Colic in horses equine colic is a relatively common disorder of the digestive system although the term colic in the true definition of the word simply means abdominal pain the term in horses. Skeletal and joint disorders are the most common but problems in the musculoskeletal system can also indicate diseases of the muscles neurologic problems toxins in the body hormonal abnormalities metabolic disorders infectious diseases blood and vascular disorders poor nutrition and birth defects. Certain muscular disorders such as hypp and pssm are common in horses because breeders have selected for specific traits including enhanced muscle mass and metabolism economy the equine . Disorders of the back and pelvis in horses by peter clegg ma vet mb dipecvs phd mrcvs professor of equine surgery veterinary teaching hospital school of veterinary sciences university of liverpool. Infectious horse diseases are those that horses can get from each other or via a transmitter such as a mosquito or tick which may transmit the disease from horse to horse knowledge is key to prevention
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