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    08-18-2009, 03:18 PM
She is getting better
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    08-18-2009, 03:20 PM
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I'm glad she'll make it. I have to use sandclear once a month. He drops his grain and then eats it off the ground, which is really sandy. I still have issues every so often and have to have a vet out. Good luck to her!
    08-18-2009, 04:09 PM
Metamucil is one of the best, cheapest preventitive treatments to sand colic! Hope you horse has a speedy recovery!
    08-18-2009, 04:25 PM
I'm so glad she came out of if it on a good note! Its always nice to hear the happy ending stories!
    08-18-2009, 05:06 PM
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Originally Posted by FehrGroundRanch    
Metamucil is one of the best, cheapest preventitive treatments to sand colic! Hope you horse has a speedy recovery!
How much? How often?
    08-18-2009, 08:45 PM
Glad to hear your horse is doing better!!

I've always wondered... how do they get the horse on the operating table???
    08-18-2009, 08:51 PM
We use psyllium husks to clean 'em out.
    08-19-2009, 01:57 PM
Originally Posted by Hali    
Glad to hear your horse is doing better!!

I've always wondered... how do they get the horse on the operating table???
They use some crane thing that hoists them onto it when they are asleep,i asked the same question.
    08-19-2009, 05:32 PM
What kind of oil did the vet recommend? If it's not mineral oil it won't do you any good because vegetable oils (and any other digestible oil) will be broken down by the body long before it can do any good for sand. And bran isn't really any better. The recommendation for feeding oats makes no sense at all as it isn't going to move sand through the gut and increasing the amount of grains in the diet increases the risk of colic.

"Other causes of colic--such as sand ingestion--are often related to restricted access to hay. Restriction of fiber and/or boredom that induces a horse to nibble at scraps of hay and dirt increase risk of accumulation of sand in the bowel. The best prevention for sand colic is to feed ample hay, and when possible, use feeders (like large tractor tires) to confine the hay and keep it from being strewn across the ground. Many commercial feeders do not accomplish this end, so sand ingestion might not be prevented entirely--it is recommended to feed psyllium for a week each month to move through any sand that has collected. "--

The Horse | The Sands of Time article on sand colic

The Horse | Feeding Horses: Art, Science, or Both? article with a discussion on bran as a laxative

Studies have shown that your best bet for moving sand through the gut is adequate forage or the use of psyllium.
    08-19-2009, 09:12 PM
Thanks, Ryle for that info.

Where do people get their psyllium from? I've never heard of it.

FGR -- what about this metamucil thing? How much, how often?

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