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    02-13-2010, 06:48 AM
Green Broke
Colic prevention

Is there anything you can give to horses to prevent colic?
I am asking because where Buzz lives it is like a desert... there is one paddock that has grass but because its summer now its dead and a desert as well they do have hay
But Buzz had a mild case of colic last year and I just don't want to have to call the vet out heaps because of colic when something could be done to stop it
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    02-13-2010, 01:15 PM
1. Feed up off the sand.
2. Provide plenty of forage--at least 1.5% of his body weight per day. But free choice forage is even better.
3. Make sure he always has access to clean water.
4. Have his teeth checked and floated as needed.
5. Minimize the amount of grain based feeds given.
6. Ensure that he is on an appropriate deworming program for his location, age and personal resistance to parasites.

These are the best ways to minimize the risk of colic.
    02-13-2010, 01:17 PM
Green Broke
^ exactly!
    02-13-2010, 09:28 PM
Green Broke
I can do everything except the first one
I could feed him under a tree but then theres the possiblity that twigs will fall down
    02-13-2010, 10:23 PM
Green Broke
When seasons change, it seems like colic goes up. Summer to Fall, Winter to Spring. Make sure to soak the hay in case the horse gets it in his head he doesn't need to drink as much.
    02-14-2010, 09:50 AM
How about hanging a small mesh hay net (SMHN) on the fence. That will keep the hay out of the sand. Some people also place a low (.3 m high) tub under the hay net to catch the strands of hay, so they are not mixed with the sand.

You can view different SMHN and slow feeding options here:
Slow Feeders - Paddock Paradise Wiki
    02-14-2010, 11:39 AM
Yep, a hay net is one way to do it. You could also purchase a couple of mats and put them down to feed hay on.
    02-14-2010, 12:45 PM
Originally Posted by RedTree    
i can do everything except the first one
I could feed him under a tree but then theres the possiblity that twigs will fall down
You could get one of those big Rubbermaid containers for hay. They work pretty well unless your horse thinks it's fun to play with them.
    02-14-2010, 03:06 PM
You've gotten GREAT advice - I can only add that my Vet has me give my "easy colic" gelding a good Probiotic daily - so far, so good. I do practice what RYLE posted - to the letter!
    02-17-2010, 07:09 AM
Green Broke
Wow thainks I will deffinitly look into all this :)

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