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Dr. Liz Barrett

Horse Colic: Signs, Symptoms, First Aid

Posted: June 2017
Length: 04:47
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Watch as Dr. Liz Barrett of Hagyard Equine Medical Institute discusses horse colic treatment, what you should do until the vet arrives, and what treatments are available. This video is brought to you by ColiCare from SmartPak.

About This Video

Colic can be life-threatening for a horse. Hagyard’s Dr. Liz Barrett shares tips on spotting equine colic symptoms and taking early action, explains what can cause colic, and discusses treatment options, including surgery. 

Key Principles:

  • What Is Colic?
  • Causes and Symptoms
  • What to Do if Your Horse Has Colic
  • Treatment Options
  • Surgery and Recovery Time


This video is brought to you by ColiCare from SmartPak.

About The Expert

Dr. Liz Barrett
Associate Veterinarian and Surgeon, Hagyard Equine Medical Institute

Dr. Liz Barrett, DVM, MS, DACVS, is an associate veterinarian and surgeon at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Lexington, Kentucky. A native of Canada, she completed her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at Atlantic Veterinary College before completing a surgical internship at Hagyard and a surgical residency and master’s program at Auburn University. Her research has focused on tendon repair after laceration and on colic. She joined Hagyard’s Sport Horse team in the fall of 2013, concentrating on lameness and emergency work. She is an FEI-permitted treating veterinarian. For more information about Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, visit their website.