Colic Risk Rater Tool

Colic is the #1 killer of horses (other than old age)

Colic is defined as any abdominal pain. Colic is prevalent in horses given digestive tracts measuring 85 feet in length, paired with the fact that they are unable to throw up. Further, horses have evolved over eons as continuous grazers, but in recent history, humankind has taken horses out of their natural environment and applied the stresses of modern day management.

Use this tool to learn more about colic risk factors and ways to reduce the risk to your horse.

Please note: This information provides guidelines only and should never replace information from your veterinarian.


What is your risk of colic?

Get a customized rating for your horse. Watch the dial move with every decision you have made/will make.


Reduce your Risk

  • Assess Your Colic Risk
  • Identify Risk Factors
  • Develop Preventative Strategies

Top Colic Risk Factors

  • High grain, low forage diets
  • Sudden changes in diet/routine
  • Limited turnout/stall confinement

Colic Prevention Tips


Check out Equine Guelph’s online courses to learn more!