Understanding common colic risk factors
Colic is a potentially deadly and unfortunately common condition that affects horses of all ages, breeds, and disciplines. In fact, the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) estimates 700,000 horses will colic each year in the U.S. alone. With statistics like that, you want to understand what increases your horse’s risk for colic and how you can help. Unfortunately, several day-to-day barn events are proven to increase a horse’s risk of colic, including:
- Changes in hay, including switching types or feeding a new cut
- Grain changes, including changes in amount, type or brand
- Sudden changes in exercise or activity level
Staying in the dark about colic
Many riders feel helpless about colic and often think that it’s best to avoid the subject altogether because if they talk about colic, then they’re jinxing their horse. However, staying in the dark is the worst thing you can do because what you don’t know can hurt. You’re not powerless to reduce your horse’s risk for colic, and the best way to help your horse is to understand the common colic risks, such as the ones listed above, and learn smart management practices to help your horse cope.
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