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    04-20-2010, 04:05 PM
  #1
Foal
Diet for horse that colics

Ok, so we have this 17 year old mare at my barn that colics whenever the barometer changes. She was at a healthy weight but the vet said she had to be taken off her senior feed and is now just on oats which isnt doing anything for her weight wise. So she now isnt colicing and is just on oats and lke 6 flakes of hay a day. Anyone know anything that we could give her that would help her gain weight that wouldnt make her colic? Again. We THINK she's 17. Honestly, i'd say she's alot older than that but im worried about her. She jusy mopes around and looks so sad....
     
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    04-20-2010, 04:30 PM
  #2
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I like the triple crown senior, my older horse (he's 26) is prone to colic and he does ok with it. If it gets really cold outside I will give him luke warm water to drink. He also takes in a lot of dirt when he eats outside so I give him sand clear once per month which seems to help. I will also give him hay cubes (water down) because he can't eat hay anymore....
     
    04-20-2010, 04:38 PM
  #3
Foal
Hm, well we don't have any feed stores near here that sell triple crown. We've got nutrena, seminole, purina, manna pro, and buckeye.
     
    04-20-2010, 04:41 PM
  #4
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I don't know if this will help. I think any senior feed would be ok, this one really seems to work for my guy though and he's got a very picky tummy...
     
    04-20-2010, 05:15 PM
  #5
Foal
She was already on purina senior...and she was colicing...so the vet said to take her off the senior and put her on oats...so no, any senior feed won't due....
     
    04-20-2010, 08:41 PM
  #6
Trained
My posts copied from a previous similar topic:

I personally have never had a colic prone horse – maybe I am unintentionally managing colic through diet!

Is your horse on 24/7 turnout? Or is he stalled? For a colic prone horse, the best thing you can do is give him 24/7 turnout, ON GRASS. A horses gut was made to be continually digesting grass – In small amounts throughout the day, not in big feeds. For a colic prone horse, a big feed can overload the gut and cause impaction. If it isn’t possible to get him on 24/7 or increased turnout with grass, you need to keep hay in front of him at all times. Just a grass hay, so a mix of different pasture grasses – But he needs to be munching on hay nearly constantly, or as often as he likes. This will help keep his gut regular, and also helps maintain the correct levels of bacteria and microbes in the gut. It also avoids the spike in energy and sugars that occur after a bulk feed.

If he is known to drink less in winter, you can use soakable feeds like speedi-beet or copra to make him a nice, warm soup :] Speedi-beet soaks super fast in warm water – The type I use only takes about 5 minutes in warm water. You can add as much water as you like, so he will get a good amount of water through his feed.

Also, make sure he has constant access to salt – Loose salt is best, but a salt block is fine. The salt will encourage him to drink more, and will help with general health. All my horses have a salt block and a mineral block available 24/7.


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Are there any alternative feeds I should consider? What about supplements? Are there any other oils that have helped for people? What about some of the daily supplements, like SmartDigest Ultra?


If you think he is having trouble digesting his feed, then maybe consider switching to a no-grain and no sweet feed diet. (I don’t know what is in safechoice, I don’t think we have it where I live, so if you have already then ignore this :]) Horses guts weren’t made to digest grain or the high levels of sugar and NSC’s present in sweet feed and grain. Grain and sweet feed can ferment in the hindgut, creating harmful gasses that can cause tying up and colic. Alternate feeds are things like Speedi-Beet (this is fantastic. It is suitable as a forage supplement – So great for the sensitive gut of a colic prone horse – Low in NSC’s and Starch, and soakable so you can get more water into him) Copra – A coconut meal that is low in NSC’s but high in Coconut oil, which means safe and cool energy and fat – Micronized Lupins – Again low in NSC’s and a good grain alternative – Flax seed meal – Rice Bran – And so on and so forth.

I also haven’t used any supplements – My horses just have a salt lick and a mineral block available free choice. Others will help you with that I’m sure :]

I think the MAIN thing is as much turnout with grass as you can manage. My horses are on 24/7 turnout, and I have only had 1 case of colic in 9 years and many horses – And it was because he drank too much cold water after a long ride.


And:

* Forgot a few things - Copra is soakable also so is another good feed option for a horse who doesn't drink much.

Also, I will put in a plug for FeedXL - You can completely balance your horses diet to make sure he isn't deficient or being overly supplemented with anything. I did all my horses diets with FeedXL - And they now have completely balanced diets consisting of salt lick and mineral lick, hay, Speedi-Beet and Copra.


If you want to read the other posts in the thread, go here: Colic Prevention Through Diet?
     
    04-20-2010, 09:04 PM
  #7
Yearling
Why did the vet say to take her off of the senior feed? Oats are far from what you should be feeding a colicy horse---increase in grains in the diet actually increase the risk of colic. And in a senior horse grains really aren't the best choice of feed because their digestive tract becomes less efficient and grains are hard to digest and because they are high in carbs and senior horses are more likely to have metabolic issues.
     
    04-20-2010, 10:06 PM
  #8
Foal
Ok, I don't think you guys are understanding what im asking. The horse is on turnout for about 9 hours a day and has plenty of hay and grass to eat. She's hsant coliced since they took her OFF the senior feed and put her on oats...i don't know why the vet said to do this but whatever it is, its working...the things that worries me now and the question im asking is that she's losing weight now..what can I give her that will put more weight on her that shouldnt make her colic?....corn oil? Beet pulp? Rice bran?
     
    04-20-2010, 10:18 PM
  #9
Yearling
My horse has had one colic (dehydration) and stomach ulcers, so I consider him to be a sensitive guy. The vet told me to feed Psyllium every day (half a cup for me, but he's a good sized horse) and it keeps his gut clear. I have seen that his poop is larger than it used to be and he is showing no signs of digestion discomfort, meaning that the psyllium is working to pull the gunk out of his intestines. Beet pulp and rice bran are good feeds to gain weight without the grain.
     
    04-20-2010, 10:27 PM
  #10
Trained
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the things that worries me now and the question im asking is that she's losing weight now..what can I give her that will put more weight on her that shouldnt make her colic?....corn oil? Beet pulp? Rice bran?
Did you even read my post?

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Alternate feeds are things like Speedi-Beet (this is fantastic. It is suitable as a forage supplement – So great for the sensitive gut of a colic prone horse – Low in NSC’s and Starch, and soakable so you can get more water into him) Copra – A coconut meal that is low in NSC’s but high in Coconut oil, which means safe and cool energy and fatMicronized Lupins – Again low in NSC’s and a good grain alternative – Flax seed mealRice Bran – And so on and so forth.
     

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