Colic Surgery Experiences

Have you ever had colic surgery performed on one or more of your horses?


Total votes cast: 577

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not worth the cost

9/15/2013 8:59:29 PM

Not worth it

9/15/2013 5:23:16 PM

In a mare. In november 2012. She did fine and is back in the stud. Everything is OK now.

9/15/2013 5:05:54 PM

Never tried it, due poor facilities for the surgery

9/15/2013 3:20:36 PM

An apparently successful twist surgery still produced a dead horse about 12 hours after surgery.

9/15/2013 12:25:52 PM

No, for over 50 years, I have used fiber and desanding to prevent colic in the first place.

9/15/2013 12:08:08 PM

2 ,neither survived 2 months after surgery

9/14/2013 9:33:30 PM

Never been necessary (knock on wood). Couldn't afford it, would have to euthanize. :(

9/14/2013 10:54:56 AM

One lived. One died.

9/14/2013 4:33:21 AM

As I was told my horse had a 50% survival chance with surgery, I did not want him to suffer.

9/14/2013 3:54:46 AM

It was not successful

9/14/2013 1:11:48 AM

Coliced about a week after foaling. Left her open, bred the next year. Coliced again after foaling.

9/14/2013 12:57:42 AM

positive results

9/13/2013 5:00:42 PM

Damage was too extensive. Our beloved Jessie was euthanized before he could wake up.

9/13/2013 11:03:43 AM


9/13/2013 9:28:43 AM

2 very close, 1 died/2 weeks/blockage.other 4 mos/founder

9/13/2013 8:09:33 AM

The horse did not recover. I had to have her put down.

9/12/2013 11:09:00 PM

Three year old stallion had enterolith surgery in 1995.

9/12/2013 9:52:33 PM

have never had a case of colic go to this extreme

9/12/2013 8:31:12 PM

all my horses are outside 24/7/365 with the option to come indoors at their discretion. Never had a

9/12/2013 7:19:29 PM

There is no way I could afford it.

9/12/2013 6:54:21 PM

Knock on wood!

9/12/2013 6:02:57 PM

knock on wood

9/12/2013 5:04:54 PM

not a good outcome...........

9/12/2013 4:33:51 PM

Yes I have assisted people with colic horses who needed operation

9/12/2013 3:51:58 PM

Horse could not be saved.

9/12/2013 8:43:00 AM


9/12/2013 1:01:22 AM

I would do so if horse was a good candidate.

9/12/2013 12:53:19 AM

Not the best outcome. Lost one mare with her foal inutero. Lost my 25 year old horse of a lifetime

9/11/2013 10:29:26 PM

Never again

9/11/2013 9:12:43 PM

He recovered and did well, but I would not do it again. He was never 100% again.

9/11/2013 8:58:21 PM

was able to work through it with fluids

9/11/2013 6:38:08 PM

Just wouldn't do it

9/11/2013 5:37:25 PM

The cost and stress on the animal are not worth it.

9/11/2013 3:48:52 PM

I've been very lucky, had a horse who colicked twice.

9/11/2013 1:37:03 PM

Yes. on a yearling

9/11/2013 1:12:28 PM

Yes - impacted secum

9/11/2013 12:03:45 PM

no, but have had several friends horses have had it with very good results

9/11/2013 11:08:09 AM

And I have carried insurance for years! Guess that is our preventative!!

9/11/2013 9:07:59 AM

No, however, I would if there was a good prognosis, But I would have to go into debt to do so.

9/11/2013 8:55:13 AM

Dealt with a few colics in my day, but none requiring surgery (knock on wood).

9/11/2013 8:33:22 AM

Horse died within 26 hours of surgery

9/11/2013 8:17:10 AM

My horse colicked & would have done surgery but we feared he'd die before we got there. We euthed.

9/11/2013 7:58:35 AM

Our mare was 25, I was scared to death we'd lose her. She did great. Lived to 32.

9/11/2013 7:58:18 AM

Thankfully, never had to have any kind of surgery!

9/11/2013 7:31:48 AM

Thankfully no; horses are out 24/7 and don't colic

9/11/2013 7:26:34 AM


9/11/2013 1:40:46 AM

Had complete recovery and produced 4 foals afterwards

9/10/2013 11:55:23 PM

2 horses and lost them both 3 days later, peritonitis, and did not regain gut motility.

