Horse Colic


Preventing Colic - Some Practical, Science-Based Tips

March 24, 2009

After two decades of research, known "risk factors" have been identified for many different types of colic. Being cognizant of factors that make some horses more or less likely to develop colic than others is an important step in reducing the... Read More


Brentina Home After Colic Surgery, Retirement Ceremony Planned

March 18, 2009

Olympic dressage horse Brentina returned to her winter home in California Feb. 23 following colic surgery Feb. 10.

The 18-year-old Hanoverian mare, who has been the partner of Idaho-based dressage rider Debbie McDonald since the age of... Read More


Thoroughbred Stallion Sky Mesa Back Home After Surgeries

February 27, 2009

Sky Mesa, the 9-year-old stallion who had two operations related to a bout of colic, arrived back at Three Chimneys Farm Feb. 25 from Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital near Lexington and is on schedule to return to breeding around March 20.... Read More


Second Colic Surgery for Thoroughbred Stallion Sky Mesa

February 23, 2009

 Sky Mesa, the 9-year-old Thoroughbred stallion who underwent colic surgery Feb. 15, is being kept at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital where an additional operation was... Read More


Colic Survival Improved With Carboxymethylcellulose

February 19, 2009

Direct application of carboxymethylcellulose (CBMC) to the small intestines and surrounding tissues of horses during colic surgery for small intestinal disease improves postoperative survival.... Read More


Brentina's Colic Surgery: 'Routine' but Necessary, Surgeon Says

February 18, 2009

As colic surgeries go, the procedure that U.S. Olympic dressage competitor Brentina underwent Feb. 10 was "pretty routine," according to her surgeon, Nicole Johnson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, of Humphrey, Giacopuzzi & Associates Equine Hospital in... Read More


Thoroughbred Stallion Sky Mesa Recovering After Colic Surgery

February 17, 2009

Thoroughbred stallion Sky Mesa, whose son General Quarters entered the Triple Crown picture with an upset victory in the Sam F. Davis Stakes on Feb. 14, has been taken out of service after undergoing surgery for colic over the weekend.

The... Read More


Brentina on the Mend After Colic Surgery

February 16, 2009

Olympian Debbie McDonald reported Feb. 12 that her equine partner Brentina had downed her first four meals, consisting of soaked timothy pellets, following surgery Feb. 10 to remove an impaction from her small intestine.

McDonald, of Hailey... Read More


Brentina Recovering from Surgery for Impacted Colon

February 13, 2009

Brentina, the 18-year-old chestnut Hanoverian mare who has been the partner of U.S. dressage rider Debbie McDonald, underwent surgery Feb. 10 to remove an impaction from her small intestine. According to news reports, the procedure took place at... Read More


AAEP 2007 Convention Complete Coverage

February 12, 2009

A complete wrap-up of the 2007 American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention held in Orlando, Fla.... Read More


Comprehensive Colic Guide (The Equine Acute Abdomen)

February 04, 2009

The book provides a thorough discussion of normal and abnormal anatomy and physiology of the horse's gastrointestinal tract and includes surgical techniques and medical treatments for the diseases that cause colic.... Read More


Sand Colic Review Finds Correction Caveats

February 03, 2009

Sand's heavy, abrasive nature makes it worth specific investigation when it comes to impaction in the equine intestine, according to a group of Israeli researchers who conducted a 12-year review of horses undergoing surgery to relieve... Read More


Michigan State Hosting Equine Colic Lecture

January 21, 2009

You walk to the barn to do your chores, like you do every evening. But instead of finding your horse eager to see you and ready for his evening meal, you find him in terrible discomfort. You try not to panic as one of the most feared words in th... Read More


Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome: Tummy Troubles

October 26, 2008

Gastric ulceration affects a large number of horses of all ages: it's been shown to be prevalent in 25 to 50% of foals up to two months old, while another study reported that between 80 and 90% of racehorses in training have gastric ulceration.... Read More


Thoroughbred Sire Galileo Recovering from Colic Surgery

September 20, 2008

Leading European sire Galileo was reportedly recovering from colic surgery performed Sept. 18 at Fethard Equine Hospital. According to The Racing Post, the Coolmore stallion was taken into the hospital through the evening having been... Read More


Equine Tapeworms Free Special Report Now Available

September 04, 2008

Horse owners and hands-on care providers can now learn more about equine tapeworms and how to prevent the problems they cause in horses in a free special report available on and sponsored by Read More


Digestive Health in Horses

August 15, 2008

Experts at the 2007 AAEP Convention discussed multiple topics related to equine digestive health.... Read More



August 15, 2008

A review of the medical and surgical topics at discussed at the 2007 AAEP Convention.... Read More


Nutrition Update

August 15, 2008

Nutrition topics from the 2007 AAEP Convention included endocrine disorders, feeding tips, and more.... Read More


Severe Colic and New Treatments

August 01, 2008

Generally, the population of horses that develop severe colic includes the ones that don't respond to the veterinarian's initial treatment. Almost all severe colics start as mild colics that are simply left too long.... Read More


Mysteries of Equine Herpesvirus-1 Shedding

July 15, 2008

While it's widely hypothesized that horses shed equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) during times of stress and illness, researchers on a new study say that critically ill horses with acute gastrointestinal disease (colic or colitis) in a veterinary hospital... Read More


Leading Thoroughbred Sire Vindication Dead

July 10, 2008

Champion Vindication, one of this year's leading second-crop sires, was euthanized because of complications from colic. The 8-year-old syndicated son of Seattle Slew was taken Wednesday to Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital near Lexington, Ky.... Read More


Washington Star Saratoga Passage Dies

July 07, 2008

Two-time grade I winner Saratoga Passage, the all-time leading Washington-bred money-earner, has died from colic, co-owner Helen Beck said.
Saratoga Passage, who was 23 when he died July 5, earned $818,212 in a 47-race career that... Read More


Avoiding Colic Through Management

July 01, 2008

Turnout, diet, and water consumption are critical considerations when avoiding colic.

The age-old disease of colic can best by managed be returning the horse--as much as possible--to its natural environment. This means... Read More


Equine Colic Web site Launched by Liverpool Vets

June 17, 2008

Veterinary surgeons at the University of Liverpool have developed a Web site dedicated to explaining the causes, prevention and treatment of colic in order to provide more... Read More