Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
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I would contact Smartpak, they can really guide you and advise you. When my TB gelding ended up with a horrible case of colic in his ceacum *sp* where it was pretty darn tootin' close to the D word colic.
If he hadn't of laid down in his stall after hours apon hours of trying to relieve him, he wouldn't be with us today. Due to he collapsing in his stall due to exhaustion, his body pressure pushed all that gas out, which saved his patootie.
After that happened, my vet highly encouraged me to get him on a supplement, and that supplement was SmartDigest Ultra - which you can get in pellets *my TB is a very, very picky eater* and also SmartGut Pellets, then weeded him off of that and then onto TractGuard.
What caused the Colic, were ulcers due to lack of feed in his stomache and stress due to worrying about when he was going to be fed. When he was scoped, the vet found ulcers not only in his stomache, but in his GI tract.
I would have a serious look at her feeding program, and how much roughage she has in her stomache throughout the day. Horses must have continuous access to roughage, because that is how they designed...their systems require it in order to run and maintain at a healthy stage. The less, means more trouble you're going to encounter. I would have her scoped, to find out whether ulcers are the root problem to her colic as well.
When my boy coliced, we were at a barn where he was not being fed accordingly, which led to the ulcers, which led to the colic. We are now at a facility where he is out 24/7, out in a pasture/paddock, with round bales where he has consistant and continuous access to roughage, and also being fed 3x a day - I've been able to weed him off of the supplements all together, since he now has constant and continuous access to roughage, which allows his system to run as it was meant to. No more ulcers, massive weight gain *he went from a 48" girth to a 54" girth* and I have a healthy, happy horse.
Last edited by MIEventer; 09-24-2011 at 02:56 AM.