High grain-based diets
Abrupt change in feed
Lack of water consumption leading to impaction colic’s
Long term use of NSAIDS
Pawing at the ground
Sweating and increased breathing rate
Rolling without shaking off after
Stretching as if to urinate
Elevated pulse rate
Lack of appetite
Lack of normal gut noises
Looking or biting at the flankPrevention of colic is essential and by following management techniques, the risk of a horse getting it can be reduced, but not eliminated. You should be familiar with the symptoms of colic to quickly identify the condition; taking into consideration your horse’s vital signs is very important.
Keep feeding and turnout routines as consistent as possible
Avoid feeding on the ground
Ensure a constant supply of fresh drinkable water
Use effective parasite control
Schedule regular dental careTreatment depends on many different factors, most importantly what kind of colic your horse may have.
Medication like Analgesics
Laxatives and lubricants
Why do horses have the stamina to run for extended periods? Horses can accommodate great oxygen demands with a specialized circulatory and respiratory system. This means they can provide the oxygen their muscles need during exercise. While the respiratory system transports oxygen, the equine circulatory system is a bit more complex.