COLIC IN THE HORSE
December 5, 2007 at 7.30pm
Leading veterinary scientist, Professor Chris Proudman, from the
University of Liverpool gave an evening talk to equine enthusiasts
at Nottingham Trent University's Brackenhurst campus on "Prevention
of Colic in the Horse".
Colic is the single biggest cause of death in horses. In order
to prevent it, you have to understand what causes it and considerable
advances have occurred over the past 20 years. During the course
of the lecture, Professor Proudman considered the key risk factors:
Diet, parasites, time of year and individual susceptibility.
Simple interventions that will decrease the risk of colic were
identified and the science behind each explained.
Did you know that ...
10% of serious colics are fatal, not to mention expensive.
It is a proven fact that the more hard feed you feed
to your horse, the higher the risk of it getting colic.
Changing your horse's diet increases the likelihood
of him/her getting colic by 12 times.
Make any changes to the horse's diet gradually over two to four WEEKS so the
gut can adapt. Bringing a horse in from grass and allowing him to eat a straw
bed is a change in his diet, so using another form of bedding could help there.
Horses which often eat their straw bedding may not colic because they are used
to it as part of their diet.
Equine tapeworms are shorter than those you see in
cats and dogs. The tapeworms can be busy blocking one of the junctions
in your horse's intestines! So have you wormed your horse for tapeworm
recently? Did you know there is a blood test that can be
carried out to show whether your horse has tapeworm infection?
You can find out more about this and much more by visiting www.diagnosteq.co.uk .
Crib-biters and wind-suckers are a very high risk
You can walk a non-violent colic case and even give
it a ride in a trailer or lorry as the ride and 'jiggling about'
can help to relieve the pain? Violent cases are, however, a danger
to you the handler and to the horse itself and should not be walked. It
used to be thought that allowing the horse with colic to roll could
cause a twisted gut. This was probably because the kennels or abattoir
would find a twisted gut and believe that rolling had caused it.
However, it is thought that the twisted gut occurs BEFORE the violent
pain which causes the horse to want to get down and roll.
A leader in his field, Professor Proudman is Head of Equine Studies
at the University of Liverpool and a Royal College of Veterinary
Surgeons (RCVS) Specialist in Equine Gastroenterology. He is responsible
for the diagnosis and management of soft-tissue surgical cases
including reproductive tract surgery, airway surgery and a large
colic caseload. Current research interests include the post-operative
survival of equine colic cases, colic in donkeys and the association
between intestinal parasites and colic.
Hoyland Event Director, Jill Hoyland said "The
lecture was interesting and informative. Whether your horse is
hacker," or an Olympic athlete, the information given in this talk
could save his/her life!"
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