The British Horse Society (BHS) and The University of Nottingham have teamed up to help horse owners combat the life-threatening condition of colic. Their REACT Now to Beat Colic campaign comes after Nottingham Uni research found that more than 90% of horse owners did not feel confident in spotting the early signs of colic.
The evidence based research found that colic accounts for one in three emergency veterinary call outs to horses. 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.
The aim of the REACT campaign is to prevent colic reaching critical stages by educating horse owners about the condition and identifying the more subtle, early signs of colic:
R - Restless or agitated
E - Eating less or droppings reduced
A - Abdominal pain
C - Clinical changes
T - Tired or lethargic
We have contributed a number of cases to the research involved in this campaign and been involved in the filming of a short information video designed to help owners be more aware of colic, the symptoms your horse may show and what action you may need to take.
Click here to see the information video supporting the campaign featuring OVH's Alex Knott.