The British Horse Society and the University of Nottingham have teamed up to launch a new colic campaign.
The scheme, called REACT Now to Beat Colic, is aimed at helping horse owners combat the condition after recent research from the University of Nottingham revealed that more than 90% of horse owners didn’t feel confident in spotting the early signs of colic.
It was also found that colic accounts for one in three emergency vet call outs. At least one in ten of these cases can be critical, where up to 80% of these cases result in death or the horse being euthanised.
The charity has also created a simple acronym, REACT to help horse owners spot any early signs of colic:
R – Restless or agitated
E – Eating less or dropping reduced
A – Abdominal pain
C – Clinical changes
T – Tired or lethargic
Emmeline Hannelly, BHS Welfare Education Officer, said: “We know how daunting colic can be for horse owners, and a lot of people don’t know how to spot its early signs. That’s why we have created helpful, clear guidance on all aspects of colic with The University of Nottingham. The guides will support horse owners in dealing with colic; from its prevention to the worst case scenario of emergency decision making.”
Further information and downloadable materials can be downloaded from the BHS website at www.bhs.org.uk/colic