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post #1 of 6 Old 11-29-2010, 08:55 PM Thread Starter
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Salt added to feed.

My horse typically colics every year around this time of year when the weather starts to get cold, usually because he doesn't drink enough. This year was no exception. It was a pretty minor colic. I caught it early and it was no big deal. My new barn manager wants me to add salt to his grain every day so that he would be thirsty from his salty grain and drink a lot of water right after he ate. It sounds logical I guess. But I have heard a lot of BS from this guy before so I wanted some second opinions.

Has anyone heard of or tried this before?

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post #2 of 6 Old 11-30-2010, 01:38 AM
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my guy just tried to colic on saturday. i had to hand walk him for about 3 - 4 hours. he was miserable and uncomfortable. i wasn't aware it could be something caused by weather change! Do you have a salt lick? what about a supplement? like SmartLytes from smartpak. my barn mate swears by the stuff.
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post #3 of 6 Old 11-30-2010, 01:57 AM
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We do this on endurence rides to keep our horses hydrated. Most people just put it in their food, I like to dip apples in salt and feed it do them.
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post #4 of 6 Old 11-30-2010, 07:14 AM Thread Starter
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I do have a salt lick for him. I know that adding the salt can indeed make him drink, but I don't want to over salt him by doing that every day. I suppose I would only need to do it in the winter. I know when people get to much salt it can cause heart problems. Is that the same for horses? I don't want to cause problems down the road by trying to trick him into drinking.

He tends to drink a lot after rides, could I lunge him for 15 minutes on days I don't ride to encourage him to drink?

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I would also look at tremoving the sugars and starches from his diet or ask if his "grain" has been increased for the winter.

I don't add salt to every feeding but I will put a busted salt block in the feeder for them to move around while eating .. I don't like force feeding salt.

I add water to every feed though

I have been called the NSC Nazi more then once ... I hate traditional feed methods of loading our horses up on grains and junk food :)
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post #6 of 6 Old 12-11-2010, 12:45 AM
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The Horse Journal guide to supplements recommends at least 1 oz daily of plain old salt in their feed, which I follow. My horse has colicked from dehydration before, and he now gets the salt, plus an electrolyte (I like SmartLytes from SmartPak because it has no added sugar or fillers) when he works hard or the weather changes suddenly, and a supplement called TractGard that pulls water into the GI tract. He has not colicked since I began this regimen. The HJ book also says that you can up the salt to 3 or 4 oz a day if needed, with no problems.
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