Cold Weather Colic

As an owner, have you experienced bouts of cold weather colic with your horse(s)?

We don't get a lot of cold weather where I live

Total votes cast: 597

Comments & Write-in Answers

One broodmare needs extra blankets and act colicy if not kept warm

1/23/2012 11:34:17 PM

Yes my TW mare as it turned out needed more loose salt to increase water intake. Problem solved.

1/23/2012 11:17:16 PM

Had more than 10 horses for over 35 years and never had to deal with colic.

1/23/2012 10:12:02 PM

I am a firm believer in using heated buckets and tank heaters.

1/23/2012 9:01:26 PM

It has always happens during the 1st really cold spell, & horse refused to drink much water.

1/23/2012 8:58:49 PM

just been lucky

1/23/2012 5:35:58 PM

SALT! Make sure your horse is getting enough!!

1/23/2012 5:29:43 PM

In major snow storms and severe drop in temperatures. Lack of drinking in freezing temperatures

1/23/2012 5:07:38 PM

I help him out by allowing him to graze LOTS in snowy, wet grass. Keeps liquids up.

1/23/2012 4:14:53 PM

I give a little A&M mixed into 5 gallons of warm water. Hydration is the key to no colic! and

1/23/2012 3:56:57 PM

i have never had a problem with colic

1/23/2012 2:57:53 PM

No, knock on wood!

1/23/2012 2:42:46 PM

I also give my horses their grained soaked in water and use salt supplement in the winter to help.

1/23/2012 2:27:53 PM

keeping fresh water is a must in winter,no colic in 20 yrs of horse ownership

1/23/2012 10:22:54 AM

My horses have free choice hay and live out with a large run in and water always available

1/23/2012 10:02:38 AM

but it was at a stable I'm not currently boarding at.

1/23/2012 2:20:59 AM

every year because my horse doesn't like to drink very much water and he cribs

1/22/2012 8:08:28 PM

Cold nights and warm days are worse than cold day and night in our area.

1/22/2012 1:42:08 PM


1/22/2012 12:12:42 PM

Feeding soaked beet pulp dramatically reduced incidence

1/21/2012 12:41:52 PM

We check the water as needed in icy weather, build up feed as needed, plus hay twice a day.

1/21/2012 7:37:00 AM

Not drinking enough water seems to be the cause of mild symptoms I have incured.

1/21/2012 12:12:39 AM

My horse is very healthy, and we have never had colic thanks to all natural horse care!

1/20/2012 10:59:17 PM

lots of free choice forage (grass hay), salt to encourage drinking

1/20/2012 10:58:56 PM

making sure the horses are drinking water very important & reduces bouts of cold weather colic

1/20/2012 9:25:18 AM

No...Touch wood!

1/20/2012 2:31:44 AM

Have resolved cold weather lo water intake by installin a 40 degree stock tank heater.

1/20/2012 12:46:48 AM

Always have to make sure mine have always have access to keep things moving.

1/19/2012 11:56:07 PM

Twisted bowel after first freeze

1/19/2012 9:35:25 PM

keep my water tank heated.

1/19/2012 8:16:42 PM

have learned to salt grain, and provide warm water. Better safe than sorry

1/19/2012 5:59:38 PM

we feed barley-mix hay, no concentrates

1/19/2012 3:26:20 PM

Just a rare occasion of gas colic in warmer months... thank goodness! Easy to fix!

1/19/2012 3:01:35 PM

I ensure she has warm water to drink

1/19/2012 2:53:57 PM

with sudden temperature drops

1/19/2012 2:09:08 PM

was feed related no lack of water

1/19/2012 11:41:31 AM

Infrequently. Feeding before watering, access to salt while drinking, free access to water helps

1/19/2012 11:02:35 AM

Wis.-no winter colics-24/7 turnout-we follow ALL recomm. in the Horse article#19407&check 'em often.

1/19/2012 8:43:46 AM

it often happens when the barometric pressure drops

1/19/2012 6:57:21 AM

I feed eletrolytes and probiotics daily

1/18/2012 10:01:44 PM

We keep water warm, they drink more = no colic.

1/18/2012 9:39:08 PM

Rarely now. Winter diet in FL is all wet everyday

1/18/2012 8:31:43 PM

Twice on Christmas Eve $$$$

1/18/2012 8:31:36 PM

Heated water is super important!

1/18/2012 6:35:45 PM

I have 2 'colicers' (grass/heat). It is -30 this week. A timely article ! Thanks.

1/18/2012 5:59:53 PM

I have Never had a Horse that has Coliced, Thankfully.

1/18/2012 4:59:00 PM

Use heated water in winter.

