Managing Your Horse After an Episode of Colic

General Information

As a horse recovers from an episode of colic, you must carefully monitor the animal for recurrence of colic. There is no way to predict if and when colic will recur, so you must be alert to any signs of another colic episode. Important Points in Treatment Check your horse for signs of colic every (Ask your Vet) hour(s). if possible, measure the heart rate and listen for intestinal sounds. Hand walk your horse for minutes every (Ask your Vet) hour(s).Provide access to fresh water at all times. Do not offer hay or other feed until your horse passes manure. Allow your horse to graze fresh grass for (Ask your Vet) minutes every (Ask your Vet) hour(s). Offer your horse bran mash (Ask your Vet) time(s) per day. Add a handful of grain and 2 tablespoons of Lite salt to a 1-lb coffee can of bran, then mix with warm water to a paste consistency. About 12 hours after colic signs have subsided, feed half of the usual amount of feed and lightly exercise your horse. After 24 hours of normal intestinal sounds and normal passage of manure, feed and exercise your horse as usual. After this episode of colic resolves, we should evaluate the following:

____Feeding program ____Deworming program ____Dental health: ____Prevention ingestion of sand ____Water intake ____Gastrointestinal diagnostic tests ____Other

Call Our Office If: You have any questions concerning this bout of colic or recurring signs of colic. Ask your Veterinarian how soon we should recheck your horse.