Sand Colic Prevention

Posted by Saddle Up on Apr 11th 2018

For horses living in dry climates with sandy soil the possibility of getting sand colic is quite real, but very preventable! Sand colic happens when the horse accidentally ingests sand during feeding.

One of the first preventative steps to avoiding sand colic is to not feed your horse directly on the ground where he is more likely to eat sand as well as hay.

The second step is to get your horse started on a psyllium program to continue to help prevent sand colic.

Psyllium is obtained from the seed coating of the Plantago plant species and becomes a gel-like substance when it makes contact with water. This substance will attract the sand inside the horse’s intestine and carries it out of the horse’s body during the digestive process.

There are many brands of psyllium available in stores or online. Check with your vet if you have any questions about what brand to buy or how frequently you should feed psyllium to your horse.

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~ Saddle Up