Colic can strike any time of the year. Depending on the season, your horse may be at risk for certain types. With spring here, you’ll have to keep an eye on your horse for gas colic. You definitely don’t want to ignore the symptoms. Colic is not only painful, but can even be fatal.
Lush spring grass is to blame for this form of colic. Because of the high sugar content, the grass causes your horse’s gut to increase fermentation. Ultimately, this leads to a build up of gas. And while you horse can’t burp, they do release air in other ways.
Problems begin to happen when the gas becomes trapped along the intestinal tract and accumulates. These gas pockets make the intestinal wall stretch, which causes pain to your horse.
- Kick or nip at their flank or belly
- Lie down repeatedly
- Lots of gurgling sounds
Call you vet at the first sign of gas colic. Your horse’s gut can easily get twisted, if not treated immediately.
Treatment of Gas Colic
Your vet will likely start by ruling out a blockage in your horse’s rectal area. Next, they’ll pass a nasogastric tube to their stomach. This will let the gas rush out. Sometimes, this will begin immediate relief. Occasionally, further treatment is needed.
You will also need to keep an eye on your horse for the next 24 hours.
You should take gas colic seriously! It can cause your horse a lot of pain.
For other types check out: 7 Different Types Of Colic Your Horse Is At Risk For