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post #1 of 4 Old 09-11-2009, 01:18 PM Thread Starter
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sand colic

i just hurd about this colic called sand colic has any one else herd about it....
how to test for it you have to take to balls of the poop and put it in a bucket of water and mix it around and let it stand for an hour and then drain the water and if there is more then a teaspoon of sand at the bottom your horse may be prone to sand colic ............ just wanted to see what you all thought about that
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post #2 of 4 Old 09-11-2009, 08:13 PM
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i test my horse twice a year for sand in his gut. it can kill your horse if there is too much. i have a pic in one of my horse books, of an autopsy they did on a horse that died...the amount of sand is crazy...he had a beach in his gut!
you can buy sandclear, however it's the expensive way to go. go to the grocery store and get some Psyllium fiber.

this is a pretty good link on the topic
Horse Care Information - Sand Colic Cause and Prevention

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post #3 of 4 Old 09-12-2009, 12:22 PM
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This is one of the top three causes of colic. We do surgery on several of them a year. It literally sounds like the beach when you listen to their guts. Can't really talk about how effective the tests or "sandclear" is. I know I've never heard a clinician recommend them, but that doesn't mean anything.
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post #4 of 4 Old 09-12-2009, 12:36 PM
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My vet said 9 out of 10 colic calls he gets are due to sand. Every day I see horses at my stable pasture purpously EATING dirt and rocks! (t's important to keep salt/mineral blocks out) It's common and dangerous. I really need to get something in my horses diet to help. My vet told me to get the colic pellets.... he said "it's expensive, but not as expensive as calling ME out." lol
Thanks for the suggestion, M2twisted. I'm going to look into that stuff.
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