Colic Risk Rater Healthcare Tool

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Colic is the #1 killer of horses (other than old age)

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Colic is defined as any abdominal pain. Colic is prevalent in horses given digestive tracts measuring 85 feet in length, paired with the fact that they are unable to throw up. Further, horses have evolved over eons as continuous grazers, but in recent history, humankind has taken horses out of their natural environment and applied the stresses of modern day management.

Use this tool to learn more about colic risk factors and ways to reduce the risk to your horse.

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Please note: This information provides guidelines only and should never replace information from your veterinarian.

Reduce your Risk:

Top Colic Risk Factors

√ Assess Your Colic Risk

√ Identify Risk Factors

√ Develop Preventative Strategies

► High grain, low forage diets

► Sudden changes in diet/routine

► Limited turnout/stall confinement


Colic Prevention Tips


Prevention tips printout

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(button) Increase Forage in Diet
Increase Forage in Diet
(button) Provide Clean, Fresh Water
Provide Clean, Fresh Water
(button) Feed Small Meals Frequently
Feed Small Meals Frequently
(button) Have a Parasite Prevention Program
Have a Parasite Prevention Program
(button) Feed Good Quality Feedstuff
Feed Good Quality Feedstuff
(button) Provide Routine Dental Care
Provide Routine
Dental Care
(button) Reduce Stall Time
Reduce Stall Time
(button) Be Consistent, Make Changes Slowly
Be Consistent,
Make Changes Slowly
(button) Maximize Turnout
Maximize Turnout
(button) Monitor your Horse
Monitor your Horse
(button) Consistent Exercise
Consistent Exercise
(button) Know your Horse. Pay Attention to Changes
Know your Horse.
Pay Attention to Changes
(button) Digestive Anatomy (button) Glossary (button) Additional Resources
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