High levels of stress from a horse being very ill (say with a bad colic)
So colic can actually cause founder?
Don't get confused about colic, it is a symptom not a disease itself. .
I didn't think of it that way as a symptom rather than disease. Interesting. What would be a good layman's word for colic. Maybe like a bad stomach ache? A stomach ache is a symptom of a problem, not a problem itself. Would that be correct?
I'm sorry I must sound like a child asking questions. I'm almost 40, I promise, lol.
I know a bit about bloat/gastric torsion because I have a St Bernard mix and I know certain breeds of dogs, mostly large dogs can bloat if they eat too fast and then run around. It's something I'm always watching out for. It's a very big fear among large breed dog owners. Bloat happens so fast and can kill a dog within minutes. Is colic kind of like bloating?
I meant to say, as as kid, we'd stop our bikes and fee the horses handfuls of grass.
(Don't know why I said hay).
but that's good to know that regardless, it wouldn't have hurt them. Gosh, I'd feel awful. They'd see us riding up and they'd come running and of course as a kid, feeding a horse or any animal is fun. They're loving it and you're loving it.
That's a good idea about the grazing muzzles. I'm reading that spring grass has the highest content of sugar. The grazing muzzles give them a Hanibal Lector look but hey if it's going to keep them healthy, then they can graze away.
So basically too much grain,too much grass, grass with too high of a sugar content, too rich of a hay like alfalfa can cause founder or cause a horse to colic, or both?
I see that too much weight, stress an obesity can cause founder as well but I was more worried about food as a cause. The food part seems the easiest for an owner to do.
So is it correct to say that the easy keepers would founder or colic easier because they don't have a problem putting on weight?