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Welcome to the Equestrian Outreach Preventing Colic Page

Colic PhotoColic, The Biggest Killer of Horses and the Most Preventable

Diagnosing horse ailments requires a vet. (Click here for a list of Florida veterinarians by county)

Turnout: Turnout is thought to reduce the likelihood of colic, although this has not yet been proven. It is recommended that a horse receive ideally 18 hours of grazing time each day, as in the wild. Although many times this is difficult to manage with competition horses and those that are boarded, as well as for animals that are easy keepers with access to lush pasture and hence at risk of laminitis. Turnout on a dry lot with lower-quality fodder may have similar beneficial effects.