Colic is the number one natural killer of horses. It is a painful condition in the abdomen that can be caused by many things, including impacted feed; a twist in the digestive tract; and parasites or tumors. Understanding the causes of colic is an important part of preventing it. Emergency sugery for colic must often be obtained quickly, but it is effective in saving a horse’s life. Do you know the signs of colic in horses? Horse mortality policies sometimes include a certain coverage for emergency colic surgery. To qualify for this insurance, underwriters want to know the horse’s colic history. They also want to know that your horse has a good vet who visits regularly. The location of the nearest emergency equine surgery center is also important when being considered for this coverage. The best insurance against colic is prevention. Keep informed about this condition, watch for signs and know your horse!