Preventing sand colic?
My horse Sox is 14, Ive had him for 7 years and he has never colicked. Three days ago I got to the place I was keeping him and his buddy, and he was laying down. I was worried but he got up immediately when I got into the paddock and he came up to me for scratches, so I thought maybe he was just sunbathing. Went to put out hay, and he didn't touch it. He is a total piggy normally, so this got me really worried. Pinched the skin on his neck and noticed he was pretty dehydrated. I watched him for a little bit as he wasn't showing a lot of colicky symptoms but was definitely off, so finally called the vet when he tried to lay down again. Had her come out as I don't have a trailer currently, his heart rate was up a bit and she didn't hear as much noise from his tummy as she wouldve liked. She gave him a shot of banamine and tubed him with mineral oil, water, and electrolytes and left me with an extra dose of banamine just in case and instructions to give very little feed that night and the next morning.
Next time I got to him he was down again and didn't want to eat so I gave her a call and she said to give banamine again later at night, I asked about moving him to the new place as he would be able to be watched by a horse person there and she said the trailer ride was likely to do him some good. So we loaded him and his pal up and brought them to
the new barn (muuuch better conditions) and he was given bute (powder) and put in a stall for easy observation. He has been looking much better since being moved but we do live in a bit of a sandy area that he is not used to, and the moral of my novel is that I'd like some tips for prevention as I believe this is the main cause of the colic.
I have been recommended bran, adding it to his feed - feedback on this? I don't know as much about horse nutrition as I'd like.
The other thing that has been recommended is a supplement.. It started with a 'p' but I can't remember now. I'll try to find it and post here..
Anyway, tips/feedback anyone?
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