possible causes of colic and often it is difficult to determine the exact cause. It can be brought on by changes in management. Certain physical conditions can predispose a horse to colic, for example a heavy worm burden, gastric ulcers and dental problems.

In cases of recurrent colic we are able to investigate further via blood tests, dental examination, abdominal ultrasound and gastroscopy depending on what your vet feels is most appropriate.

If you think your horse has colic, call us immediately to speak to a vet 24/7.