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Date Posted: 15:15:52 03/20/10 Sat
Author: Sarah
Subject: Friesians and Bananas
In reply to: Cat 's message, "Friesians and Bananas" on 23:31:00 03/12/10 Fri

I was very interested in reading the article you posted but I was unable to do so. The link didn't work. Is the article still available? My mare had a torsion colic and survived. I would like to know more about this subject. My mare too loved bananas, but I didn't ever give them to her with any regularity. Interesting topic...

>Hi Kelsey:
>Yes, I have heard and read this before (you can check
>out this link about the tortion colic theory here. ( rel=nofollow target=_blank >rel=nofollow target=_blank
> but where are the actual studies like you wrote?
>At one point, a few famous Friesians passed away at a
>young age all due to colic and it seemed like the
>theory was valid.
>I think I will go wtih your suggestion and give him
>half of one instead.
>Thanks! Please keep us posted if you ever find out
>more info regarding this theory.
>Hi Cat, that is pretty interesting to me. I've been
>>doing a research project over the past year on the
>>health problems of Friesians, particularly related to
>>colic. I can tell you that there are very very few
>>health studies (single digits) on Friesians in general
>>that I have found in my research, fewer on gut health,
>>and none on potassium breakdown. I'd be interested if
>>she knows of any. That said, there is certainly alot
>>of anecdotal information that Friesians are more prone
>>to colic.. proof of that, and why that might be is
>>Anyway, I do not have any professional knowledge of
>>Friesian's nutritional requirements, but in my
>>experience, I have known quite a few who love bananas,
>>and there have been no dire consequences that I have
>>seen. If it were me, I would take her advice into
>>consideration but just cut down on the bananas, giving
>>him only part of a one, and less often.

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