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    06-19-2011, 08:54 AM
  #11
Yearling
The most important thing to make certain of is that your horse drinks a lot of water and has lots of hay forage. I know those points have already been covered, but they are oh so important.

Here at home we feed hay 24/7 on the ground by way of square bales which are actually rectangular. Since we only have one horse now she gets a half bale morning and evening plus a token amount of grain. Since she is 24 and retired that is all she needs. Trust me I am "knocking on wood" here, but we've had up to 6 horses here at one time and never had a case of colic.

Back when we were traveling with horses on trail riding camping trips, which we did 4-5 times of each year we used the nylon rope haynets and had great success with them.
     
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    06-20-2011, 09:10 PM
  #12
Foal
Thanks! My horse drinks LOTS of water, like at least both of his buckets during the day. I really want him to be able to have more hay, I feel like he still isn't getting enough. What exactly is a nylon rope haynet?
     
    06-21-2011, 12:54 PM
  #13
Foal
Other than roughage you can also feed equine chia seeds which have a bonus for really helping everything in a horse. Helps weight management helps hooves helps prevent colic etc. I have seen amazing improvement in my horses hooves and coat in just 3 weeks on it and don't think I will ever go back. They get a balanced diet of course and plenty of roughage. I'm lucky though. A lot of horses have been colicing near our place but so far I have not had a horse colic in three years fingers crossed it stays that way as my first horse had to be put to sleep because of severe colic but the vet put it down to his age (21) and that he had an internal blockage and possibly cancer in there somewhere. He lasted 3 days on painkillers every four hours. The only time I saw him perky was when he was on them. After sleeping outside in the winter with him I figured it was best to lay him to rest. I had the option for surgery but the vet didn't think he would make it up to Perth (4hr drive away) let alone make it through surgery. I would highly recommend chia seeds.
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    06-21-2011, 03:55 PM
  #14
Weanling
If you do get a nylon rope haynet, try to get the ones with the smaller holes. That will stretch the hay and help them have always a little bit of forage in the stomach. I can't remember where I bought them, but if you google 'small hole haynet for sale' I bet you will find some.

We have loose soil here so I use Equus psyllium pellets for one week once a month to keep their tracts clear of sand and prevent sand colic. Sand Clear is a similar product, but mine like the Equus because it smells/taste like Anise. But if you use it one week a month, be sure to mix it with a little grain or something or it can get 'sticky' in their mouth if you don't. My husband always says "time for horsey colon cleanse!" which is kinda true. You could find something like that depending on the soil you have.

Probiotics are great, too, and plenty of hay and fresh water!
     
    06-21-2011, 07:57 PM
  #15
Foal
The chia seeds actually take out the need to use phsyllium husks at all and work way better than phsyllium husks. You feed it every night in feeds which is good to feed everynight to give horses minerals and such. All mine recieve roughage chaffs (with free access to hay all day) mixed with speedibeet garlic apple cider vinegar gelatine seaweed meal topstock mineral mix (which is a loose mix so no molasses to sweeten blood and attract ticks and Mosquitos etc) and each horse has it's own variations of pelleted feeds too ie lupins Pegasus liberty nutririce barley studmaster TDI competition conditioner or rice bran each individually made to each horses needs. The qhs don't get fatteners but the bubs get studmaster and barley and rice bran (palomino) and the tb's have to get more fatteners. Google equine chia seeds has so much more benefits and like I said if you feed those you do not have to feed phsyllium husks at all.
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    06-21-2011, 08:11 PM
  #16
Weanling
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Originally Posted by StormvaleQHStud    
The chia seeds actually take out the need to use phsyllium husks at all and work way better than phsyllium husks. You feed it every night in feeds which is good to feed everynight to give horses minerals and such. All mine recieve roughage chaffs (with free access to hay all day) mixed with speedibeet garlic apple cider vinegar gelatine seaweed meal topstock mineral mix (which is a loose mix so no molasses to sweeten blood and attract ticks and Mosquitos etc) and each horse has it's own variations of pelleted feeds too ie lupins Pegasus liberty nutririce barley studmaster TDI competition conditioner or rice bran each individually made to each horses needs. The qhs don't get fatteners but the bubs get studmaster and barley and rice bran (palomino) and the tb's have to get more fatteners. Google equine chia seeds has so much more benefits and like I said if you feed those you do not have to feed phsyllium husks at all.
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Are equine chia seeds different than people chia seeds? I use chia seeds to make a gelatin which is totally tasteless and you can mix it into yogurt and it doesn't change the taste at all but adds a TON of fiber and also makes you eat less. I have just regular chia seeds for people (also good for baking and smoothies/shakes). How much do you feed of the seeds? Do you grind them or leave them whole?
     
    06-21-2011, 08:16 PM
  #17
Foal
I'm pretty sure they are the same. You leave them whole and I feed a scoop or half a scoop per horse (it comes with a scoop) I will go out and measure my scoop in a metric measurement and tell you what my scoop equals in cups for you Im going for a bday ride soon anyhow lol give me 15 mins lol And yes so much extra fibre among other benefits!!!
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    06-21-2011, 08:43 PM
  #18
Foal
Ok. Half a scoop equals 1/8th cup a whole scoop equals 1/4 cup on the bucket it says to feed 1 scoop per horse daily for horses on pasture and 2scoops a day per horse for horses on hay (dry or stalled) dry or moist application. ( I wet down my feeds all year but use hot water in winter so their dinner can help keep them warmer by not freezing their tongue off. This is what it says on the bucket of it helping:

Chia naturally provides: healthier skin and coat, promotes strong hoof growth, helps provide a calming effect, reduces symptoms of arthritis, reduces immflamatory issues, aids with laminitis, allergies, a healthy immune system, growth and development and increased energy. Helps prevent sand colic and can ELIMINATE the need for sand clearing phsyllium products. 1 scoop of chia provides: 187 calories, 11.7g protein, 11.9g omega 3, 3.5g omega 6,18.6g fat (1.8th saturated),23.4g fibre (3g soluble & 20.4g insoluble), 23.8 gm carbohydrates,1.2 mg sodium,397mg potassium,405mg calcium,605mg phosphorus,9.3 mg iron,221mg magnesium, 2.1mg zinc.

That's just on the container. It can also help with putting weight on etc too. Hope that helps.
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    06-21-2011, 09:21 PM
  #19
Weanling
I will use them on my hard keeper and give it a try. My ez keeper I think I will just try to replace the 1 week per month application as she doesn't need anything that will add weight! But it will be good for my hard keeper as he needs some coat work, too! Thank you for the information!
     
    06-21-2011, 11:19 PM
  #20
Foal
I don't think it has a huge amount of wright builder but it would prob be a weight management thing. I feed my quarter horses half a scoop eery nigh and they are not over or underweight. My 3 tb's get it also. No worries.
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