POP QUIZ

ROCK SOLID

EQUUS - - Eq Handson -

Q: While clean­ing your horse’s stall, you find a small, smooth, rock-like ob­ject mixed in with

Chances are it’s not an ac­tual rock. It’s much more likely to be an en­terolith, a min­eral con­cre­tion that forms in a horse’s di­ges­tive tract. Re­searchers don’t know ex­actly why en­teroliths de­velop, but some horses prob­a­bly in­herit a pre­dis­po­si­tion, and en­vi­ron­men­tal fac­tors, such as con­sum­ing for­age and drink­ing wa­ter that is high in mag­ne­sium and other min­er­als, can make in­testi­nal stones more likely. En­teroliths can cause re­cur­rent colic and, if large enough, may rup­ture the in­testines. See­ing one in your horse’s ma­nure is an early warn­ing sign of pos­si­ble trou­ble. Snap a pic­ture and send it to your vet­eri­nar­ian for iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and guid­ance.

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