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    03-12-2008, 12:15 AM

My younger horse has colic several times over the winter....and I am fearing that this last time was due to an impaction.

Any remedies besides a vet up his butt?
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    03-12-2008, 12:38 AM
If your young horse has suffered a few attacks, I would seriously recommend talking to your vet about changing something!
    03-12-2008, 01:57 AM
Yes, I agree with JDI. Have you been changing his feed lately? How's his weight? What has the vet said? Keep a CLOSE eye on him, call the vet whenever needed.
    03-12-2008, 07:33 AM
My neighbor's horse had same issues this winter. Looks like the reason she changed her grain feed (from expensive one (Purina or Legends, don't remember) to something cheap).
    03-12-2008, 12:02 PM
I haven't changed his feed much....i add a 1/2 quart of hay stretcher....but he is new ( May07) and has gotten into my other horses feed a few times....

Spirit is on 2 qts. Safe Choice 2x daily with a mid day meal of soaked hay stretcher and bran

Allegro (other horse) gets 4qts of Triple Crown Senior Formula 3x daily

I am attempting to split their main paddock in two to hopefully prevent this in the coming months

It's not an impaction.....i had him checked by the vet
    03-12-2008, 01:27 PM
We have our horses on a diet supplied by a equine nutritionist, and while the products are amazing, they are extremely expensive. For horses who are prone to colic, wether it be gas colic, or an impaction, you should look into getting some kind of enzyme or probiotic to aid him to digest better. You can also give him 1-2 oz of oil, which helps with gas. We feed flax oil or soybean oil, and stay away from corn as it is too high of an energy source and fat source.
If you want to check out what we are giving the horses, go to
The liquid "KLPP" is a super potent probiotic type supplement that balances the PH in the horse's gut and relieves them of gas. If we have a horse that has a belly ache, you can give the KLPP to them and if often suppresses whatever is going on.
We feed 1/2-2 oz/day to the horses to maintain healthy gut actions.
Also, the enzyme they carry, like I said, help them digest better to the risk of impaction reduces. People feed diff. Kind of probiotics but the stuff this woman carries is a ton more potent and works faster with using 1/3 of the amount.
Also, your horse might have ulcers, which is pretty common in performance horses. The senior feed you are giving him (with the molasses and oats, etc) could be causing pain in his stomach if it were to be ulcers. Kam Animal Services has an ulcer formula, but its, like I said before, is not cheap and I think you could get something cheaper.
Make sure your guys is drinking enough water. We had a horse given to us because she kept colicing over and over. She's on the enzymes, KLPP, and a few other things and we monitered her water intake and she has only had 1 extremely mild case of gas since she's been here.
The Safe Choice is good, we used to feed that to our guys. Although, not that it matters, but we heard the protein in that feed comes from pig hair. Eww! Haha, I don't think it really matters. Just kind of funny. Haha.
I hope that help at all. If you choose to look into those products, I'd be happy to answer any questions. They've done miracles for us so I feel like I should always spread the word.
Good luck!
    03-12-2008, 01:34 PM
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Originally Posted by Leggs Lady
any remedies besides a vet up his butt?
I am wondering why you are adverse to a vet checking him? I do see in your last post that you did have him vet checked but honestly I would've done this right away. Colic isn't something to mess around with. A horse can act like he's fine after a bout of colic but it can be bad without us knowing right away...

My local vet says she's been dealing with a lot of colic lately, possibly due to the extremely cold/dry weather. She told me one thing I can do to prevent colic is to make sure I worm my horses in the fall and heat their water.

How about water? Does he have water available to him at all times?
    03-18-2008, 11:28 PM

Hi there everyone I have a saddlebred in stall now that has been on I Vs for 3 days now, caused from a lack of magnesium in his system . My vet has been here 6 times now on him he was doing fine today so we took him off the I Vs and he was great but tonight has had a relapse and will be going back on the iv in a short while he was impacted as well but there has been no change what so ever in his feed or hay. So now if he pulls out of this he will be on a special laxitive as well as all him hay will be soaked and his feed will be changed to totally rice bran to see if that will help keep this from happening again. He sure has been one sick horse and I have been in barn sitting with him up intill about 2 hours ago since sunday morning and still not sure he will come out of it. The I V s are very expensive also as well as all the pain shots he has had so watch them close but in truth sometimes you still don't know it untill there down but for your horses sake as well as yours call the vet A.S.A.P. Or quicker if you want to save the horse
    03-19-2008, 12:49 AM
With all due respect to anyone who mentioned her not wanting to get the vet out, I believe by the question she meant is there anything she can do to prevent it from happening so she doesnt have to get the vet out. Which I can totally understand considering its not cheap to get them out once much less half a dozen times over a season. Im not saying she shouldnt get a vet out if something is wrong its just I don't think that's what she meant

OP - I am glad to hear you got the vet out though. I knew a horse once who colicked a lot one year and they ended up cutting him back to hay only and then added feed one item at a time to see if they could find the feed that was upsetting him. I never did find out the outcome as I moved towns soon after that but that was what the vet told them to do. I do know though that he is still alive and doing well
    03-19-2008, 01:52 PM
I've never had any of my horses colic (thank goodness) but Nita nearly colic. I noticed that she was uncomfortable so I called the vet out and she had an impaction. The vet said that mixing I cup of oats, 1/4 cup of molasses, and 2 tsp of epson salts will really help with that. I haven't tried it yet. Nita has had no new problems, and it never happened to her before!

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