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Seasonal Changes

As we are approaching winter, many horses have to adapt to changes in their environment. However, unavoidable changes in the daily routine such as the duration and quality of grazing, spending more time in the stable and changes to diet by adding additional forage sources, are all factors known to predispose horses to colic. By applying a few basic principles and monitoring a few basics, you can pick up any potential problems early in order to deal with them quickly and effectively.

Any changes in a horse's diet or routine should be made slowly and gradually over several weeks. A normal horse should produce 5-7 piles of soft but formed faeces per day. A decrease in the number of faecal piles as well as small, hard or mucus covered faeces may be observed before a colic episode. A normal 500kg horse should drink at least 25 litres (1 large bucket) or water a day. Make sure that horses have clean, fresh water in close proximity to their hay, since horses tend to drink more water while they are eating roughage.

If you have any concerns or would like any advice, please feel free to contact any of our vets.