Originally Posted by LyraFreedom
Hi, we have had two cases of sand colic in the past two week and I have noticed a couple of our other horses eating sand. Our horses lived thankfully and we leaned allot but does anyone know of any tricks or tips on how to prevent this happening again? We got some sand clear for the horses but the entire ten pound bucket only lasted a week on two horses while fallowing the directions and it was very pricey, so with 11 horses at our stable this will not work for every horse. We are also putting allot of corn oil in the horses oats which we were told helps allot. We are trying to stop the horses from eating sand by making sure they are getting enough salt (All the horses have there own salt block). Would mineral blocks be a good investment?
Well any advice is very welcomed.
Our three month old mini baby horse Latte almost died from sand colic a couple weeks ago so we are on our toes about this.
As ridiculously obvious at it sounds...." oz. Of prevention is worth a lb of cure"
As with many things that's not always as easy at it sounds.
I've been lucky and have never had to deal with sand colic with any of my horses (although I think impaction is worse). Have had some other folks horses that were less fortunate. The best advice I can give is what a vet gave since it apparently worked. Give the horse psyllium (?spelling?....it's something like that
). If I remember this correctly it goes in dry, gets wet in the digestive tract and collects bits of sand on it's way out. This may be what you used since it did take a couple of weeks with a double daily dose to clear up the colic. Since the horses were pastured in an area that's somewhat over grazed with a fair bit of dirt the recommendation was to give them a normal dose for about one week out of ever 4 or 5 (basically 12 weeks a year).