Combating horse colic
The horse’s digestive tract is very sensitive and it’s remarkably long, at more than 30 metres from oesophagus to rectum. If you were to unravel it, it would be twice the length of a London bus. It’s little wonder then that horse colic is the most common equine veterinary emergency.
Colic is a symptom rather than a disease in itself. It defines abdominal pain and can indicate a problem in the gut or other organs in the abdomen. Colic can affect any horse of any age or breed. Some cases may be mild and easily resolved while others can be fatal. Every case should always be treated as an emergency.
Recent research by the University of Nottingham has found that colic accounts for a third of emergency vet call outs with at least one in ten of these being critical. Of these only around 20% survive.