900,000 horses will colic this year
That estimate is from the American Association of Equine Practitioners, and it shows just how common colic is. What’s worse is colic can be very serious — in fact, more horses die from colic than any other condition.
Why is colic so common?
Unfortunately, many day-to-day barn events are proven to increase a horse’s risk of colic. The timeline below shows how many times Brady’s risk of colic increased in under six months!
Day 1: Grain Change
Despite an adequate daily serving of good hay, Brady has been losing weight, so his owner upped his grain a bit. What she didn’t know was that grain changes (in type or amount) can cause a 5X increase in colic risk.
Day 39: Deworming Dilemma
Brady’s owner forgot that the vet said he was due for dewormer. Unfortunately, parasites may cause intestinal inflammation, predisposing horses to GI disturbance.
Day 62: Show Time
Brady and his owner competed in a few classes at a local show. Unfortunately, his owner wasn’t aware that changes in exercise
routine have been linked to increased digestive upset.
Day 81: Laid Up
Brady hurt himself playing out in the field and now he has to spend six weeks on stall rest. Unfortunately, a sudden increase in stall time can cause disruptions in the normal digestive process.
Day 113: Hay is Here
Brady’s boarding barn received a new delivery of hay. While this sounds like delicious and welcome news, hay changes (feeding a new cutting or changing hay types) can cause a 10X increase in colic risk.
Day 137: Water Woes
With winter approaching, Brady’s water bucket is getting colder and colder, and he’s not a fan of icy drinks. Unfortunately, without adequate water intake, Brady may be at a greater risk for GI trouble, including impaction.
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