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Backs into Corner of Stall

Code Red - Call Your Vet Immediately, Even Outside Business Hours

Code Red - Call Your Vet Immediately, Even Outside Business Hours

  • If you notice other signs of abdominal pain (colic).
  • If the behavior continues with no explanation.
  • If the results of the Whole Horse Exam (WHE) in the resting horse indicate fever (Temp >101F/38.3C) or heart rate greater than 48 BPM.

Although this behavior could be associated with other underlying causes, horses that repeatedly back into the corner of a stall or corral are usually experiencing abdominal pain (colic).


Assess your horse’s general health using the Whole Horse Exam (WHE), paying particular attention to attitude and appetite, heart rate, intestinal sounds and gum color. Look for other signs of abdominal pain like lying down, kicking at belly or pawing, among others. Test your horse’s appetite with a handful of feed. Contact your vet with your findings and concerns.


Your vet will perform a physical exam to determine whether this behavior and any other abnormalities are a result of colic, and run additional diagnostics as needed.

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Author: Doug Thal DVM Dipl. ABVP


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