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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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Sand colic

I have been told that sand colic could become a problem in a horse that is corraled in an arena. He is a rescue horse and we are feeding him grass hay 24/7 but are concerned about the possibility of him ingesting too much sand as he eats. He gets to graze in a pasture two time per day for about 1 hour each. What should we use to prevent sand collick?

Where are you from? Colorado

How did you locate this forum? on line

Re: Sand colic

Hi Christine,

If your horse is eating off of sandy soil, there is the danger of him ingesting enough sand to cause an impaction. There are a couple of things you can do. First, if you can feed him hay from an elevated hay feeder, this will reduce the amount of time he picks hay off the ground. But, in addition to this, since he is grazing on pasture, you ought to give him a psyllium seed supplement such as Sand Relief (Vita Flex) to prevent sand colic.

I hope this is helpful. Thank you for writing.

All the best,

Dr. Getty