Colic in horses means having pain in the abdomen or in the belly. It is a grave and life threatening emergency. Most cases of colic are simple convulsive, affected and having constipation with the inflation of intestine with gases. It is important for you to be aware of colic in horses so that you can help your horse till the professional help reaches you.
The general term Colic also applies to two types of disturbance of the usual intestinal processes in the horse. As per the cause of the colic problem, the horse may experience a temporary digestive hyperactivity of digestive tract or reduced intestinal activity. Colic caused by introversion or telescoping in small intestine and torsion, such as twisting of intestine that requires surgical intervention are rare.
The signs of colic in horses can be almost unperceivable in modest cases to highly violent in serious cases. Here is a list of the most common signs-
It is caused by many parasites due to eating moldy or rotten hay or grain or forage. In the case of colic spasms in mares, they are actuated by heat and pregnancies.
Caused by extreme parasites or worms, inordinate increase in grains, abrupt feed changes, eating grain by a tired horse. This allows for a very hot horse having lots of water or dental problems and intake of foreign materials and bodies, such as dust and sand.
It happens when the horse's intestine gets blocked due to solid bulk of food. The impingements most usually happen in the large intestine at the flexures. It is quite common form of colic that generally concludes comparatively easily with best treatment. All the same, the impaction can be just with the first apparent sign in a grave case.
At times gas develops in intestine, quite common in large intestine or caecum. Gas goes of in the intestine and causes pain.