What you see. The starting point for addressing any equine health related issue is your observation.


Backing into Corner of Stall


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).

  • 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.

your role


What To Do

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.

What Not To Do

Do not assume this is a mere behavioral issue.

your vet's role

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.
Questions Your Vet Might Ask:
  • Are you seeing other signs of abdominal pain (colic)?
  • When did you first notice this?
  • Does your horse have a history of colic?
  • What are the results of the Whole Horse Exam (WHE)?
  • Have you changed your horse's feed or management lately?
  • What is the horse's age, sex, breed and history?

Diagnoses Your Vet May Consider

The cause of the problem. These are conditions or ailments that are the cause of the observations you make.

Very Common
Less Common
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Treatments Your Vet May Recommend

A way to resolve the condition or diagnosis. Resolving the underlying cause or treating the signs of disease (symptomatic treatment)

Very Common
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further reading & resources

Author: Doug Thal DVM Dipl. ABVP