Colic is one of the most common emergency problems in the horse.
Despite many years of research and development of new methods of diagnosing and treating colic, it remains a major cause of death in the horse. It is one of the few conditions in the horse that is a genuine emergency.
Most cases can be resolved relatively quickly with appropriate treatment, but some will be critical with potentially severe consequences. Conditions that affect the blood supply to the intestine become a race against time, and the earlier the problem is recognised and treated, the better the chance of survival.
The information below discusses the wide range of issues related to colic and has been produced from the evidence, recommendations and involvement of veterinary surgeons, horse owners and original research conducted by The University of Nottingham.
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Warning: some leaflets contain surgical photos
The British Horse Society and The University of Nottingham thank all those involved with the production of the colic information. The leaflets have been written and reviewed by:
- Professor Sarah Freeman, Dr John Burford, Dr Adelle Bowden and Professor Gary England – School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, The University of Nottingham
- Professor Tim Mair – Bell Equine Clinic
- Professor Debbie Archer – University of Liverpool
- The British Horse Society Welfare & Education Teams