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Date Posted: 09:43:23 01/18/11 Tue
Author: Megan
Subject: Feeding Friesians
In reply to: Denise 's message, "Feeding Friesians" on 18:53:08 01/17/11 Mon

Hello Kay,

We feed our 3 1/2 year old gelding about 3 lbs of Purina Strategy every day, mixed with bran and 1 supplement (Omega Horseshine) and he gets 2 big flakes of hay each feeding and usually 1 more big flake at lunch time.

But be careful. The cause of your little girl's colic may not have been what she's eating. Instead the cause may have been that she wasn't drinking enough water. I've seen more horses colic in the winter due to dehydration than any other time of the year. Because of this I'm a HUGE stickler about having 2 buckets of water in my horse's stall and I even warm it up a bit. Horses don't want to drink water that's ice cold in the winter, just like we don't want to, and if their water is too cold, I've found they won't drink as much than if it was lukewarm or room temperature. I also have a Himalayan salt lick in my horse's stall to encourage drinking even more. If your horse does not drink enough in this cold dry winter weather, an impaction is more likely to happen because there is not enough "lubrication" to keep things moving through the gut smoothly, and things start to get stuck, causing the impaction and colic.

So be careful before you start switching around your growing filly's feed. She will need as much nutrition as possible as she grows. Her feed may not be the problem, or it may. I'm just letting you know that lack of water is a pretty big factor in colic this time of year if you are in fact in a cold weather climate. I live in the Northeast so our winters are pretty tough. I once boarded at a facility that lost a horse to colic every single winter because the horses were not getting enough water due to lack of access to it. That's why I'm such a stickler about it now. I hope this has helped. :) Keep your filly's gut moving with ease, make sure she has access to plenty of clean, lukewarm water. :)

Megan

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