Colitis in adult horses can be divided into two main types: infectious and non-infectious.
Infectious causes include:
If your horse has diarrhea or even manure that’s more “cow plop” in consistency, like the manure pictured here, it's a smart idea to touch base with your vet about what you're seeing.
In severe cases, laminitis can lead to separation of the lamina from the hoof wall, visible in this x-ray as a rotated coffin bone.
Barn supplies like pitchforks shouldn't be shared between the horse suspected of colitis and the other horses in the barn
Allow horses recovering from a serious bout of colitis plenty of downtime to regain their weight and fitness.
SmartPak strongly encourages you to consult your veterinarian regarding specific questions about your horse's health. This information is not intended to diagnose or treat any disease, and is purely educational.