Our vets have seen many colic cases recently so we have put together a few pointers to help you avoid a colicky horse or pony.
Care needs to be taken in sandy soil areas, a supplement of Psyllium Husks can be useful to help move things through the digestion process. We use a product called Sand Out.
Keep the worming regime up to date by using a paste every three months, which must include an agent to kill tape worms (Praziquantel) in the spring and autumn. Oil (sunflower or corn) is a good calorie booster for feeds in the cold weather.
During prolonged cold or frosty weather ensure an adequate water supply is provided. It’s a good idea to add more water to feeds – warm mashes for example – or wetted but not frozen hay.
Low water intake pre-disposes horses to impaction colics, which is also more likely to happen in situations where horses are kept stabled (a lack of mobility slows the gut down) and the eating of straw, which is of little nutritional value.
If you think your horse or pony is suffering from colic, please call the surgery, as we are happy to help. Swift action is the best way forward while waiting for a vet to arrive so try to keep the animal walking to avoid them lying down or rolling.
Please contact the surgery for further advice.