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Are you all ears? The study of equine audiology, or horse’s hearing, has taught us a lot. From how the shape helps them receive sound to just how many frequencies they can hear, understanding how horses hear can help us build better companionship with our equine friends. Let’s dive into some horse ear facts so you can see what I mean.

How Does the Horse Ear Shape Help Them Hear?

Horse ears are not only adorable, but functional, too. The outside part of the ear (what we see) is called the “pinna”. Inside the pinna is the ear canal. Sound waves are funneled into the pinna and travel down the ear canal, eventually reaching the ear drum. 

The funnel shape of horse ears help them catch the sounds around them. Their ears are also independent of each other, allowing them to move and detect sounds separately. Horse ears can even swivel up to 180 degrees! This is a helpful tool as a prey animal – they are more likely to hear a threat coming their way.

Do Horses Hear Better Than Humans?

It’s a well-known fact that dogs hear much better than humans, but what about horses? The answer is…yes! But only slightly. Horses can hear higher and lower frequencies than humans, with up to a 13,500 hertz difference. Horse vision is better than their hearing, so they rely on it more to take in information.

Horse ears are very telling of how they feel, so their body language may show that they are afraid of something near or off your land that you can’t hear. Make sure that your horse feels safe and secure when this happens. You can offer them shelter or offer a fun distraction to calm them down if they get anxious.

Common Horse Ear Problems & Solutions

Flies, Mites, and Ticks

Although hearing loss is less common in horses than humans, you should look out for some other common issues. Ticks, mites, and flies are the obvious threats – they are visible lil buggers that will bite the pinna. They can carry diseases and cause discomfort & ear infections, which can lead to bigger issues if left untreated.

How to Prevent & Minimize Horse Ear Pests

The main thing you can do to help your horse is regularly check for mites, ticks, and fly bites on your horse’s ear. You will see red bumps, irritated skin, and/or oozing scabs if they have been bitten. If you notice that your horse has been shaking its head more than usual, that is a sign that you should take further investigation.

You can spray animal-safe fly repellent, or keep your horse sheltered while flies are really bad. Make sure that the horse’s environment is clean and not an inviting place for flies to annoy you & your animals.

Frostbite In Horse Ears

If you take proper care of your horse during winter, you shouldn’t have to worry about them getting frostbite. However, if you see pale or red swollen skin on the tips of their ears (where they get poor circulation), you should gently warm them up and call your vet immediately. They will be sensitive to touch, so be very careful.

What to Do If You Are Worried About Your Horse’s Ears

 

If your horse is shaking its head more than usual, or you do see continuous signs of bites/irritation, do not hesitate to call your vet. To avoid more serious issues down the road, it is important to make sure that your horse’s ears are taken care of early on. 

Your vet might suggest some ear ointment or another medication to help, or at least be able to give you trustworthy advice. BRD Vet Rx is happy to answer any of your questions – we love to see happy, healthy horses!

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Here at BRD Vet Rx, we call ourselves an equine vet compounding pharmacy. You know that our passion is to help horses achieve the happiest and healthiest lifestyle possible, but what exactly makes us different from a non-compounding vet or pharmacist? 

What Does A Compounding Pharmacy Do?

Animals need prescriptions for medications, just like humans do. Sometimes, people need custom combinations and dosages of medications to achieve their desired outcomes. This is called “compounding” – or “to make whole”. These combinations create a medicine that can’t be achieved with normal formulas. 

Not all doctors are trained on how to compound medicine, but you can visit a certified compounding pharmacy to ensure that you get medication that fits your individual needs. Compounding pharmacies follow Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Extra-Label Drug Use regulations, and the pharmacist will make the drug based on their client’s (veterinarian’s) suggestion.

How is A Vet Compounding Pharmacy Different Than One For Humans?

Just like how the compounding pharmacies we go to are for humans, vet compounding pharmacies specialize in making custom medications for animals. The veterinarian determines what the animal needs, and will then compound the medication themself or will hire another pharmacist to do it for them. 

The vets and pharmacists who work for vet compounding pharmacies study animal health, so that they can confidently determine what is in the animal’s best interest. Every pet owner wants to know that the medication that they buy is safe, legitimate, and the right combination of drugs for their animal. BRD just happens to specialize in horse medications – and we are proud of it!

When Should You Go to A Vet Compounding Pharmacy?

