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How to Prevent Horse Colic

Colic in horses can be caused by different things, many cases are a result of the horses diet and living conditions.

A horse’s natural diet is grass, leaves, hay and bark. These are the foods they have evolved to eat, and they are the foods that a horse’s stomach is best able to deal with. Unfortunately these days’ horses are often fed grains and sweet feeds, which are high in carbohydrates and can lead to stomach irritation and other complications.

Of course, the solution isn’t to let your horses run free 24/7, as this just isn’t viable for the modern horse owner. There are, however, some simple steps you can follow to reduce the risk of colic and help your horse live a healthy and happy life.

  • Let your horse spend more time grazing outside, so they can eat as much as they want and they can have free movement. If your horse is spending the night in the stable, ensure they have plenty of hay. A horse needs to eat over 1.5% of their natural body weight to stay healthy, and horses have evolved to eat around the clock.
  • Reduce the amount of processed grains you feed your horse, and try replacing it with a natural alternative.
  • Let your horse eat less food, but more often. Constantly grazing rather than having large set meals is best for horses.
  • Make sure your horse is drinking enough clean water. Horses don’t like ice-cold water; so in winter make extra precautions to ensure they drink enough. Always make sure they have access to water in the stables.
  • Keep an eye on your horse’s health and learn how to check their vital signs. If you suspect any problems, take them to the vet sooner rather than later. Also check their teeth regularly to ensure there are no issues.

Colic in horses can be a big problem, but if you follow the above steps you can ensure your horse lives a happy and healthy life.

For more information about Horse Colic, please refer to PetMD. Learn more about horse colic and ulcer treatment with Harmonize.

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