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    How do you get rid of sand in the gut?

    A pony of mine previously lived by the sea, on a paddock of sand and weeds. She has a fair bit of sand in her gut, living there for seven years or so, and it needs to COME OUT!! I dont want her suffering from sand colic, but i also dont have a fortune to spend on fancy products on getting the sand out. Does anyone know of any natural products that will digest the sand, or any type of medical product from a tack shop? Taking into consideration that i live in Australia, any information would be a good help. If there is no inexpensive ways, i guess i will have to take further measures. I heard that sweet bulk should get rid of it, but i dont even know what that is!! I also recall seeing a product on the internet, but i dont know if it was to digest the sand, or to fix sand colic. If anyone has any ideas, i would be extremely greatful!!

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    Honey will help shift the sand. I would try about a table spoon a day for a while. Because the the honey is heavy it will go along th bottom of the gut and take the sand with it and it wont hurt at all.
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    Thats a great idea!! How do i feed it? Just as honey alone, or mix it in with feed. Once i hear how i feed it, i will go out straight away and get started on that one!! I am going to sell her once her belly has swelled down a bit!! Thanks for that!
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    Since horses love honey, you can feed it alone.
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    Psyillium and fiber

    FEED MORE hay and feed psyillium. Do not feed honey, you couldn't not feed enough to the horse to move much sand without killing the horse. I spend 4 years as a vet tech helping do autopsies on horses that DIED from sand in the gut. And I also spent that time treating others that lived.

    Psyillium and more fiber (hay) is the ONLY thing that works well enough to be recommended.

    I worked as a Veterinary Technician while stationed as Ft Huachuca AZ. I spent 4 years in Arizona with quite a bit of time treating over 50 sand colic cases on governement horses.

    Here are my experiences
    1. Psyillium did NOT caused a case of gas in any of the 200+ head of horses we finally prescribed it to.
    2. Psyillium WILL remove sand, even accumulated sand. And it WILL remove LARGE quantities of sand. Evidence of this was found in the multiple PILES of what should have been manure that ended up as mainly sand from the horses gut. We maintained clean pens with our colic horses and we witnesses first hand the deopsition of almsot 100% sand piles instead of manure.
    3. Feeding additional forages DOES help keep the digestive tract cleaner from dirt and sand, but not always. Even horses that were in small pens with a free choice hay rations still ended up with detectable sand in the intestines.
    4. Bran was of NO use in removal of sand.
    5. We tried EVERY type of psyillium Pelleted, crumbles AND Powder. There seemed to be NO difference in effectiveness between the types. All seemed to work as effectively. However we did not have any special research studies, just the evidence of the manure piles and the recover of the colicing horses.
    6. We used the doseage recommend on the package and yes every brand is different and every brand SEEMED to work well at the dosage recommended.
    7. Psyillium used on a monthly basis REDUCED the total number of colic cases we treated. Before we prescribed the psyllium for the entire heard, we saw on averge 3-5 colics a month. That dropped to less thant one colic per month. the herd size was around 200 horses on average. The horses that were chronic colicers (averaged a colic per month) ended up with less than one colic per year.

    First 5 horses with impactions were treated the following way:
    Tubed with mineral oil and water.
    Pain meds
    IV fluids for dehydration
    And enemas.

    ALL 5 died and were necropsied. Average amount of sand was 35 lbs wet
    weight.

    After we started treatments with psyillium we only lost Two horses.
    One horse was NEVER treated for colic. He was found dead in the
    pasture. Necropsy reveled impaction due to hay and dehydration.
    One horse had excess gas and bloat and ruptured his stomach. We did
    NOT loose another horse to the sand impactions after we started
    treatments with psyillium and using psyillium as a preventive.


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    We get a lot of sand colics here where I live. The vet told me to bran my horses, it's cheaper and does the same as psyllium.
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    Bran does not work. It is NOT effective in removing sand. Please reconsider.

    http://www.californiastatehorsemen.com/sand.htm
    Once a horse already has sand accumulation, PSYLLIUM is the only way to get rid of sand (short of surgery). There are many different psyllium products sold by veterinarians and feed stores, ex: Vet-Lax, Equi-Aid, etc
    A common misconception by owners is that bran will treat sand colic- Bran will not remove sand from a horses digestive tract.

    http://www.equiaid.com/news.htm
    Treatment of sand colic varies, depending on severity. There is a common misconception that bran will help move sand out of the intestinal tract. Studies have shown that bran has a high insoluble fiber content and does not significantly remove sand from the intestine. Another common remedy is oil, which will either float over the top of the sand or make it move all at once. Oil is an intestinal lubricant that is more effective in fecal impaction than in sand impaction. The best treatments of sand colic may involve the use of intravenous pain relievers, surgical removal of the sand, intestinal lubricants and bulk soluble fiber. An excellent source of soluble fiber is psyllium husk that contains approximately 80% soluble fiber. Because of its soluble nature, psyllium absorbs water in the gut, becomes gel-like and moves with the natural contractions of the intestines.


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    I would go the Psylium, sorry I had forgotten about that one. but in the short term honey is a good starter. they will lick it off the spoon but you can put it in their feed. It is a good additive anyway.
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    Great!! Well now i am scared, and i want this fixed as soon as possible!! Questions: What is psyllium? Where do i get it from? And what are the costs involved? Hopefully i can get it in australia, but seeing as you know what it is shirrine, i am sure there will be no problem with that one!! So yeah, if you could tell me what this stuff is, and where i get it from i can get onto it straight away!!
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    Talk to your feed store person they should have it and if not should be able to get it in for you.
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