Another rea­son to avoid DE

EQUUS - - Eq Letters -

I have another com­ment to add to the ad­vice of­fered for “Di­atoma­ceous Earth As a De­wormer?” (Con­sul­tants, EQUUS 439). Aside from the fact that di­atoma­ceous earth (DE) is not ef­fec­tive as a de­wormer, there’s another, very im­por­tant rea­son I wouldn’t sug­gest feed­ing it to a horse: sand colic.

I live in an area of North­ern Michi­gan where sand colic is very common, and so the idea of pur­posely feed­ing my horses even more dirt is un­fath­omable. In fact, I knew some­one whose colick­ing horse had an in­cred­i­ble amount of dirt in his fe­cal sam­ple. Then I found out she fed DE to her horse ev­ery day for worms. The horse almost died of sand colic in­stead! Leigh Kuhn Kalka­ska, Michi­gan

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