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BHS Warns Horse Owners to be extra vigilant for signs of colic

5 Jan 2018

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The British Horse Society’s Welfare Department has seen an increase in calls from horse owners concerned about colic during these winter months. 

Colic is one of the most common emergency problems in the horse, and in partnership with The University of Nottingham; the BHS runs its REACT now to beat colic campaign; to educate horse owners on how to spot the early signs of colic in their horse and other colic-related issues.

Emmeline Hannelly, BHS Welfare Education Officer: “Winter weather can be an absolute nightmare. Horse owners may be forced to change the management of their horses due to turnout conditions being unsafe especially with the amount of rain and snow which has fallen in recent weeks. “

“The concern is that sudden changes in management can increase the risk of colic. The BHS is aware of high numbers of horses suffering from colic across the UK due to these current conditions. There are steps that horse owners can take to decrease the risks which are explained in our REACT Now to Beat Colic advice literature.”

For your free copy of the REACT Now to Beat Colic pack, email welfare@bhs.org.uk or call 02476 840517 or visit www.bhs.org.uk/colic.

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