Colic in horses and ponies.

Colic causes fear in many horse or pony owners, but not all types are good. This article outlines the causes of colic and the treatment methods from calling a veterinarian (every time) to complementary therapy.


Colic is abdominal pain caused by the accumulation of abdominal gas. You should call your veterinarian immediately.

There are three main forms of colic. It is Tympanitic colic, cramping colic and obstructive colic.

Tympanitic colic (abdominal bloating, gastric muscle tension, wind colic) presents as severe, persistent pain associated with sweating, anxiety, rapid pulse, tense abdomen, especially on the right flanks, high-pitched bowel sounds, and trying to lie down Or scroll.

The reason is often that food materials are fermented in the stomach or colon, but caused by a large amount of grains or rough mixing, or abundant spring grazing.

Treatment includes pain control and analgesia with antispasmodic drugs, while oral antibiotics and vegetable oils help reduce intestinal fermentation. The gas pressure in the stomach can be relieved by the stomach tube. Recovery is usually complete.

Cramping colic is the most common of the three types of colic. It often appears in offspring horses, and the shorter episodes last for several hours. There is timid (ie intermittent) abdominal pain, sweating, restlessness, tension in the lower abdomen, loud bowel sounds, and the horse will try to roll. It’s not bad.

The cause is often salt imbalance, lack of sodium and chloride ions from dehydration, or migration of worm larvae.

Treatment is the use of anticonvulsants and tranquilizers.

Obstructive colic: This may be divided into obstruction, which is severe and acute, and less severe, less painful effects.

Symptoms include shock caused by toxin release, acute severe pain, high temperature, high pulse rate, constipation, loss of appetite, and sometimes lying down, the horse may look at its flanks.

The cause is often overeating, especially dry matter-the worst is the unsoaked dry food that should be soaked. Sudden changes in diet, mechanical obstructions’intestinal distortions, tumors, venereal diseases’ and food shocks such as bending in the pelvis are other reasons.

Treatment usually requires emergency surgery, liquid paraffin and saline by the stomach tube, and rectal massage to break up a large number of food particles.

Complementary Therapy

Please note that colic is a veterinarian emergency; call your veterinarian every day.

Veterinary treatment can support and supplement: Bach flower remedies, such as rescue remedies, always help spiritual healing and aura in emergency situations to help calm crystal healing massage points.

Conclusion: Although you should call a veterinarian for colic in all cases, it is useful. We are aware of the fact that not all colic is a fast-paced, often fatal obstructive colic. In the management of colic, always under the guidance of a veterinarian. Try to prevent colic as much as possible, ensure that all foods that can be soaked are fully soaked with the required amount of water for the same duration, and gradually change your diet within a few days. Supportive management while waiting for the veterinarian rarely causes harm.