What Are The Symptoms of Horse Colic

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The signs of colic in horses range from almost imperceptible in mild cases to extremely violent in severe cases.

The physical signs of colic that your horse may show can include :

Horses with colic will have a faster heart rate and higher body temperature than normal.

The horse will sweat, become restless, paw the ground, try to roll, get up and down several times, bite at its sides, kick at its belly, show a change in its manure, or fail to defecate.

Colic pain can be caused by several intestinal problems such as …

  • an impacted or plugged intestine
  • sand in the cecum
  • increased activity of the intestine
  • inflammation of the intestinal membrane lining
  • blockage of blood supply to the intestine
  • or a stretched digestive tract due to gas or undigested feed.

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The symptoms of a serious colic are :-
  • Groaning or rolling
  • shallow breathing
  • sweating and swelling of the abdomen
The symptoms of mild colic include:
  • Lethargy
  • loss of appetite
  • fewer droppings
  • stomach ache

The most common visual signs of horse colic :
    Symptoms of Horse Colic
  • lying down more than usual
  • getting up and lying down repeatedly
  • standing stretched out
  • standing frequently as if to urinate
  • turning the head towards the flank
  • repeatedly curling the upper lip
  • pawing at the ground
  • kicking at the abdomen
  • excessive rolling
Equine Colic can be very serious, even life threatening for a horse. Read the other sections and ensure you recognise the signs and know what to do if ever have the unfortunate experience of having to deal with colic.