In order to test the hypothesis that cribbing horses have more colic-attacks than non-cribbing horses a retrospective cohorte-study was done through a specific anonymous questionaire.
The parameters included race, age, gender, utilization and environmental conditions, as well as type and frequency of gastrointestinal colics. In order to obtain objective conditions for comparison matched-pairs were formed. Every cribbing horse was matched with a none cribbing partner of the same age and gender.
The statistic evaluation of 219 questionairies showed a significant higher frequency of colic-attacks within the cribbing group. During the observation time of two years 47,7% of the cribbing horses suffered from at least one gastrointestinal colic-attack, whereas 16,1% of the non-cribbing horses had a colic-attack. The odds-ratio, the probability to have a colic, is 2,18 times higher for cribbing horses than for none cribbing horses.