There are a variety of reasons why someone may need to take their furry friend to a compounding pharmacy. The overarching answer is that a standard vet pharmacy cannot provide the right medication to their pet. Here are some examples of reasons why someone may be directed to a compounding pharmacy:

  • Their pet has an allergy and the ingredient must be removed for their safety
  • They may need a higher or lower dosage than the standard
  • The animal may not be able to swallow a pill, so a vet pharmacist needs to create a paste from the crushed up pills
  • Their pet is picky, so the compounding pharmacist needs to add flavoring to the medicine so that they don’t spit it out

Your primary veterinarian will prescribe the compounded medication if they believe that the commercial options are not the best choice for your pet. They will provide a recommendation for a vet compounding pharmacy, and you will be able to have them make it for you.

Why Choose BRD Vet Rx?

There are lots of options out there for equine vet compounding pharmacies, so how do we stand out from the rest? Our story started in 1925 when we opened our doors to help horses live their best lives. Since then, we have almost 100 years of equine compounding experience! 

We provide expertly-crafted sterile and non-sterile compounds, meaning we can serve almost any need for your horse. We believe in compounding the optimal formula for your horse’s needs at a fair and honest price. In addition:

  • All Pharmacists and Technicians are fully licensed and meet the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) 797 and 795 requirements.
  • We follow USP guidelines and use only FDA approved Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients.
  • Provide fast reliable shipping while meeting medication requirements.
  • Ensure all sterile compounds are tested for potency and sterility.

View our products here, or contact us today to see how we can best help you and your horse.

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How to Read Horse Body Language?

Do you ever wonder if your horse is trying to tell you something? People and horses form such strong connections because we are both intelligent, expressive creatures who communicate with verbal and physical cues. Horse body language can be expressed throughout their entire body, which is amazing – so how should we interpret it as horse owners?

Listen Up!

Ears are a very telling part of horse body language. As you may guess, when the ears are pinned back, they are angry or nervous. Do not approach the horse in this state, or you might get a nasty bite or kick.

As you’re training your horse, you may notice that your horse is more likely to listen when their ears are forward and alert – this means that they are interested and engaged in what’s in front of them. This is a good equine communication indicator that your horse is ready to listen.

When your horse is relaxed, you’ll notice that their ears are turned to the side. They may not be paying attention to anything, in particular, so be careful not to startle them. Make yourself known (calmly – no surprise hugs!) to avoid any negative reactions out of fear.

The Tale of Horse Tails

On the opposite end of the ears, lives the tail. Horses use their tails more than to just keep flies away – but it isn’t always easy to read what they’re trying to say. For example, slow, occasional swishing is normal behavior. But if you notice fierce, faster swishing, your horse is probably annoyed. 

If you see their tail tucked tightly against their rear end, they are nervous and afraid. This is a pretty obvious sign that you should check in and think about how to make your horse more comfortable. It is not wise to get too close to them when they are feeling threatened like this. 

When your horse is carrying its tail high, it’s on high alert. This could be accompanied by forward-facing ears – your horse is very interested in something. But do be mindful – some breeds of horses have naturally higher placed tails that may look like they are alert when they are actually relaxing.

Understanding Horse Vocalizations

Horses communicate with their voices, too – just like humans! Keep in mind that every horse communicates differently, but here are a few categories of sounds you may hear while chatting with your equine friend:

Examples of Positive Horse Vocalizations:

  • Nickering (a soft, low sound that comes from the throat)
  • Neighs 
  • Winnies 

You can usually tell when your horse is happy. If they trot over to you, nuzzle you, or follow you, you know that they are content and that they like you (or they just really want that carrot in your hand).

Examples of Negative Horse Vocalizations:

  • Squealing
  • Aggressive Snorting 

When horses feel immediately threatened, you may hear squealing accompanied by thrashing, ears back, and biting. If a horse is unsure but doesn’t feel quite right, they might be snorting and shaking their head. This could happen if they sense that something isn’t right. 

Knowing these cues can help you better understand your horse and form a better connection. Remember to never approach a scared horse, and give them lots of positive feedback when they are friendly towards you. If you have any questions about your horse’s health, contact the team at BRD Vet Rx – we’d love to hear from you.

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About Uveitis In Horses

Vision loss is tragic for all species, but understanding it is important for the healthy treatment of eyes and taking proper care if vision does become lost. Uveitis in horses is an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation of the uveal tract of the eye, also known as the middle layer of the eye (between the cornea and retina). Episodes vary in severity, and it can happen once or multiple times. It’s the most common cause of vision loss in horses.

Can Horses Experience Uveitis More Than Once?

