Colic fact sheet

Signs and symptoms

The signs range anywhere from a dull rough haircoat, to mouth and stomach irritations (shown through lack of appetite) which leads to weight loss, diarrhea, and eventually colic.

Parasite colic

What should you do if your horse is colicing?

  • Remain calm
  • Check your horses vital signs
  • Look for presence of feces in stall or pen
  • If it is colic, call vet immediately
  • As you wait for the vet, walk your horse around to get their digestive track moving
  • Withhold access to water until the vet can examine
  • If horse is down, encourage them to get to their feet


One type of treatment (which is also a prevention) is deworming. When treating parasites with deformed, you should get your veterinarians guidance to help determine the best dewormer for your horse.


The most common type that require surgery is known as twisted gut. Often surgery is the most dramatic solution to colic as most can be fixed in the field.


1. Always have fresh clean water

2.Allow pasture turnout

3.Avoid feeding on the ground in sandy areas

4.Feed grain only as needed

5.Teeht should be floated every six months

6.Control parasites

Where is the issue in the GI tract

It's in the Digestive track and Gastrointestinal diseases

What would veterinarian check when examining house

Vet check for a check off and a exam to see if every thing is going the right way