Horse Colic


Ileus: When the Gut Stops

February 01, 2008

Ileus is one of the leading postoperative causes of death in horses. ... Read More


2007 Morris Animal Foundation Equine Research Wrap-Up

December 14, 2007

The results of equine research funded by the Morris Animal Foundation (MAF) in 2007 added to scientists' understanding of foal pneumonia, hereditary muscle disorders, laminitis, and pharmacology.

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Girl Scout Troop Thanks Vet College for Saving Favorite Horse

November 22, 2007

Many will give thanks for the blessings in their lives this Thanksgiving. For one family and a generous troop of Girl Scouts, their thankfulness will include the health of a horse named Denali and the "miracle workers" in the Virginia-Maryland... Read More


Study: Prebiotics Might Help Prevent Digestive Upset

November 19, 2007

Prebiotics, such as short-chain fructo-oligosaccharides, are specially fermented compounds that alter the composition and/or activity of gastrointestinal bacteria and microflora to ameliorate the health of the host. Until now, only a limited... Read More


Winter Care: Use Caution when Changing a Horse's Rations

November 16, 2007

Some horses might need more feed to replace energy loss brought about by harsher weather conditions as the temperature turns colder.

Equine owners must practice sound management in altering their animals' rations if problems with colic... Read More


High Blood Sugar Levels and Colic: A Sickeningly Sweet Combination

November 15, 2007

According to a recent study, approximately 50% of horses with acute abdominal disease also have hyperglycemia--an elevated level of blood glucose--which is associated with a poor prognosis for survival. This knowledge could lead veterinarians to... Read More


Performing Colic Surgery on Zebra: Virginia Tech Equine Vets Earn their Stripes

November 08, 2007

For Brown, who has performed hundreds of colic surgeries on horses, having a patient with stripes was highly unusual but technically very similar.... Read More


While You Were Sleeping, A Surgeon Goes to Work

November 04, 2007

While most of us are enjoying our sleep at two in the morning, it is anything but quiet in the equine operating room at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital. A young foal from four hours away has just arrived, and is in need of... Read More


Colic: Updates and Prevention

October 07, 2007

At the Healthy Horse Workshop held in Ft. Collins, Colo., on July 28, Nancy Loving, DVM, who owns Loving Equine Clinic in Boulder, Colo., addressed the audience of horse owners on the subject of colic. Her emphasis was on the importance of... Read More


Equine Colic Research: Future Prospects for an Age-old Problem

September 16, 2007

Colic continues to be a serious health concern for horse owners and the equine industry. Studies indicate that approximately 10% of the horse population will suffer an episode of colic each year and that approximately 0.7% will die from... Read More


Detecting Pain

September 01, 2007

Recent studies have shown that horses are far more stoic than we had imagined. On the scale of pain tolerance, they are much higher than people. For example, the thrashing colicky horse often needs surgery, and after surgery, pain is very difficult... Read More


Colic - AAEP State of the Art Lecture

August 05, 2007

About 10-15% of colic cases happen in horses that have had clinical signs of colic before, with some horses having two to four episodes per year. Fortunately, a majority of colic cases (80-85%) are termed "simple" because they eithe... Read More


Colic in Horses: An Overview for Owners

July 28, 2007

What's the one word that strikes fear into the hearts of all horse owners? Colic. It can strike any horse at any age for a myriad of reasons--there's impaction colic, gas/spasmodic colic, strangulating colic, and many other versions. At the... Read More


Endangered Marsh Tacky Horses DNA Tested for Conservation

May 23, 2007

The Carolina Marsh Tacky herd can trace its heritage back to the Civil War.... Read More


Maryland Grant to be Used for Horse Management Outreach

May 22, 2007

The Maryland Department of Agriculture has received a $700,000 Chesapeake Bay Targeted Watershed Grant to help owners and operators of small-sized equine operations in Central Maryland with pasture and manure management. The 2002 Maryland Equine... Read More


Digestive Health: Food for Thought

April 01, 2007

Comparing equine digestive function with small animal function leads to misconceptions and mismanagement.... Read More


Impaction Colic: Risk Factors in Donkeys Pinpointed

March 23, 2007

While some of the differences between donkeys and their horse cousins are obvious, others take a little research to discover. Veterinary researchers from the University of Liverpool, U.K., performed a retrospective analysis on the rate and... Read More


Colic and Digestive Health

March 23, 2007

Equine experts at the 2006 AAEP Convention discussed the research, risks, evaluation, & treatments for colic.... Read More


Colic and Digestive Health

March 01, 2007

Colic, defined as any abdominal pain, has resulted in the deaths of horses throughout recorded history, stated White. In fact, today it is second only to old age as the number one cause of equine deaths in the United States. White said it is one of... Read More


Colic and Digestive Health (AAEP 2006 Wrap-Up)

March 01, 2007

Colic, defined as any abdominal pain, has resulted in the deaths of horses throughout recorded history, stated White. In fact, it is second only to old age as the number one cause of equine deaths in the United States today. ... Read More


Biodiesel Information Available on John Deere Web Site

February 16, 2007

John Deere has announced that it has expanded content on its Web site to provide information on biodiesel and other biofuel topics. The John Deere biofuels information can be accessed at Read More


Conn. Horse Owners Fighting Proposed Trail Riding Limits

February 05, 2007

A proposal to limit horseback riding on state-owned trails is not sitting well with Connecticut's thriving horse-riding community.

The state Department of Environmental Protection wants to limit horseback riding only to posted areas on... Read More


Colic's Under Attack at North Carolina State

January 14, 2007

Would you take ibuprofen for a stomachache? Your doctor likely wouldn't recommend it; heartburn, stomach cramps, and nausea are known "common side effects." But dosing with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like... Read More


Colic Prevention: Proven Tips to Reduce Risk

December 20, 2006

Colic is a common, expensive, and potentially fatal condition in horses that owners should try to prevent through proven management strategies. Fortunately, Noah Cohen, VMD, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, associate professor at Texas A&M University's... Read More


Another Route For Ulcer Treatment

September 14, 2006

Omeprazole paste is the gold standard when it comes to treating equine gastric ulcers syndrome. However, researchers at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine said because of its potency and long-acting effect, an intravenous form... Read More