Equine colic is a relatively common disorder of the digestive system. It is defined as abdominal pain, but it is a clinical sign rather than a diagnosis.


Franklin Vets can assess the severity of your horses’ condition and discuss the treatment and prognosis. We provide immediate treatment for mild to moderate cases. If surgical intervention is necessary, we provide immediate pain relief and arrange for prompt referral to an equine specialist.

There are many different types of colic and many different causes. Signs to look out for are:

  • depression
  • sweating
  • rolling
  • kicking at the abdomen
  • decreased appetite
  • standing stretched out
  • restlessness
  • pawing
  • lying down
  • looking at the flanks
  • staggering

These signs may be mild, transient or severe depending on the cause.

If you suspect that your horse may have colic phone the vet immediately as this is an emergency and if left untreated your horse may die.