Preven­tion Is Best

Re­duce your horse’s over­all risk of colic with smart man­age­ment strate­gies:

Horse & Rider - - SADDLE CHAT -

Feed small amounts fre­quently, or even bet­ter, pro­vide 24/7 for­age or graz­ing. Make any changes in feed grad­u­ally. Give fresh, clean wa­ter of a drink­able tem­per­a­ture.

Pro­vide ex­er­cise, de­worm­ing, and den­tal care on reg­u­lar sched­ules.

If you’re in a sandy en­vi­ron­ment, place hay in a feeder or on a rub­ber mat to avoid sand in­ges­tion. Ask your vet about sand-clear­ing prod­ucts con­tain­ing psyl­lium.

Where you can, min­i­mize stress-in­duc­ing events.

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