Preventing Horse Death: What You Need to Know

By Sharon North Pohl, Founder of

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Thank you for visiting us for National Horse Colic Awareness Month.

Colic kills more horses each year than any other ailment. In most cases, early identification of the signs and symptoms could have saved those horses. It is often the case that the signs go unnoticed until the colic is quite severe, especially when the horses are being handled by various handlers and not just one person alone.

In my 30 years of managing stables, rescuing, and retraining horses, I have personally experienced about 100 colic episodes. I am proud to say I never lost a horse to colic or sent a horse to surgery.

Through all of those stressful late night watches and expensive vet calls, I discovered that EVERY ONE of our colic episodes could have been prevented with changes in our awareness and adjustments to our horse keeping systems. Over the years my team learned and the colic episodes became fewer and farther between.

As a horse owner, I know you stand with me against Colic, and I hope you will take full advantage of the new system I created; an easy-to-use series of Colic Charts to hang in your barns and stables. I’ve created these charts to help horse lovers all over the world lessen their chances of a colic episode. Together we can make a difference in the fight against Colic.

Here Are The Facts:


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  • 5 – 8 out of every 100 horses, will colic in their life time
  • Colic surgery costs between $6,000 and $12,000
  • Colic surgery is not always successful
  • Colic surgery has a long recovery time
  • You can prevent most colics and detect it if you know what to look for

To download your Colic Symptoms Chart simply right click on the image
and select "Save Target As" or "Save Link As"

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    Colic Crusher System - Symptoms Chart

    This free colic sheet was designed as a simple emergency sheet for National Colic Awareness Month. It’s easy-to-see design was planned as a quick reference to help others, not as knowledgeable as you and I. Those who may be helping out in the barn, or who are newer to horses need a point of reference to notice and understand colic before it is a tragedy. This is the first of 5 sheets in this system.

Sharon is a level two certified EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association)  facilitator and presenter. She has attended over 20 trainings and facilitated for 13 years. She is also an accomplished competitive dressage rider and trainer, and has rescued and retrained horses for over 30 years.


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