The term ‘colic’
simply describes abdominal or belly pain. There are many causes of this pain and
it is likely that most horses will have an episode of colic at some point in
their life. One of the problems with colic is that it can be difficult for an
owner to distinguish in the early stages the difference between mild or
potentially fatal colic. For this reason, it is important that all cases of
abdominal pain in a horse be taken seriously from the very beginning.