Strategies to Reduce Colic in Horses



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On average, 1 out of every 10 horses will suffer from a bout of colic each year. Managing your feeding program can help reduce colic in horses.

Three abrupt changes to avoid:

  1. Feeding a meal (concentrate or forage) earlier or later than normal.
  2. Making an abrupt change in the type or amount of hay, concentrate or supplement fed.
  3. Suddenly changing the type of pasture grass, or the time allotted for grazing.

Eight easy feeding tips to reduce digestive upset:

  1. Provide an unlimited source of clean water at all times.
  2. Feed a consistent diet and make all changes slowly (over 7 to 10 days).
  3. Feed a high-quality fiber (such as hay) and offer it free choice whenever possible.
  4. Feed concentrates as small, frequent meals 2, 3 or even 4 times per day. Do not feed more than 4 pounds of concentrate per meal.
  5. Maintain a consistent daily feeding schedule.
  6. Keep all feeds and supplements in a horse-proof container or locked feed room to avoid accidental overeating.
  7. Never feed tainted or moldy concentrates, hay or supplements.
  8. Supplement your horse with high-quality probiotics during times of stress or after antibiotic use.

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