Pawing & Kicking | symptoms of equine colic


Your baby (all eight hundred pounds of him) is pawing at the ground, looking at his sides and maybe kicking at his abdomen with his back hoof. He’ll lie down for a moment, maybe roll about, tries to nibble on the grass and then the pawing starts again and the whole scenario repeats itself. All are clear signs of the symptoms of equine colic.

Digestive System Disorder

Unfortunately, equine colic is relatively common. It’s a disorder of the digestive system, and while colic just means “abdominal pain,” when it comes to horses, it’s typically used to mean severe abdominal discomfort of one type or another. The two types of colic are gas (or spasmodic) colic and impaction colic. Two very dangerous conditions that lead to a phone call to your favorite veterinarian.

Symptoms of equine colic

Gas colic alongside the typical symptoms of equine colic can also include sweating, loud gut sounds, and frequent attempts to roll around. Gas colic can be caused by the inability to process food correctly, stomach issues such as ulcers, or even just bad grain having been ingested. Nailing down the cause can take a bit of trial and error.

Lying down is a symptom of colic in horses

Lying down is a symptom of colic in horses

Impaction colic is the far more severe of the two types. Symptoms of impaction equine colic can include no fecal production, dark mucous membranes, a drop in temperature and a reluctance to eat. Fortunately, only eight to ten percent of colic cases are impaction colic cases. However, if your horse is showing serious signs of a problem, it’s best to speed dial your vet clinic. When it comes to poop problems with your horse, faster is better. Surgery can be required if there are twists in the tract and the sooner your horse gets help, the better the prognosis.

Treatment for Equine Ulcers

When ulcers are causing problems with your horse’s digestive system, a great answer is Abler’s Abgard, which can help with their digestion. Shutting down excess acid production can help lower stress and ease the digestive process and gas build up. It also helps with the proper digestion of grain and prevents food build up in the narrow spaces of your horse’s digestive system.

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