Unfortunately, I lost my very first horse, a 26yr old Arabian gelding, to colic this past summer. He wasn't a surgical candidate due to finances and his age, so we don't know for sure what caused it, but as he stopped pooping all together, my vet was treating him for impaction with mineral oil and water by stomach tube and banamine to control the pain. Anyway, he never recovered and we had him put to sleep after trying to save him for a week (there were a few days that he seemed like he was getting better before he got worse again).
My question is this. My vet suggested I give my older horses psyllium twice a week as a preventative for impaction colic. I think it sounds like a good idea, so I am doing it. The horses also have a tank de-icer in the winter, and warm mashes once a day when the weather is cold (sometimes wheat bran, sometimes alfalfa pellets or cubes soaked). I buy the best quality hay I can find and am very anal about what hay I feed!
I wasn't sure what a good psyllium dose would be, so I am using what the container suggests for sand, about 4 ounces a dose, but instead of the sand colic regime, I am just giving it twice a week with their feed, every week.
Does anyone else do this or have heard of doing this? Do you think it will help prevent impactions?
My Arab was treated so long for impaction and never pooped, so I have a feeling it could have been more than a simple impaction, like a twisted gut or something. But I want to do all I can to prevent loosing another horse that way. It was one of the worst experiences of my life.
My current horses are ages 16, 17 and 30, and I am giving them all the twice a week dose of psyllium. Any thoughts on psyllium or other colic preventatives?
By the way, the vet believes sand was not the issue because we have clay soil which he says will go right through them. I have no reason to believe my Arabian was eating any quantity of it either. So I dunno, I guess I just want to feel like I am doing something to prevent another tragedy if I can.