Uveitis in horses can be painful, and it’s never a good thing. However, it can be managed and treated, with the hope that it will not happen again. It is not completely preventable, but if it keeps happening, it may become a bigger issue. 

Equine Recurrent Uveitis (ERU), or Moon Blindness, is repeated episodes of Uveitis. It can happen in one or both eyes, and can eventually lead to complete blindness. The term “moon blindness” was a term from the 1600s, when people thought it was temporary blindness influenced by moon phases. The damage cannot be reversed, but surgeries and proper care can prolong your horse’s vision.

What Are the Signs of Uveitis In Horses?

Some signs of Uveitis include tears in the eye, squinting, swollen and red eyeball(s), sensitivity to light, yellow pus, and/or a cloudy, bluish haze over the cornea of the eye. There are many factors that go into how susceptible your horse is to getting Uveitis, and sometimes the episodes are minor enough that you won’t notice until it’s too late and vision loss occurs.

According to Dr. Rana Bozorgmanesh, ERU affects 2-25% of the horse population in the United States. It is somewhat common, and certain breeds are more genetically predisposed to experience it. Appaloosas are the most at-risk breed, with up to a 25% prevalence to it. The disease is still somewhat a mystery to horse health care professionals, even though it has been recognized for centuries.

What Should I Do If I Think My Horse Has Uveitis?

Even if you’re not sure your horse is experiencing Uveitis, call a trusted horse health professional immediately. The earlier you can detect it, the better chance you have at prolonging your horse’s vision. There’s no test to determine if it’s a one-time occurrence or if it will happen again, but giving your veterinarian the most information that you can will give them a better idea about your horse’s situation.

You can work with them to find the primary cause of the episode (infection, blunt trauma, ulcer, etc), and this helps decide the likeliness of ERU. If it happened without a primary event triggering it, it’s more likely that it might happen again. Since it is a progressive disease without a defined cure, you’ll want to discuss an aging plan and proper treatment options.

How Do You Treat Uveitis In Horses?

Even if your horse has a one-time occurrence of Uveitis, you’re going to have to implement some treatment with your horse. Treatment options include topical anti-inflammatories, corticosteroids, and medications that dilate the pupil. The goal of these is to reduce inflammation and pain, prolonging the comfort and vision of your horse. 

We hope that you and your horse never have to go through this, but being educated on the subject will best prepare you for catching it early on. Contact BRD Vet Rx with any questions you may have, or view our products for more information. We look forward to hearing from you and are here for your horse health needs.

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What is Ringbone?

As they age, horses will wear on their leg joints and hooves from day-to-day activity. Eventually, this can lead to a degenerative arthritis condition called Ringbone. It affects the pastern and coffin joints, also known as the high and low ringbone. Ringbone in horses starts when joint inflammation occurs, leading to pain and lameness. 

Signs of Ringbone in Horses

Lameness is one of the first signs of Ringbone. Horses that have a more upright hoof angle are more likely to suffer from Ringbone because they don’t absorb impact as well and put more weight on the joints. In more advanced cases, you may notice a bony, swollen mass surrounding the high or low ringbone. 

The mass will be hard (bony) when you press on it, and pressure will not hurt your horse. Sharp pain will occur once the affected joint is flexed – but don’t try this yourself. Call a horse health professional to take a look, instead.

How To Treat Ringbone In Horses

Your farrier or horse health professional may have a variety of treatment suggestions depending on your horse’s weight, activity level, build, etc.. Ringbone can affect horses of all ages, shapes, and sizes, and there is no one treatment that works for all patients. Since it is a progressive disease that is irreversible, the focus will be on managing your horse’s comfort and mobility.

A farrier may suggest special corrective shoes to minimize overuse of joints for comfort. As far as medication goes, joint-feed supplements and non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) are popular for reducing pain. These treatments are usually topical or injected.

There’s also another method that is used that may surprise you: fusing the joints. Depending on how the disease progresses, the affected joints may fuse together. This relieves some of the pain the horse experiences because the joint cannot be flexed anymore. Some horse health professionals elect to medically speed up the process if they think it’s the best option for the horse. 

What Should I Do If I Think My Horse Has Ringbone?

If you see signs of lameness or a swollen area around the ringbone joints, call your trusted horse health professional. They will be able to properly rule out other options and diagnose your horse without further injuring them. From there, you can discuss a treatment plan that has your budget and horse’s best interest in mind.

Your farrier might recognize Ringbone during a scheduled appointment as well. He might be able to give some advice on corrective shoe fittings or other options to improve the comfort of your equine companion.

