Horse owners from around the globe are invited to complete an online survey on colic. The findings will help create resources and recommendations for equine owners and caretakers to recognize and diagnose the condition.
Researchers at Britain's University of Nottingham have shown that colic is the most common emergency condition and it is the most concerning to horse owners. From the survey, scientists are hoping to develop new material for a campaign that focuses on critical decision making when a horse is colicking.
The survey explores some of the factors that affect decisions made regarding colic, including cost, potential surgical outcomes for older equines and survival prospects. The researchers hope the results will tell them what horse owners know about colic and what they would do if their horse became ill.
Any owner or caretaker who is over 18 and who oversees horses, ponies, donkeys or mules is invited to complete the survey, which can be found here.
The study is being done by James Heale, an undergraduate veterinary student, and Katie Lightfoot, a doctoral student. Sarah Freeman, a professor of veterinary surgery at the university, is overseeing the project.
The data will be analyzed in September and the new material is expected in early 2020.
Read more at HorseTalk.
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