The term ‘colic’ strikes fear among horse owners. Colic is not a disease, but rather a generic term that refers to a combination of signs that alert us to abdominal pain in the horse, which may be due to an accumulation of gas, fluid or feed.
The severity of colic can range from mild to severe, and should never be ignored. Many of the conditions that cause colic can become life-threatening in a relatively short period of time. Among domesticated horses, colic is a major cause of premature death, so knowledge of the different types, signs and what to do is extremely important.