Horse Colic


Final NAHMS Equine '98 Study Information Released

January 01, 2001

Lameness ranks as the most expensive health issue for horse owners nationwide (as compared to colic and EPM), according to the United States Department of Agriculture's National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS) Equine '98 Study. NAHMS... Read More


Colicky Olympian Recovers

November 01, 2000

The United States received a scare when Foltaire, a 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding and Olympic Dressage Team member, had a bout with colic at the Sydney International Equestrian Center. The horse, who is piloted by Guenter Seidel of Del Mar... Read More


U.S. Olympic Dressage Horse Makes Speedy Recovery

September 01, 2000

Concerns over the health of U.S. Equestrian Team (USET) dressage horse Foltaire eased considerably Sept. 9 after he made a rapid recovery from a bout of colic.

Foltaire, a 13-year-old, Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Dick and Jane Brow... Read More


Dealing With Sand Colic

February 01, 2000

Prompt diagnosis and treatment can ensure that a mild colic doesn't become a fatal colic.... Read More


Your Horse's Gastrointestinal Health: A Contented Colon

January 01, 2000

If you have a veterinary textbook somewhere on your shelves, chances are you've seen one of those photos of a sick horse's innards-miles and miles of wet, purplish loops of intestine, spilling out in all directions. The poor equine posing for... Read More


100 Years of Horse Health Care

January 01, 2000

Standing on the fresh field of a brand new century, we look eagerly-if sometimes cautiously-toward the horizon and the unknown future awaiting us. We hope that, in the months and years to come, we will solve problems long puzzled over and finish... Read More


Big Ben Dies At 23

December 16, 1999

Big Ben, Canada's most famous show jumping horse, died early Saturday, Dec. 11, from colic. He was 23.

Big Ben, ridden for over a decade by Ian Millar of Perth, came down with colic around 6 p.m. EST on Friday. He was euthanized in orde... Read More


Colic: To Walk Or Not To Walk

October 03, 1999

Despite what has been passed down through the years, it is acceptable for a colicky horse to lie down. Furthermore, it is considered unlikely that the horse will twist the intestines by rolling.... Read More


Horse Deaths; Horse Thefts

August 01, 1999

We’ve had two cases of colic at our barn in the last week. Why? Is it the weather? Is the pasture too dry? Is there too much/too little grass? Was there something different growing/blooming/going to seed? Are the horses not drinking enough?... Read More


The Epidemiology Of Colic

August 01, 1999

Because there are so many causes for colic, epidemiology can be helpful in determining those things that are associated with an increased risk of colic. In some cases, it also can help identify the cause.... Read More


Predicting the Outcome of Colic

July 30, 1999

Colic is a common problem in horses. Establishing a plan for treatment and predicting the possible outcome of a case of colic is important to both the attending veterinarian and the anxious owner of the horse. Abdominal fluid... Read More


Foals and Meconium Impaction

February 01, 1999

Passing the meconium is, to me, the second-biggest hurdle a foal must overcome after birth--the first, obviously, is making the transition from the protected life within the uterus to life outside the uterus (breathing, standing, nursing).... Read More


Risen Star Dies As A Result Of Colic

March 20, 1998

Risen Star, the 1988 Thoroughbred champion 3-year-old colt whose career at stud never matched his exploits on the track, died March 13 at the Hagyard-Davidson-McGee veterinary clinic near Lexington, Ky., as a result of colic. The 13-year-old son... Read More


Small Colon Impactions

February 13, 1998

Disorders of the small colon make up a small percentage of the etiologies in acute abdominal crises in horses. Obstruction by fecal material, enteroliths, and meconium are the most commonly reported pathogenic conditions of the small colon in th... Read More


Impaction Colic

June 01, 1996

Colic is an equine problem familiar to all people who work with horses. Many colics are simply gas colics and can resolve themselves quickly with little or no intervention. In some cases, the home remedy of walking the horse or loading the horse... Read More


Colic in Horses: Recognize the Signs

May 01, 1996

Owners, beware. THE NUMBER ONE KILLER OF HORSES IS COLIC! But it's not a disease. It is not an immediate accident. And, unfortunately, it is not thoroughly understood.

It can, however, become life threatening in a relatively... Read More