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post #1 of 6 Old 08-20-2012, 02:21 PM Thread Starter
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Do horses get sick easily?

Do horses get sick easily?
How can I prevent colic?
How do I prevent hoof problems?
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Do horses get sick easily?
They're very delicate for their size, and they're born looking for the messiest way to commit suicide.

How can I prevent colic?
There is no way to completely prevent colic.

Make sure your animal has clean, fresh water available at all times, good, nutritious food, hay in good quantity, and decent living conditions. These will go a long way toward helping an animal not prone to colic keep it at bay.

How do I prevent hoof problems?
Some hoof issues are genetic, so you can't prevent all of them.

Don't overfeed your horse especially on new, green grass as that can lead to laminitis and founder.

If your horse needs shoes, get them. Don't listen to people who say that ALL horses can go barefoot, because that's simply not true.
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It's not so much that a horse gets sick easily but they don't have the logic people do to do thugs to avoid getting sick and some of their diseases have limited prevention.

For example, if you're sick you know to cover your mouth when you sneeze and not share drinks with someone if they're sick. Horses don't have that sense. They will walk right up to another horse to say hi - regardless if the other horse is sick. They'll share a water bucket and sniff poop and do all sorts of things that we wouldn't do.

Mosquitos and ticks carry around some diseases that infect horses and there's only so much you can do about that.
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How can I prevent colic?

It is good if you can feed more than 2 times a day. If the horse can have food all the time that is best but a lot of horses will over eat and that is never a good thing.
Also, if you live in a place with a lot of sand then you should get something like Sand Clear to keep sand out of their digestive tract. I had a horse die because of sand colic because I didn't know about Sand Clear and the vets told me that if I had him on it then he might not of coliced. I really wish I knew about it before but I know now and my horse gets it 3 to 4 rounds of Sand Clear a year to keep him clear. I also keep his food out of the sand in a food bin to keep him from eating sand as much as I can.
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Not all horses are delicate. We have all "low maintenance" mares. Out 24x7, pasture/hay, and barefoot. Good feet and simple diet. Have never (knock on wood) had a horse colic.
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Do horses get sick easily?
They're very delicate for their size, and they're born looking for the messiest way to commit suicide.

Oh my ROFL! I just choked on my soda over that one! Thanks for a much needed laugh after a very stressful day.
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