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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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My horse is 17 and had a bad start to life. She is very prone to colic. I have heard may differant ideas on what to put her on. I still dont know what is the best hay. I have her on bermuda and I have herd that timathy would be better for her. Is that true and is there any thing else I should have her on becided senior? Thanks

Where are you from? California

How did you locate this forum? web search

Re: Colic

Hi Roxy,

Colic can be caused by many different things, so it's really hard to say if it's the bermuda hay or not. Certainly, she needs to have hay, and bermuda is fine. I have had several clients whose horses colicked when being left without anything to eat for hours. Then, when they get the hay, they bolt it down so fast, that an impaction can be created.

I certainly don't know if that's the case with your horse, but just keep in mind that hay and/or pasture needs to be provided throughout the day, preferably 24/7, so horses can relax and eat at their leisure.

If hay is very dry and stemmy, this can sometimes create a problem. And, having plenty of water nearby is also very important.

If these suggestions are not helpful, please consider setting up a phone consultation appointment so we can go over the big picture and help prevent another episode.

All the best,

Dr. Getty

Where are you from? Bayfield, CO