View our horse health products or contact us at BRD Vet Rx today for more information.

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Why Should I Practice Good Horse Hair Care?

Easy, breezy, beautiful…Coverhorse? Just like humans, a horse’s mane can be the focal point of style and elegance. Horse hair care is an important part of hygiene and the overall grooming process, so let’s learn how to take the best care of those luscious locks.

Healthy grooming habits have a variety of benefits when it comes to your horse. Most horses enjoy being brushed, and it’s a good time to bond and build trust. It also helps keep your horse clean by removing dirt and dander that can negatively affect the skin.You can train your horse by having them be still, calm and having their hooves handled. It’s also a good time to check your horse for unusual cuts or abrasions.

Beauty From the Inside Out

As you could guess, diet is one of the main influences when it comes to horse hair care. If you’re striving for a strong, shiny, and thick mane and tail, make sure to feed your horse a rich, nutritional diet. Protein, amino acids, and vitamins from high-quality forage materials will help promote the best hair health. 

Wash With Care

Choosing a good shampoo is an important first step when washing your horse’s mane and tail. Try and choose one that is light on sulfates (they dry hair out), and has a natural ingredient base, such as coconut oil. There are lots of options at every budget, so you should be able to find one that works for you. Considering climate conditions should also help with your decision.

Start from the roots and scrub to loosen all the dirt and oil trapped near the scalp. Massaging this area will also increase blood flow and encourage hair growth. Be cautious not to use too much conditioner, as too much oil will clog pores and attract dirt. 

The same process can be used for the tail – be sure to scrub out all the dirt and dead skin buildup.You can finish off the process with some leave-in conditioner if you really want the mane and tail to stay hydrated and shine.

Get the Right Tools For the Job

Using wide-toothed combs and dandy brushes will ensure a positive grooming experience for everyone involved. Be careful not to tug too hard and hurt your horse, this will stress them out and make them scared of grooming. 

You may also want to consider not brushing the tail and mane every day, as this will make the hair thin. It can take a long time for horses to regrow hair. Human hair brushes will break and damage hair, so make sure to avoid those.

Beautiful Braids

After your horse’s mane and tail are cleaned and moisturized, you can braid the hair to keep it pristine. Start at the top, and loosely start to braid the hair in two-inch sections. You can wave tighter as you go down, but don’t ever pull or make it too tight – the goal is to minimize breakage. You start loosely so that the braid isn’t pulling at the roots, which can be uncomfortable. 

And there you have it! We hope that these horse hair care tips get you excited about your next grooming session. BRD Vet Rx has been encouraging healthy horse care for almost 100 years. View our products or contact us today, we look forward to hearing from you.

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About Snakebites in Horses

Seeing a venomous snake can be a rather rattling experience. When the sun comes out, snakes are more likely to come above ground and sun themselves. While we all enjoy a good tanning session, no one wants to come across a slithering surprise. Snakebites in horses are a somewhat low threat in the United States, but having a plan of action could save your horse’s life if the situation arises.

Smaller and younger horses and ponies are at higher risk for danger when a venomous snake bites them because their smaller bodies can be affected by the venom faster than bigger horses. If they are younger, they may not be as strong to fight off infection, and they might run more out of fear, making the venom be absorbed faster.

What Are Dry Snakebites?

Whether the snake is venomous or not, snakebites are scary and painful. “Dry Bites”, or snakebites where no venom is involved, cause minimal wounds. They are usually shallow, and the biggest risk is infection. A tetanus booster injection can help prevent infection from deeper bites. Your horse health professional will advise you depending on the wound.

Venomous Snakebites in Horses

When a venomous snake bites your horse, you need to act fast. Call your veterinarian or trusted horse health professional immediately. Snakes may bite from being stepped on (leg bites), or your horse may have gotten a little too curious and the snake bit its nose out of fear. 

After a rattlesnake or other venomous snake attacks, you may immediately notice some indicators: the rattling of the snake’s tail before it strikes, two pin-sized red holes at the site of the bite, swelling around the infected area, and/or soreness around the bite area.

The sooner your horse can receive professional medical help, the higher chance it has to survive and recover. Once you know (or think) your horse has been bitten and you call a professional, you should try to keep your horse as calm and still as possible.

What to Do Until the Veterinarian Arrives

After you confirm that medical help is on the way, halter your horse and keep them calm. Stay with the horse until help arrives. The less your horse moves, the less toxin the toxin will be absorbed into their blood. Avoid touching the bite area, and try to encourage their head to stay in a comfortable position looking down (this discourages the spread of the toxin).

