“He was hurling himself to the ground,” recalls dressage rider Elli Darling of the day in March 2019 when Forever London developed colic. “It’s scary with an 18.2hh horse in a normal sized stable.”
Elli was joined by London’s owner, Pat Pomp, and Harriet Easton MRCVS from local Suffolk practice Ryder-Davies & Partners. When an initial examination suggested more than mild medical colic, the gelding was transferred to Newmarket Equine Hospital (NEH). Suspicions proved correct when surgeons discovered the reason for London’s discomfort – a rare condition called idiopathic focal eosinophilic enteritis (IFEE).