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post #21 of 27 Old 08-15-2014, 11:53 AM
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If you add the salt to his feed pan, start out with not quite a teaspoon and work up to one Tablespoon, TWICE daily

Also, Seasalt is a little sweeter tasting.

Whatever type of salt you buy, be sure it is not iodized

Desert also has a great idea about checking with the cattle farmers regarding spring grazing issues and adding magnesium ---makes sense

If you do, some of those old timey cattlemen may know more than your vet does

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I CAN'T ride 'em n slide 'em. I HAVE to lead 'em n feed 'em Thnx cowchick77.
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Thanks for the idea, DA! Should I try adding salt to his daily feed if he might not be using the licks as much as he needs? The stools are dry only as the colic ends - that's the pile he has right before the resolution comes. Otherwise, his stools are very normal for a horse.
The dry at the end of the colic is where I'm questioning his water intake. I'm thinking he isn't eating enough salt to make him thirsty even when he's starting to get a stomach ache, so he quits drinking and his stools dry out and he starts to impact and colics. If you add in a possibility of an enterolith that can impinge on his intestine, that can also be a consideration.

If he was mine, I'd look at the pasture to see if the grass is extra long and wiry, that can cause impaction too. So, I'd add 1 oz of loose salt to his feed and dampen his feed so it sticks, and see if you can get him drink more. Another thing is, how cold is the water? I have one mare who will not drink if the water is colder than 55F. So you might need to look at that.
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post #23 of 27 Old 08-18-2014, 04:52 AM Thread Starter
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It seems that the lack of salt might have been an additional culprit, as my boy has showed extreme eagerness for the additional salt I offered and he's now getting sea salt with his feed daily.

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free choice salt lick. I have never heard that iodized salt is bad, in fact i have the opposite.
Have blood draw done for liver function. Is there different types of grass in the pastures? or maybe weeds ?
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Of course, he has not only one, but several free choice salt licks. Apparently, he doesn't get enough salt from them alone and I don't have a way to provide free choice loose salt, so added to his feed it is.

The pastures are what we call "biological" here - different grasses and wild herbs, but nothing poisonous to horses found yet. Although this problem has, so far, reoccurred in different pastures and two different barns, bloodwork might be a good idea, thanks!
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Since the advice I received here he's gone off turmeric, is now on just very basic supplements (seaweed as a vit/min supplement and zeolite for detox) and gets a tablespoon of coarse sea salt in his feed pan daily. The herd has been recently rotated to a new field after escaping in a very lush, grassy area a few nights ago - all with no ill effects on my boy. Interesting, how something as basic as salt can be so very vital to their well being! Thanks, everyone.

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I just had a mare in the vet hospital for a leg injury and when I went to visit her after she'd been there less than 48 hrs, I noticed she looked all sucked up. I asked the student (they have 4th year vet students monitor the in patient horses 24 hrs/day) if she'd been drinking. She said she had but that it was on barely the minimum they look for which is 1 L/hr. I asked if they were feeding salt. She said, "Well, she has a salt block.". So I had them add 1 oz of salt to her ration and by the next day she was no longer looking sucked up and depressed. Instead of 1L/hr, she had drunk 2 5 gal (roughly 20 L) buckets in 10 hrs and had continued with more normal water intake after that. She was in for a week and got her 1 oz/daily and looked very good when I picked her up yesterday. Salt is just so basic we never really think about it.
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