9/10/2013 11:11:11 PM


9/10/2013 10:48:32 PM

Horse euthanized. Other horse colicked again.

9/10/2013 10:46:57 PM

A foal years ago; more recently a 9 yo gelding,very expensive!

9/10/2013 10:28:24 PM

Not personably but did have two boarders that did have colic surgery

9/10/2013 10:12:16 PM

We were lucky--no resectioning of the intesting--he was 14 at the surgery; lived until he was 25.

9/10/2013 9:43:18 PM

Would only do as last resort - thankfully, my horse recovered by herself with great vet care

9/10/2013 9:35:31 PM

Enterolith surgery. Horse injested part of a straight pin when stalled at a horse show facility.

9/10/2013 9:33:27 PM

Three year old mare had colic surjury.She is now 16

9/10/2013 9:13:08 PM

She was 24 at time of surgery- recovery was intense. Still here @26. Worth it!

9/10/2013 8:37:01 PM

Sadly, he died on the table.

9/10/2013 8:04:40 PM

he was about 22 yrs old, Arab, gelding and he lived until he was 32 ... well worth the $$

9/10/2013 8:03:12 PM

Had an acute stomach impaction. Rare but it resolved.

9/10/2013 7:56:16 PM

Colic yes, surgery no.

9/10/2013 7:43:34 PM


9/10/2013 7:42:18 PM

but I have a 4 year that has had a few episodes of mile colic. Fingers crossed!!!

9/10/2013 7:31:55 PM

Thankfully only one of the horses in my care has had colic, & it was pretty mild (vaccine reaction)

9/10/2013 7:28:14 PM

The only horse I had with symptoms of colic died of cancer in less than a year.

9/10/2013 6:46:50 PM

The colic happened so fast there was not time to haul to UC Davis.

9/10/2013 6:45:33 PM

Never on one of my horses, thank heavens but have had friends that had it done. All the horses died

9/10/2013 6:39:02 PM

Only acted colicky once - due to ulcers.

9/10/2013 6:31:58 PM

It was actually to remove 2 large enteroliths in one horse, and 12 baseball sized in another horse.

9/10/2013 6:27:19 PM

Small intestine was entrapped. Surgery was 9 years ago and horse is strong and healthy.

9/10/2013 6:22:34 PM

Luckily no, but he's been to see the Vet several times mild colic. Very scary!

9/10/2013 6:03:36 PM

None of mine have ever colicked. Surgery is expensive. Think I would have to euthanize.

9/10/2013 6:02:45 PM

I was a vet tech in the 80s - lots of advances in the last 30 years, more horses survive now!!!

9/10/2013 5:41:24 PM

For my 18 yr old draft cross mare, it was not successful. I am reluctant to go through it again.

9/10/2013 4:59:48 PM

Several horses at the farm my husband runs. Most did very well.

9/10/2013 4:58:27 PM

A pregnant mare, all survived and doing great. She had an enterolith

9/10/2013 4:58:25 PM

I would have, though vet felt it was not an option!

9/10/2013 4:40:18 PM

Knock on wood, all colic cases resolved without surgery.

9/10/2013 4:26:07 PM

Thankfully we have had only one mild case of colic that was easily treated at home.

9/10/2013 2:20:51 PM

I lost a mare in Alaska because I couldn't get her colic surgery

9/10/2013 2:11:16 PM

very lucky I guess

9/10/2013 12:43:36 PM

2 torsions (died), 1 colic(died), 1 stone(dehisced], no more ($)

9/10/2013 12:29:17 PM

I heard it cost thousands!

9/10/2013 12:20:36 PM

Mare was at end of gestation and started colicing. Had to wait until she foaled. We lost her.

9/10/2013 9:55:06 AM

Surgery, no, though I have had to take a horse to the vet for mild colic before.

9/10/2013 9:10:58 AM

My horse had an impaction, gas colice and a twist. New Bolton Vet Hospital saved his life.

9/10/2013 8:36:33 AM

It was more than 40 years ago. Job well done.

9/10/2013 7:16:28 AM

only the young ones as the older horses don't survive the post operative recovery.

9/10/2013 12:51:01 AM

pregnant mare with foal at foot, mare surbived and went on to produce live foal

9/10/2013 12:45:24 AM