Equine Colic

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This is abdominal pain which can be mild to violent. There are many causes of Colic. It can be due to a gut spasm caused from a change in diet, routine or a twist of a part of the intestine which causes strangulation of its blood supply. The more common causes of Colic are:

  • Impaction (where the intestine become clogged with semi digested food)
  •  Displacement of a section of bowl from its normal position
  • Twisting
  • Strangulation through hernias or holes strangulation by fatty tumours and other causes of obstruction


  •  Restlessness
  •  Not eating
  • Pawing the ground
  • Turning to stare at their flanks
  • Sweating
  • Raised temperature
  • curling up the top lip
  • standing as if straining to urinate

Severe colic will see the horse rolling and throwing it self about dangerously.

It is imperative to call your vet immediately if you suspect colic, even if the symptoms appear mild.
This can change. Your vet will give you advise on what to do until they arrive.

Equine Bowen Therapy and the treatment of Equine Colic

On referral whatever the cause Equine Bowen Therapy can be used to help sooth the bodies systems and assist in recovery times. The effect of Colic can be exhausting especially in an old or already frail horse. Using Bowens rebalancing abilities reduced recovery time is necessary to optimize health. Bowen muscles release qualities will assist muscles that have spasmed back to normal function.

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