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6 Simple Steps to Reduce the Risk of Colic

Step 1: Reduce the risk of Colic by always making sure the horse has fresh water.

Horses without water for 1-2 hours run the risk of colic, especially horses that are over the age of six.

Horses seem to prefer drinking out of buckets due to the fact that they can drink larger amounts of water at one time.

In cold weather add hot water to buckets twice daily.

Long trips – stop frequently to give horses water and let the vet treat with a mineral oil before traveling.

STEP 2:  Allow pasture and turnout time for regular grazing.

Horses that have access to pasture have a lower risk of colic.

Horses have a greater risk of Colic feeding from round bales of hay due to being stored outdoors.

Horse with a risk of colic

This horse is showing signs and has a risk of Colic

 STEP 3:  Avoid feeding in sandy areas.

Horses that ingest enough sand to irritate their intestines are a high risk for Colic.

Feed from a hay net, tubs, racks and use rubber mats with catch pans where the hay is fed to reduce the sand intake.

STEP 4:  Feed grain and pellet foods when needed.

Horses fed grain, pellet foods and sweet feed run a higher risk of Colic than horses on a straight hay diet.

STEP 5:  Watch horses closely after a change in exercise, stabling, or diet.

Risks of colic run higher within two weeks of a sudden change in diet.

Always make gradual  changes to the diet, nothing sudden.

STEP 6: Teeth care should be floated every six months to ensure thorough and proper chewing.