Preventing Colic in your horses can be as simple as following a disciplined schedule. As you may know, colic is still considered the number one killer of horses in the United States and has a wide spectrum of severity.
Colic can become a life-threatening condition quickly and should never be ignored.
- Follow a routine – the same time every day. (especially important is feeding and exercise schedules).
- Energy-dense supplements have been linked to colic and should be avoided or at the very least monitored heavily.
- Half of your horse’s diet should be from forage each day.
- Frequent feedings with smaller rations helps in the battle against colic.
- Hay should be fed throughout the day.
- A regular parasite program should be maintained.
- Fresh, clean, water should be available at all times.
- Horses still warm from exercise should not be allowed to drink excessive amounts of cold water.
- Horses should not be fed on the ground but rather in feeders.
- Hay bedding and pasture should be monitored for weeds and materials that may be toxic.
- Pay special attention to stress in your horse’s environment – stress is directly linked to colic.