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post #1 of 17 Old 11-12-2011, 05:53 PM Thread Starter
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Preventing Colic

Hi, does anyone give their horses anything to help prevent colic? Thank you.
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post #2 of 17 Old 11-12-2011, 05:56 PM
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One thing that seems to work for me and makes sense is feeding a horse a close as possible to how they were made to eat, which is, almost always having a little bit of something in their stomach. Mine get pretty much 24/7 grass hay. I used to have a gelding who would develop gas colic if he wasn't fed in this manner. He would get so anxious and hungry when only getting 2 meals a day and would bolt down his food...... I also try not to feed them off the ground, but put hay in a large manger and regularly dump any dirt that collects in them.

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post #3 of 17 Old 11-12-2011, 06:30 PM
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I know it's not practical for everyone but the more a horse is turned out the better the motility in its' gut. There are other causes of colic of course but I believe in this to prevent impactions, provided the horse has adequate nutrition and hydration.
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Colic is not something that is predictable nor preventable....it's just something that we horse owners have to accept the possibility of, and do our best to lessen the chances of it happening...and do alot of praying.

Things like, do not overfeed grain and make any changes to their feeding regimen slowly, always have fresh water available, always have salt licks available, etc. But when all is said and done, despite the owner doing everything right...colic can still happen.

It cannot be prevented .... not with any degree of certainty
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Does having a horse on sandy soil cause colic?
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post #6 of 17 Old 11-13-2011, 09:54 AM
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If they are ingesting large amounts of sand there is a possibility of sand colic. Using a product like Sand Clear (Horse Sand Colic Supplements - Horse Supplements from SmartPak Equine) once a month can help keep their gut clear if your horse is at risk.

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My gelding used to colic four or five times a year. Since I put him on pasture 24/7 he has vastly improved. He still colics occasionally, but it's not something I expect on a yearly basis.

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Does having a horse on sandy soil cause colic?

It can.


you may want to try using some of the products that are available to help with clearing the sand out of the digestive tract.
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Colic is not something that is predictable nor preventable....it's just something that we horse owners have to accept the possibility of, and do our best to lessen the chances of it happening...and do alot of praying.

Things like, do not overfeed grain and make any changes to their feeding regimen slowly, always have fresh water available, always have salt licks available, etc. But when all is said and done, despite the owner doing everything right...colic can still happen.

It cannot be prevented .... not with any degree of certainty
Yes and No. As the owner, it is our responsibility to ensure that we are doing the absolute best for our horses, keeping them as close to their natural behaviours as possible.

What I mean is, horses are designed to have roughage in their digestive systems 24/7. That is who they are. They are meant to be consistant grazers, go out to the wild, you'll see them eating, eating, eating and eating, because that is what their bodies require. It is ingrained in them.

It is our responsibility to ensure that the obtain this as much as we possibly can. Meaning, ensuring that they have as much roughage in their systems as possible. 24/7 pasture, if they don't have access to pasture, 24/7 round bales, if that is not possible, ensuring that you are throwing as much hay out to them on a regular and consistant time frame, so that their stomaches are not empty at any given time in that 24 hour time frame.

It is when our horses digestive systems are allowed to remain empty for long periods of time aka in a stall over night. You can throw them hay before you leave the barn for the day, but they'll eat that up within a 4 hour period...which will leave them without for 5 or more hours, until you or the barn help arrive the next morning, to throw them more.

Due to how they are designed, their stomachs constantly secrete gastric acid, whether they're eating or not. With the constant secretion of gastric acid and no saliva to buffer it, an empty stomach is at high risk for gastric ulcers. This painful condition can affect your horse's appetite and digestive function, leading to weight loss, and unthrifty appearance, decreased performance, a poor attitude and even colic.

The equine hindgut was designed for continuous fermentation throughout the day. Fasting and then feasting can cause digestive upset, disrupting the delicate balance in the large intestine, which can result in a number of problems, including painful build-up of excess gas, which then results in gas colic.

After all is said and done, there are horses who are still prone to colic, which is when you want to dig in deeper to find out what is causing the issue. Ulcers, stress, imbalance in their digestive tracts, introducing digestive aid supplements, etc, etc.
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post #10 of 17 Old 11-13-2011, 01:32 PM
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He can get twisted gut colic if you exersize him to close before or after giving him grain.


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