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post #1 of 3 Old 01-31-2011, 10:30 PM Thread Starter
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Horses colic at my barn the last few weeks

Hi, I was wondering if some of you could share some information on what causes a horse to colic. Two horses at my barn have had colic in the past two weeks. They are some of the horses that are fed a supplement of beet pulp. Could this be a cause?

I have never had a horse colic. And I've only fed hay (timothy/alfalfa mix) along with some oats once in a awhile and other goodies like apples, carrots, etc.

Getting a little concerned that this is happening.
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post #2 of 3 Old 02-01-2011, 12:23 AM
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There are so many potential causes for colic, there would be no way to say for sure what might have caused it. It could have been something they were fed, or how they were fed, or if they are under any kind of stress, etc. Some horses are just prone to colic and will occasionally colic regardless of what they are fed or what precautions are taken.

It is my belief that feeding a lot of grains can cause a more frequent occurrence of colic but some horses still colic on a diet of nothing but hay. There are also horses that are fed mostly grains and never colic.

I wouldn't worry too much about it since there is no way to know for sure. Colic isn't exactly a rare occurrence in horses so the 2 cases may be completely unrelated.
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post #3 of 3 Old 02-01-2011, 01:28 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks smrobs. Apparently there is some blame going on that the BO didn't soak the beet pulp correctly. And the other horse owner said the BO overfed her horse. I personally have never had an experience dealing with colic so was a little concerned what was going on.
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