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post #21 of 33 Old 08-19-2009, 08:36 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by Ryle View Post
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.
Im just telling you guys what the Equine Surgeon told us to do Bran mash and a gallon of mineral oil once every month, they also told us that metimucil works but however much you put in your horse ( such as a tablespoon) only a tablespoon will come out. Thats doctors orders

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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?
feed stores usually have those types of products. I've read articles against feeding straight psyllium (people have blamed it on deaths of their horses). I use Sandclear which has psyllium in it and I honest to gosh believe it helps.

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Wow, thank you for posting those pictures, very interesting. Thank goodness she's going to be ok. What a procedure!


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they removed 25 lbs! we found that out yesterday!

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OMG I can't believe that I might have to do that one day . . . :) I wanna be a vet . . . I'm so glad she's doing better, I've never heard of a horse getting sand colic (I mean, I know that they can get it, but I haven't heard a story about a perticular horse getting it)
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post #26 of 33 Old 08-21-2009, 11:50 PM
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Yea I have been told by our Vets to use bran mash. How do they want to administer the mineral oil? I always thought you weren't suppose to give the stuff orally for the risk of aspiration of it into the lungs, because it is so "thin" and thats why they do the nasogastric tube

Just wondering has anyone heard of flax seed helping get sand out? I heard this once not sure its true.

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Wow great pics and thanks for sharing. I'm sorry you had to go through that though and I hope she's 100% soon

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Metamucil is a psyllium husk product. You can look up psyllium husk and find dozens of products. I believe sand clear is one of them. I get mine bulk at our local grain elevator. Yes, psyllium can cause them problems, but only when they don't have free access to LOTS of water when you give it to them. Once a month we give our horses a cup a head, for 5 days. You can check and see if it's working by taking a few clumps of manure and putting it in a bucket of water. after the manure is dissolved, and removed, you will see sand in the bottom of the bucket.
Sand colic is a big problem around here where it's all sand dunes & clay.

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Qtswede -- thanks for that info.
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I am so glad that she is okay. It must have been pretty scary going through all of that.

On a side note, we just got my niece a black QH/welsh cross whose name is Junebug. How weird.
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