In an adult horse, a bowel in the intestine between the blind and rectum is the most common colic form. A stroke in the gut may be caused by gas in the intestines. If a horse is eating too much, the intestinal contents can go to yeast. Colic is a collective name meaning abdominal pain. In several places in the gastrointestinal tract of a horse, clogging, gas accumulation or location changes may occur, resulting in colic.
Horses in a paddock or a meadow during the day are bored or hungry. Or they unintentionally take too much ground, but rich foods can be the cause. Think of horses that do not leave a sprinkle of straw in the stable. Too much straw can cause a stool in the intestine of a horse, as well as severe worm infection.
In the spring, a significant increase in the number of colic is generally seen in horses. The intestines can give a fierce reaction to the sudden transition to the young spring grass. Too much of food can also cause colic problems because the gastrointestinal tract is not set to handle large amounts of concentrate.
Horses that get too much sand are at high risk of colic. To investigate whether a horse has sand in the bowels and is in risk of colic, you can throw six mushrooms from the middle of a fresh manure in a bucket of water. By stirring all the time and leaving a day, the sand drains from the manure to the bottom. More than one teaspoon of sand is an abnormal amount.
Symptoms of colic in horses are as follows:
- Crabs with pretense
- Alternate lying and standing
- Looking at the stomach, kicking, biting
- Restless and severe sweating
- Suddenly quiet, slow
What can you do before the vet comes?:
- While waiting, get along slowly
- Leave heavy colic horses to lay down or roll (preferably in big box or paddock)
To prevent colic you can take the following measures:
- Enter the roughage in a paddock in the Hartog Feed Box XL
- Do not give your horse too much concentrate, but replace some of the concentrate through Hartog Lucerne-mix. Lucerne mix stimulates digestion, preventing colic
- Let the horse slowly get used to a new ration
- Let the horse get used to the pasture slowly
- Give small portions of concentrated feed (no more than 3 kg per feed)
- Do not let your horse eat too much straw, but make sure that it has sufficient roughage
- Provide a regular deformation schedule.