September 3, 2013 at 2:02 pmLay-Z Loper Original PosterTopics Started: 2Replies Posted: 5
My horse is recovering from a scary colic episode. He was hospitalized for a few days and lost some weight, (but thankfully didn’t need surgery!). Now that he’s back home, I want to make sure I’m doing everything I can to keep it from happening again, but I’m not really sure where to even start. Vet said there’s no real way to nail down the cause of the colic, so I don’t know what to avoid, or try adding to his food or routine… Any thoughts?!September 3, 2013 at 3:31 pmwyoenglishriderTopics Started: 4Replies Posted: 101
Yikes! That is scary. What are your after-care instructions from your vet? Do you keep him at home or a boarding barn? I would enlist the hlp of friends if you work & aren’t able to keep an eye on him during the day. Were you told to slowly work his feed rations back up to his normal amount? Is he drinking? Did they check for ulcers? I use SmartPaks Smart Digest Ultra–you may look into this as a supplement for him.September 6, 2013 at 7:44 pmPiaffeNPassageTopics Started: 0Replies Posted: 25
Make sure you are providing fresh clean water, and good quality free choice hay. Horse should never be going longer than 4 hours without something to eat.
Owned by Imperious 1997 ArabXFriesian GeldingSeptember 6, 2013 at 9:59 pmharvooseTopics Started: 0Replies Posted: 3
I agree that free choice hay is absolutely a must. Also how does your vet feel about feeding a qt or two of wheat bran once or twice a day. I have done that with horses that seemed to colic at the drop of a hat and it really seemed to be helpfulSeptember 7, 2013 at 8:49 amPiaffeNPassageTopics Started: 0Replies Posted: 25
I agree that free choice hay is absolutely a must. Also how does your vet feel about feeding a qt or two of wheat bran once or twice a day. I have done that with horses that seemed to colic at the drop of a hat and it really seemed to be helpful
The whole feeding wheat bran thing to reduce the risk of colic is a major myth. It can actually cause issues because it is so high in phosphorus! If there’s not enough calcium to match the phosphorus in a bran-fed horse’s daily feed, his body will pull extra calcium from his bones in order to balance the excess phosphorus in his gut. If a horse gets too much phosphorus over too long a period, his body will take so much calcium from the bones that it weakens the skeleton and leads to bone disorders
Owned by Imperious 1997 ArabXFriesian Gelding
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