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    06-25-2007, 07:28 AM
  #1
Showing
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It's pretty dusty around my pasture and not too much grass (was too hot - no rain for while). So I assume horses pick up lots of dust/sand when grazing. Wouldn't that be dangerous for them (possibility of colics etc)? Any ways to clean them out?
     
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    06-25-2007, 04:35 PM
  #2
Foal
Sand colic can be fatal! Big time!

There is a product called sand clear, it is Psyllium Husk, and You give one scoop once a week. It doesn't work in S. Cal sand, or Austraila sand though. (Turns into green glue :( )

I prefer 1/2 cup BOSS (Black Oil Sunflower Seeds) per day. That usually is all that is needed, however, just to be safe, you could also give 1/2 to 1 cup of rice bran once a week. Or, better yet every day to every other day. Both BOSS and rice bran are high in omega fatty acids and they will bond with the sand and push it on through. Very natural. Cheap too . The horses love it. Gives them nice shinny coats, mane and tails, and strong hooves.

The sand will build up in the hind gut and cause impaction. Nothing can go through, so they have lots of pain, and finally die. We have nothing but sand, and Christy likes to eat it , so she gets 1/2 cup BOSS, and 1 cup rice bran every day. She has no sign of colic, or sand in her gut.

If you want to check for sand. Get a stethascope, put in over the belly (divide the belly into 4 sections) place stethascope over the rear quarter (do both sides). Wait until horse takes a deep breath then lets it out, and thump gently with a finger. If it sounds like a watermellon - Yipee! No sand. If it sounds like sand or gravel then there is sand in there!
     
    06-25-2007, 05:15 PM
  #3
Yearling
Certainly worth your time and a fantastic read:
http://www.horseproblems.com.au/sand_colic_by.htm
     
    06-26-2007, 07:59 AM
  #4
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Originally Posted by DesertGal
I prefer 1/2 cup BOSS (Black Oil Sunflower Seeds) per day.
Thanks a lot, DesertGirl!

Just wondering, how does she eat BOSS? Just like us eating nuts? Did you train her for that? Actually I tried rice bran yesterday and they just spit out EVERYTHING on ground (whether I gave grain or didn't - didn't make any difference). You should of see how mad they both were. Lol! I going to keep trying, just not sure who going to win... :)
     
    06-26-2007, 08:10 AM
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Originally Posted by kristy
Certainly worth your time and a fantastic read:
http://www.horseproblems.com.au/sand_colic_by.htm
Thanks, Kristy! That's an interesting one...
     
    06-28-2007, 07:37 PM
  #6
Foal
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I tried rice bran yesterday and they just spit out EVERYTHING on ground
LOL!

Christy loves her BOSS, and her rice bran. I thought she was going to take the feed bucket out of my hands the first time I gave it to her. She eats the BOSS just like the other feed. Crunches it up.

Did you mix the rice bran with water? Try making it into a paste if you didn't. Might help? I mix Christy's BOSS, rice bran, probios, and Purina Ultium all together into a wet paste. She loves it. Then again, she loves most food.

Good luck!
     
    07-09-2007, 08:41 AM
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Originally Posted by DesertGal
Did you mix the rice bran with water? Try making it into a paste if you didn't. Might help? I mix Christy's BOSS, rice bran, probios, and Purina Ultium all together into a wet paste. She loves it. Then again, she loves most food. :? :D

Good luck!
He-he. I tried everything: mixed with water, mixed with water and grain, mixed with grain. I guess, they are smart enough. The younger one tried to get grain out of this mesh (whether it's dry or wet), but the older one didn't even try. She was just simply mad. So I ended up donating the huge bag of bran to horse rescue (they have skinny horses out there). Lol!
     

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