Colic, which is technically a symptom, is not the only condition of the equine hindgut. Highlighting five specific diseases of the hindgut.

5 Conditions Affecting the Horse's Hindgut (Not Including Colic)

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Too often, digestive tract diseases in horses are reduced to just two potential culprits: gastric ulcers in the stomach and colic in the hindgut. The problem is that the equine gastrointestinal is vast, complicated, sensitive and more problematic than we tend to believe. An array of diseases can afflict various areas of the gut, and we need to understand how to recognize them, what causes them, and how to treat, manage, and prevent GI disease. 

Learn more about colitis, right dorsal colitis, digestive imbalance, hindgut acidosis, and colonic ulcers in this issue of the SUCCEED Equine enews. 

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What is Colitis in Horses?

The term “colitis” is used to describe inflammation of the lining (mucosa) of the large intestine. This inflammation frequently causes diarrhea and colic in horses, however it is important to realize that colitis only describes a set of symptoms. Diagnosing the cause of the colitis is essential for formulating an appropriate treatment plan. Colitis can lead to systemic shock, laminitis, kidney failure and other secondary complications if left untreated. Continue reading>>

Right Dorsal Colitis – The Result of Too Much of a Good Thing

Right Dorsal Colitis is defined as ulceration of the lining (the mucosa) of the large intestine. RDC usually occurs in response to long-duration, high-dose treatment plans using NSAIDs, but has also been observed in horses receiving the recommended dose for a duration of less than a week. Continue reading>>
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Digestive Imbalance in Horses

Digestive tract disease states, such as colic and ulcers, while serious clinical conditions, are also often induced states. Prior to reaching this state, the horse’s digestive system is in a state of imbalance that is almost unavoidable. What many people may not realize is that their own horses – even the horses they consider to be healthy – are likely living in a constant state of digestive imbalance. Learn more>>

Hindgut Acidosis in Horses

Hindgut acidosis generally refers to the lowering of pH (an increase in acidity) in the cecum and/or colon. Hindgut acidosis may have a multitude of effects on horse health, well-being and performance, and may even be the precursor to more serious health risks. Learn more>>

Colonic Ulcers in Horses

Whereas equine gastric ulcers are found in the stomach, colonic ulcers are lesions that occur in the hindgut (specifically the colon) of a horse. Because the hindgut is where most of the horse’s digestive process takes place, it is vital to overall equine health and can be easily disrupted. Learn more>>
Even horses that appear healthy can be affected in ways that impact you every day. Ask your vet to test with the SUCCEED Equine Fecal Blood Test if your horse:
  • is falling short of peak performance.
  • has problems turning.
  • displays behavioral issues.
  • has less productive training sessions than it should.
The SUCCEED Equine Fecal Blood Test can help your veterinarian determine in minutes if your horse has ulcers or other GI tract conditions.

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