You can also gently apply a cool, damp cloth to your horse if they feel overly warm. Just be careful not to hurt your horse by touching the infected area. Do not try sucking the venom out or other questionable rumors you have heard. Next, if you can comfortably and safely do so, try to identify the snake. Any information (snake type, bite location, tetanus booster history, etc) can help the veterinarian once they arrive. 

We hope that you and your loved ones never have to go through the pain and stress of any snakebite, but we hope that these tips will help you feel prepared so that you can act fast if needed. Contact us at BRD Vet Rx today for questions or horse health product information.

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What is Thrush In Horses?

We all know someone who has smelly feet – whether it be from poor hygiene or just bad luck, it’s not enjoyable for anyone involved. However, if you’re smelling something that reminds you of rotting dairy around your horse’s hoof, you should probably take a closer look. Thrush in horses may be the culprit – lets learn more about it.

Thrush is a painful, non-contagious bacterial infection that infects your horse’s hoof. Bacteria, fungi, and microbes can get into the frog (soft tissue area between the heel and walls of hoof) and cause an infection. The bacteria will ferment in the frog, and make it deteriorate over time.

The result of the infection is a thick, black discharge from the frog smelling similar to rotten dairy. Gross, right? Thrush in horses can be extremely painful, and even cause lameness if left untreated. Some horses are more likely to get infected than others.

How To Prevent Thrush In Horses

Although thrush may seem intimidating and dangerous, preventing it can be as easy as keeping your stall clean. Dark, wet conditions are perfect for thrush-causing bacteria to grow, so avoiding these conditions will help reduce the risk. Manure, wet hay, dirt, and other organic materials are straightforward ways for bacteria to find their way to your horse’s frog and start causing trouble, for example. 

Keep Stalls Clean

To minimize the risk of infection, keeping the stalls clean is crucial. This way, your horse will be less likely to have these materials caked up on their hooves. There are many other benefits to regular stall cleaning, too. 

Clean Hooves Daily

One of the most straightforward ways to prevent thrush in horses is to clear their hooves of manure, dirt, hay, and other organic matter. If you keep this up every day, it’s much less likely that you’ll see an infection. Another benefit is that if your horse does get an infection, you’ll be able to catch it early on. Use this time to build trust with your horse while keeping them safe with proper hoof care.

Hoof It, Baby!

Exercise is a great way to prevent thrush in horses while staying healthy. Movement encourages the frog to naturally flush and clean itself out, and your horse will feel better overall. Just make sure that you don’t let the hooves get too dirty in the first place.

How to Treat Thrush In Horses

The sooner you realize your horse has thrush, the better. If it’s early in the infection stages, a topical ointment is key for treating and fighting further infection. If the infection looks bad or if you’re not sure what stage it’s in, you should call your trusted horse health care professional for an evaluation and further instruction.

A farrier can also treat the thrush. They might treat it like an unclean wound – trimming away the dead tissue on the frog and cleaning it. Trimming the frog to be on the same level as the heel and hoof will promote healthy growth in the future, too. 

BRD Vet Rx has been helping horses stay happy and healthy for almost 100 years. View our products or contact us today to learn more.

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Spring cleaning. Whether those words are music to your ears or make you shudder with fear, it’s that time of year. Keeping your horse happy and healthy is a priority all year long, but Spring is the perfect time to take a closer look at where your horse is living (and look into deworming). To make this process easy and helpful, we have collected some horse stall cleaning tips for you.

Why Is Horse Stall Cleaning Important?

Since your horse spends a decent amount of time in its stall, it understandably gets dirty. Although smelly smells and wetness are unpleasant, they can also indicate that there are some more potentially harmful issues going on. Routine checkups on the stall can catch these issues before they cause any harm or become a bigger beast to deal with.

Build A Routine

When you go into a task with a thought-out plan, you work more efficiently. It can be intimidating when there’s a lot of work to do, so pick apart every step of the process. Horse stall cleaning is much more manageable when you know what you have to do, and in what order it makes sense. 

This way, you’ll hit the ground running (or scooping) and you’ll spend less time trying to figure out the best way to go about it. Deciding which direction you want to work (front to back, side to side, etc) will also make things easier.

Watch Out For Ammonia 

As you may know, ammonia is a noxious gas that can be released through urination. When humans, horses, and other animals are exposed to high levels of the non-visible gas, it can start to negatively affect your body. Your eyes, lungs, and throat may feel a burning sensation, and it can lead to harmful respiratory issues for all parties. If you experience this, urine for a bad time.

Luckily, there are many ways to keep ammonia levels low in your horse’s stall. Cleaning on a regular basis, setting up proper ventilation, drainage options, and monitoring protein intake in your horse’s diet are just a few ways to help. If you’re concerned about ammonia at any time, don’t hesitate to reach out to your trusted horse health care professional.

Get the Right Horse Stall Cleaning Tools

Getting the right tools for the job will ensure that you’re working smarter, not harder. Getting a pitchfork that is lightweight and built for cleaning stalls will save you time and energy, for example. You can try different methods of cleaning, de-scenting, and mat types to find what you like best. 

Keep Up With Maintenance

When you clean the stall, it might also be a good time to make sure that everything else is in working order. Water pipers, floor level, mat condition, protruding nails or other possible threats, dust, feeders, etc. need care too. Checking these regularly will help you avoid issues, or even a costly disaster. Keep a checklist of these items to make the process efficient and easy to track.

Make It Fun

Now that you’re ready to master your 2021 spring cleaning, you can personalize your experience. Do you prefer an empty stall, or a cute companion to be there while you clean? Maybe even make it fun with some music and reward yourself with a tasty treat afterwards. 

However you prefer to clean your horse’s stall, we hope that these tips help you out. BRD Vet Rx has been helping horses live their happiest and healthiest lives for almost 100 years, and we will always be here for your horse health needs. View our products or give us a call today, we’d love to hear from you.

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We all know that one cheese-lover who is lactose intolerant. Sad, right? Just like how some humans need a special diet to avoid gastrointestinal distress, horse owners also need to keep track of what they’re feeding their equine companions to avoid colic. 

What is Colic in Horses?

Horses have a unique and fragile gastrointestinal system that makes them more prone to abdominal pain and complications. Colic is an umbrella term that means pain in the abdomen, or any related issues. It can range from discomfort to deadly, so knowing how to prevent it could save your horse’s life.

What Causes Colic?

There is a variety of causes when it comes to Colic, ranging from dietary issues to behavior. Some examples are:

  • Too much grain in the diet
  • Lack of forage in diet
  • Parasites
  • Stress
  • Dental Problems
  • Dehydration 
  • Tainted feed
  • Sand ingestion
  • Prolonged NSAIDS usage (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug)

There are more causes than what’s listed, but it’s important to know that Colic can be caused by things you may not expect. This way, you’ll know what to look out for. 

Signs of Colic include pawing, rolling, bloating, lack of manure passing, excessive sweating, lack of sound from the stomach, disinterest in food and water, general distress, and more.

How to Prevent Colic in Horses

Preventing Colic with Diet

If you can give your horse the ability to graze, that’s great! The closer you can mimic a dietary regimen related to how horses eat in the wild, the better. Lots of foraged foods, with some added grains and supplements if they need more nutrients than what you can provide. You can get your hay analyzed for nutritional density if you’re curious, too. 

Grain, sweet feed, and corn-based concentrates create gas because there isn’t enough time to properly digest it and absorb the sugars in the horse’s small intestine. It quickly moves towards the hind-gut, trapping the gas in the rear of the horse. The result is Colic from the painful pressure that the concentrates cause.

Oh, and avoid feeding your horse in sandy areas. Given that ingesting sand causes Colic, we think you get the idea.

Hydration is Key

Good hydration habits are very important when it comes to preventing Colic. Horses need lots of fluids for forage fermentation, food digestion, and much more. If they don’t get enough water, an impaction (blockage the bowel) could occur, along with many other ailments. Colic from impaction can be deadly if not treated, so pay very careful attention to this one.

Keep Up Healthy Habits

Routine floating of your horse’s teeth will ensure that they are able to fully chew their food, lessening the chances of intestinal blockage. Slacking on horse dental care can lead to its own issues, but being able to comfortably eat is a basic need.

Parasites are nasty lil buggers who can mess with multiple aspects of your companion’s health. Tapeworms and other parasites can be managed by knowing what to look out for and adopting a deworming routine that works for you. 

Wrapping Up

On top of these tips, keeping an eye out for unusual behaviors from your horse can tell you if you should seek help. If you’re unsure, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Colic can be unpredictable and time is usually of the essence when it comes to their recovery. If you have further questions about Colic in horses, call your trusted horse health care professional. 

BRD Vet Rx has been helping horses stay happy and healthy for almost 100 years. We love to see horses thrive, and are here for your equine pharmacy needs. Contact us today for more information.