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post #11 of 27 Old 01-12-2011, 02:10 PM
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When/why does everyone give it? I was thinking about it at some point (because it's dusty at times here), but we have no sand. And what exactly it does? Just make them poop more?
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post #12 of 27 Old 01-12-2011, 02:13 PM
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It is fiber. It does the same thing fiber does to humans. Gets things moving through you.


I check my horses manure every now and again. I have never found enough dirt/sand content to be feel the need to give anything.
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gbear, I give it once a week. Some people give it once a day for a set number of days, then wait a month before starting over.
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The vet said she saw dirt/sand in our 30 year old's fecal sample.

He's colicked before, so better safe than sorry I guess.

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Yes, I agree.
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post #16 of 27 Old 01-12-2011, 05:21 PM
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I check my horses manure every now and again. I have never found enough dirt/sand content to be feel the need to give anything.
AB, do you just do it yourself or you send it to the vet (like in OP's case)?

Hmmmm.... I guess I'll look up the manure next time I go there. I always just pick without looking.
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Kitten, you can test it yourself.

Take a poo ball and put it water in a clear container. Swirl it around so that it breaks up. Any sand in it will fall to the bottom of the container.

My property is sandy with rocks. Strange combo, considering I live in the piedmont of the Blue Ridge mountains, because most of the soil in the area is red clay.
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Pistol only has a few teeth and they are loose. I give him alfalfa cubes but he drops a lot of feed and then eats it of my sandy soil. That's why I sand clear but as the others have said... There are cheaper alternatives...

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Kitten, you can test it yourself.

Take a poo ball and put it water in a clear container. Swirl it around so that it breaks up. Any sand in it will fall to the bottom of the container.

My property is sandy with rocks. Strange combo, considering I live in the piedmont of the Blue Ridge mountains, because most of the soil in the area is red clay.
Thank you, SR! Will try it this weekend!
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AB, do you just do it yourself or you send it to the vet (like in OP's case)?

Hmmmm.... I guess I'll look up the manure next time I go there. I always just pick without looking.
What SR said.

My vet had an article about it in their newsletter thing a few years back. Next time they were out they showed me how to do it.

She used one of those long gloves they use for rectal exams. Put a manure ball in added water, agitated until it was all dissolved. Then tied a knot in it and hung it on the stall wall until we were done with shots. By then everything had settled into the fingers so it was easy to see fiber bits vs dirt/sand.
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