Downloadable Colic Information

August 2019

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.

To request your free colic pack and guide contact the Welfare team on 02476 840517* or email

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Recognising the signs of colic

What is colic?

Recognising the signs of colic

Reducing the risk of colic

Emergency decision making

Normal temperature, pulse and
respiration parameters in adult horses

Waiting for the vet to arrive

What will my vet do if my horse has colic?

What will my vet do if my horse has colic?

Rectal examination

Nasogastric intubation


What happens at referral?

How to help your horse - a quick guide

Poster and emergency numbers


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



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