1/18/2012 4:25:41 PM

Never and I live right under the snowline most of the time.

1/18/2012 3:58:01 PM

Put out extra hay and keep plenty of clean fresh water available

1/18/2012 3:48:24 PM

let them stay out and eat and rome and drink!

1/18/2012 3:36:53 PM

Especially with cold, freezing rain

1/18/2012 2:42:40 PM

my horses have plenty of hay at all times and lots of water so never any problems (touch wood)

1/18/2012 2:09:21 PM

During winter months, I supplement with a cup of wheat bran once a day and a pinch of electrolytes.

1/18/2012 1:09:43 PM

Not so far. But it is a concern.

1/18/2012 1:06:12 PM

I am currently owning my 1st horse, and have been blessed with no colic at all! :-)

1/18/2012 12:55:25 PM

we watch weather , when it shifts hard we give extra electrolytes

1/18/2012 12:14:04 PM

Vigilantly guard against it-feed salt in grain, pasture turnout, free choice hay.

1/18/2012 11:59:01 AM

Will give electrolites to combat it

1/18/2012 10:15:39 AM

Give 3-5 gallons soaked chopped hay each day & 2 yrs. no more problems

1/18/2012 9:09:25 AM

Heater water tanks, free choice salt, hot water in stalls has worked well for us

1/18/2012 8:15:03 AM

Armstrong,B.C.,Can,-23c. windchill -30c., NOW, heated waterers, no proplem.

1/18/2012 6:47:04 AM

Always a concern when turning out on frosty/snowy mornings. Horses stay in if too much snow though!

1/18/2012 5:32:02 AM

Keep my horses blanketed and water heater in tank.

1/17/2012 11:32:47 PM

weather change from 60 degrees to cold and downpouring of rain

1/17/2012 10:53:27 PM

specifically when the weather turns cold suddenly

1/17/2012 9:56:37 PM

I'm in central Arizona - really cold days are rare here.

1/17/2012 9:49:07 PM

I'm a firm believer in tank heaters, lots of hay & room to run.

1/17/2012 9:39:57 PM

It was a torsion colic that resulted in death

1/17/2012 9:08:55 PM

more often associated with chinooks

1/17/2012 7:50:05 PM

In Maine, access to unfrozen water is 1st priority

1/17/2012 7:06:43 PM

We don't get prolonged periods of cold weather in SC, but just short real cold ones.

1/17/2012 6:31:33 PM

I use a tank heater to keep the water warm and they drink plenty.

1/17/2012 6:22:50 PM

First she was grumpy and after two days of banimine the vet decided to oil her and it resolved

1/17/2012 6:01:23 PM

My horses stay inside a warm barn and my Nelson horse waterers provide water that is warmed.

1/17/2012 5:47:46 PM

Our temp can change drastically and has caused this twice in 2 horses

1/17/2012 5:35:56 PM

I have "warm" not hot water available for him to encourage him to drink more to help move the hay th

1/17/2012 5:13:59 PM

No, luckily! I keep ice out of water troughs and sometimes use heated buckets when it is very cold.

1/17/2012 5:09:13 PM

My 24yo mare succumbed to cold weather colic this year. It was a very distressing time for us all.

1/17/2012 4:40:31 PM

A year ago he got impacted where he WAS boarded. 24/7 access to hay and ice free water.

1/17/2012 4:15:35 PM

An underweight mini filly but came out just fine..

1/17/2012 4:12:32 PM

I have never heard of it before so it is a very interesting topic to learn about.

1/17/2012 4:07:34 PM

And the horse had to be put down

1/17/2012 3:55:23 PM

January, 70-80s, still using A/C in Texas

1/17/2012 3:52:01 PM

They have warmed water, so far so good.

1/17/2012 3:32:24 PM

Never had a problem and I was in Alaska- maybe because drafts take cold better?

1/17/2012 3:23:25 PM

Heated water source keeps them drinking

1/17/2012 2:53:03 PM

seems related to water intake

1/17/2012 2:50:46 PM

Heated water buckets and tanks ensure adequate water consumption!

1/17/2012 12:56:02 PM

Frozen grain can also be a problem. Remember to feed in small amounts or keep warm before feeding

1/17/2012 10:51:23 AM

Frozen grain can also be a problem. Remember to feed in small amounts or keep warm before feeding

1/17/2012 10:50:31 AM

My horse is a poor drinker.

1/17/2012 10:14:40 AM

My feed & hay are consistent all year & I have electric water heaters in all tanks-no problems.

1/17/2012 9:54:49 AM

I've only experienced one bout of cold weather colic so far (knock on wood!).

1/17/2012 9:25:42 AM