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Research looks to solve equine colic mystery

January 16, 2015

Colic. It’s a grim word with dire meaning for horse owners. Colic kills backyard ponies and million-dollar race horses alike. The early symptoms can be subtle, easily missed. By the time the signs are unmistakable, sometimes it’s too late. 

Erin Venable, assistant professor of equine science at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and an expert in equine nutrition, wouldn’t be the first researcher to want to find a cure. But she is one of a small number with access to one of the best research tools available – cannulated horses, eight of them. 

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