The University of Nottingham have teamed up with the British Horse Society (BHS) in a five year study in order to assist horse owners in identifying colic and when to call a vet.
The research published revealed that "colic accounts for one in three emergency verterinary call outs. At least one in ten of these cases may be critical, and up to 80% of these critical cases result in death or the horse being euthanised." (https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/news/pressreleases/2016/september/shedding-light-on-deadly-colic.aspx)
The study has come up with an easy to remember acronym to help spot early signs of colic:
R – Restless or agitated
E – Eating less or dropping reduced
A – Abdominal pain
C – Clinical changes
T – Tired or lethargic
For more information please visit www.bhs.org.uk/colic where there is a wealth of information and leaflets designed to provide more information and prepare horse owners should your horse be affected by this illness.