Colic is a term used to describe a pain within the tummy and can be life threatening so here is what to look out for.

  • Dullness, depression and lack of appetite
  • Pawing at the ground, kicking or looking at their abdomen (flank-watching)      
  • Restlessness, repeated standing and lying down             
  • Excessive rolling and/or sweating
What to do:
  • Ensure your own safety – horses with colic can sometimes react violently so be careful!
  • Call the vet as soon as possible and take further advice, it can be hard to distinguish mild cases of colic from severe ones in the early stages
  • Remove food and any objects such as buckets to stop any injuries        
  • In mild cases, horses maybe walked gently to relieve pain. Otherwise, put horse in a suitable, safe place like a deep bedded stable, outdoor school or paddock until the vet arrives
  • If your horse is rolling; do not try and stop them! It does not increase the risk of the gut from twisting but will increase the risk of you getting hurt!