Is your horse pawing, rolling and uneasy?

When it comes to the treatment of colic, be aware that this is considered an emergency and time is of the essence. If you suspect your horse has colic, do not hesitate to call us to discuss your concerns. We are available to your assistance for this type of emergency 24/7.

In addition to the standard colic exam, rectal exam and nasogastric intubation, we have digital ultrasound available, if a case requires a more in-depth evaluation.

We also have hospital facilities available, if a case requires IV fluids and/or monitoring.

We can also refer your horse to an equine surgeon who specializes in colic cases, if surgery is deemed necessary.

What is “colic” and what does it look like?

Colic is a generic term used to describe abdominal discomfort. Colic can be caused by a number of different things including but not limited to mild spasm of the intestines, gas distension of the large colon, an impaction, or a large colon displacement or twist that requires surgical correction. Every horse exhibits different signs, but the most common colic signs include:

  • Not eating
  • Looking at his/her belly
  • Pawing
  • Curling the upper lip
  • Laying down
  • Rolling
  • Restless behaviour, getting up and down
  • Decreased manure production

Learn more about colic, from the American Association of Equine Practitioners: