How to prevent your horse from getting colic 

When it's cold and snowy in the paddocks, the horse may ingest sand which can lead to stomach problems. Here you can read more about what's important to consider and what you can do to avoid it. 


In winter, it's especially important to distribute the roughage portions over several meals and preferably in several places in the paddock so that the horse moves around and stays occupied. In some cases, the roughage ration may need to be increased to compensate for the cold. Chewing and digesting the feed also help to keep warm. It's also very important that the horse drinks plenty of water. 


Studies have shown that horses prefer when the water is heated, so use a water heater or similar to ensure that the horse has frost-free water all day when it's out in the paddock. Soaking all feed is also recommended so that the horse gets extra liquid even through the feed. At the slightest suspicion that the horse is drinking less than normal, one needs to be extra vigilant about how the horse behaves. Rapid intervention at the slightest suspicion of dehydration, which can lead to colic, can be crucial for the horse. 


Also be extra careful to offer the horse movement every day, exercise is important to keep the stomach in shape. If there are digestive problems, Fiberplex can be helpful and B-vitamin Total can provide important B-vitamins that the microorganisms normally produce. It may be helpful to add extra Linseed Oil to the feed to facilitate digestion. During cold days when the horse is very still, supplements of Beetroot can also help the horse to keep warm. Beetroot stimulates blood circulation which increases the body's warmth.

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