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        Healthy horses have active sounds coming from their intestinal tract.  The absence of sound is indictive to colic.  If there are no sounds, call a vet.

          Using a stethoscope is the best way to hear gut sounds.  Put the stethoscope up against the horseís barrel just behind his last rib.  If you hear lots of sounds, the horse is probably all right.   Be sure to check from both sides.

          Sounds on the left side are generated by the small intestine.  These sounds tend to be high pitched, tiny fine bubbles and of short duration. Sounds on the right side are from the large intestine.  These sounds will be lower in pitch, bubbles will sound larger than the bubbles from the small intestine and the growls will be in longer cycles.

          If you donít have a stethoscope, put your ear up against the horse just behind the last rib.  You will have to push against his side firmly to hear the gurgling sounds.

         The sounds you hear, (if you have your speakers on) while reading this page, are the sounds of a healthy large intestine.