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Sal
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I think you were probably thinking of laminitis, FSL, which is inflammation of the soft lining in their hooves.

The short version of Jim’s link is:

Colic is tummy ache for horses, but because they have so much intestine it can be very dangerous.  It is not contagious, it usually comes from eating bad food, drinking too quickly after eating, excising on a full stomach – pretty much like indigestion.

If caught early enough it is usually easy to treat (coca cola and paracetamol, I think used to be the pony club remedy).  The danger comes when the gut becomes blocked (horses can’t be sick, so bad food has to go the other way).  In addition they can get very distressed with the pain, and in thrashing around to ease it they can damage themselves more.  

I’m sorry to see about Roxan, I thought she was a really nice type when winning the Hilary Needler.