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Category: Gastrointestinal disease

Horses have a very delicate gastrointestinal system and any disturbance to a normal feeding pattern or stressful situations can result in colic or other gastric problems. These conditions are usually a result of poor management, including diet, exercise and stress. Colic is a medical emergency, so if you think your horse may have colic, you should contact your vet immediately. Common signs include pawing or scraping the ground, turning to look at the abdomen, kicking or biting the abdomen, stretching out as if needing to urinate, general restlessness (getting up and down frequently), rolling, sweating, and increased respiratory and/or heart rate.

Most gastrointestinal conditions are treatable, or at least manageable, and your horse will make a full recovery – but a full recovery depends on initial first aid treatment and prompt diagnosis and treatment from your vet, so if your horse looks under the weather, call your vet immediately.

Equine gastric ulcer syndrome

Equine gastric ulceration syndrome (EGUS) is a common condition seen in many types of horses, but is often missed as the cause of a variety problems, including reduced body condition, changes in appetite, and behavioural and exercise-related issues. EGUS has


Diarrhoea is relatively common and a potentially serious condition that affects horses of all ages. In all but the mildest cases it is wise to call your vet to ensure prompt treatment is initiated and more serious conditions are identified

Colic – a serious belly ache

Colic is a word that every horse owner dreads. Unfortunately, most horses will suffer from colic at some point and it is essential for you to know how to identify the symptoms and what to do next. Although the majority