Mild signs of colic, suggesting low grade/mild pain, include the following:
- Lip curling
- Flank watching
- Pawing the ground
- Lying down
Violent uncontrollable signs, suggesting a more severe case of colic, include the following:
- Suddenly dropping to the floor
- Violent rolling
- Abrasions to the head and body
- Profuse sweating
- Rapid breathing
Colic is one of the most common causes of death in the adult horse. If you suspect your horse has colic and signs are severe or persist for more than 30 minutes, call the vet immediately.
Often, symptoms of colic are brought on by sudden changes in you’re horse’s diet, management, exercise regime, dental disorders, lack of parasitic control and even the weather. Internal causes include strangulating lipomas, twists of the gut, uterus or scrotum, intussusceptions and adhesions. To help your horse avoid colic we recommend that you introduce any changes to diet, management and routine slowly. Also ensure you keep up to date with dental and worming programmes.