Avoiding colic in horses

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Gut flora balance is particularly delicate in the horse. Colic is one of the most common diseases in the horse. As such, it is important to know what causes it, the various aggravating factors, and how to avoid it.

The different causes of colic in horses

Colic (intestinal spasms) can have various causes:

  • Irregular feeding times
  • Excessive feeding
  • Insufficient number of feeds
  • Fluctuating rations
  • Too much protein (alfalfa, soya, etc.), starch (cereals), sugar (carbohydrates) in relation to the horse’s daily requirements and weight
  • Forage quality (mouldy, dirty hay, etc.)
  • Insufficient quantity of hay
  • Over-ingestion of inedible artificial bedding or straw
  • Check the quality and quantity of available water every day, along with water temperature
  • Monitor drinking after effort (water at room temperature).

Aggravating factors causing colic in horses

Aggravating factors: weather conditions (sudden changes in temperature, stormy weather, etc.).
Ask your veterinary surgeon and specialist technician for advice.

How can I avoid colic in my horse?

Give your horse sufficient amounts of forage (1-1.5% of your horse’s body weight). Give concentrate feed in several feeds of no more than 2 kg each. Whenever possible, allow grazing and moments of freedom as confinement increases the risk of gastric problems. Provide plenty of clean water, avoid leaving your horse without food for long periods of time, and ensure there is always forage available.

 Royal Horse solutions to avoid colic in horses

One of the main features of Royal Horse feed is that the products in the different feed ranges are supplemented with MOS (Mannan-oligosaccharides) prebiotics which bio-regulate gut flora promoting intestinal transit.