Horse Colic – A Violent Killer

Horse colic is recognized as the number one horse killer after old age.

Contrary to popular opinion, horse colic is not a disease in itself but is classified more as a syndrome where symptoms and the presence of abdominal pain that are common at the horse colic point indicate the possibility of illness or injury. If your horse is suffering from severe pain, then you can give horse pain killers.

In a recent study by the United States Department of Agriculture, it was found that among various horse races, Thoroughbreds showed the highest incidence of colic at a rate of 10.9 percent.

Breeds of livestock horses such as Quarter horse, Paints and Appaloosas experience horse colic at a rate of 3.5 percent, and all other races show a horse colic incidence rate of 2.9 percent.

Every horse owner must be good at recognizing signs of horse colic. Horse colic can be seen when a horse turns its head abnormally as if it wants to see its wing area.

Additional signs of colic in horses including abnormal legs; kick or bite the stomach area; stretching the horses in the same way stallions or castles will be when urinating; anxiety expresses itself in the form of a horse that wants to get up or lie down; abnormal desire to roll and often with the presence of snorting; sitting in a position like a dog; losing interest in food; bow his head in the same way as when drinking water; lack of abnormal stool in the cage which indicates a lack of defecation; sweating; rapid breathing; pulse increase of 60 beats per minute or more; indication of depressed mood; and abnormal lip curling is not triggered by  stimulation.

If the owner of a horse, or horse handler, suspect a horse might show signs of horse colic, some information must be written before calling the Veterinarian.

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