Preventing Colic in Horses

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How many horse owners worry every time the weather changes or just worry in general if their beloved equine partner will have colic or,  even worse, need to have colic surgery? I would dare to guess that 99.999% of horse owners share this worry on a daily basis. 

colic diagram of a horse

Knowing the signs and prevention tactics are important strategies in keeping your horse safe from colic events. Some basic signs to look for are biting at their sides, wanting to roll, pawing the ground and sweating abnormally. Many equine colic cases clear up quickly with medication while others require surgery with a long course of treatments.

There are several things to keep in mind to help prevent equine colic. Keep your horse on a scheduled feeding program that provides plenty of forages and, of course, keep a water supply for them at all times. Keep your horse on a deworming schedule and allow your horse to be out for as much movement as possible. Developing a good relationship with your veterinarian is also key so they will know your horse’s history. This may speed things up a bit in the event your horse should colic.

For more information on colic refer to the attached link provided by NC State University.

CVM Surgeon Offers Insight into Early Equine Colic Prevention

For more information contact Tom Harrell at 252-232-2262 or email

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Tom Harrell, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionTom Harrell4-H Program Assistant, 4-H Youth Development Call Tom E-mail Tom N.C. Cooperative Extension, Currituck County Center
Updated on Jun 24, 2020
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