Early recognition of colic signs by the horse owner or carer plays a pivotal role in improving welfare of the horse. Furthermore, an understanding of colic and what procedures may be utilised by a vet will allow the owner to make an informed choice when faced by the pressures of an emergency situation. The University of Nottingham in partnership with The British Horse Society (The BHS) have developed evidence-based resources, to be distributed amongst owners, aimed to help improve owner understanding and raising awarenss of the importance of being prepared if decisions have to be made in an emergency. A wide range of resources are freely available to any horse owner or vet, through a dedicated BHS webpage, which includes a range of inforamtion leaflets, a REACT poster as well as a short information video on colic that may be shared with horse owners. The wesbite link and information can be shared through practice websites or social media and hard copies of the resources can be requested directly from the BHS for distribution to horse owners.


The information and areas covered in the REACT campaign awere those that were ranked as being most important or needed by horse owners and vets in the workshops and surveys undertaken in the research stages.The information leaflets cover the following areas:


Information on vet procedures and referral are written specifically to help owners understand the different procedures and possible complications and may be useful to give clients prior to or during the assessment process.