kirstien-angelKirstien Ward shares the story of her colic experience with her AQHA mare Angel. Thanks for sharing Kirstien! 

When Angel was 4 years old I got a call from my barn saying Angel was acting different. I thought she was just playing because she didn’t want to work. Well I just shook it off  and said she’s fine.

That night I got another call saying come out to the barn we think she’s colicking.

This was my first time dealing with colic. I remember that it was pouring down rain and very windy.

The vet came shortly and said Angel only had a 20 percent chance to live. This broke my heart. I remember sitting there with her in the middle of the rain saying if anything happened I would never love another horse again. I cried myself to sleep that night.

I woke up to a call saying she survived. I ran to the barn. I hugged her.

Later we learned that Angel was anemic, which is why she colicked so easily (she had 4 colic episodes in the following months). It was also related to misfeeding from her old owner (Angel was a rescue).

Today, my horse who was given a slim chance to live is now alive and healthy. My little girl has beaten colic and has now been colic-free for four years.

For sharing their story, Kirstien and Angel have been entered in a drawing to win a free 60-day supply of SUCCEED Digestive Conditioning ProgramSubmit your colic story during the month of June for Colic Awareness Month to enter. 

The Crusade Against Equine Colic is a movement empowering all horse people to learn how to reduce our horses’ risk for colic – and to share that knowledge with fellow equestrians.

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