February 19, 2016 at 9:57 pm
I have an 18 year old Arabian mare, and she colics when the weather is under 20°F. well I live in South Carolina where the weather is VERY unpredictable, I usually keep her outside but when the weather is that cold she comes inside, I guess what I’m asking is does anyone have any suggestions or is this happening to your horse?February 25, 2016 at 8:21 am
You don’t mention if the mare is blanketed when the temperature drops. T/O sheets can be useful when it is not really cold enough for a T/O blanket, and since T/O sheets, by definition, have no fiberfill, there is less danger of the horse overheating. But T/O sheets will keep the horse dry should it rain or snow unexpectedly and provide protection from the wind.February 25, 2016 at 8:27 am
she is always blanketed when it’s under 40 with a medium blanket, when under 30 heavy and under 20 inside the barn with a medium weight blanket.February 29, 2016 at 9:18 am
Does she have a heated water pail that can be used when the temperatures drop? I am assuming that she typically only colics when the temperature drops, so the cause of the colic logically has to be related to the colder temperatures, unless she also colics when the temperature abruptly gets warmer. Some older horses can be sensitive to drinking very cold water. Heated water pails are not exactly cheap, and keeping cords protected can be a nuisance, but it might be worth a try.
Is she in a boarding situation or at home with you?February 29, 2016 at 9:20 am
I should have added that the problem could also be that she is colicing because she is not drinking enough water when the water is really cold.
Other than that, they only solution I can think of is to “winterize” her stall so that you can add heat to her stall.February 29, 2016 at 10:18 am
I’m boarding her, but no she doesn’t have a heated water pail, but I will definitely look into those! I don’t think I can winterize her stall because the barn is kinda tore up (we’re trying to find money to fix water damage)February 29, 2016 at 1:14 pm
There are also some supplements for horses that tend to colic easily. I’ve never used them myself, but they might also be worth looking into, if warming her drinking water does not solve the problem.
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