Be ready to pre­vent, treat deadly colic.

Horse & Rider - - Contents -

Colic know-how can save your horse from this No. 1 killer. Ab­dom­i­nal pain can be caused by gas in the di­ges­tive tract; ob­struc­tions and feed im­pactions; bowel twists, tu­mors, or rup­tures—even is­sues else­where in the body. Call your vet im­me­di­ately if you no­tice rest­less­ness, sweat­ing, groan­ing, paw­ing, look­ing at the belly, or at­tempt­ing to roll. Move your horse to a well-bed­ded stall or small paddock. Walk­ing him for 10 min­utes at a time may pro­vide some re­lief un­til the vet ar­rives.

Colic pain can cause thrash­ing, so a well-bed­ded stall or other safe lo­ca­tion is nec­es­sary un­til your vet­eri­nar­ian ar­rives.

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