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Dec. 25, 2009, 06:04 PM
I am looking for a digestive supplement to put my horse on while she is being boarded in Wellington to prevent sand colic and was wondering which one to use. I am currently torn between Psylllum and Sand Clear. What have you used and what do you think works best?
Dec. 25, 2009, 07:26 PM
We have used both, psyllium is less expensive and we haven't had a colic while on it. We buy in bulk instead of paying $$$ for a small tub of Sand Clear. Haven't had a horse with sand colic since my very first horse, we live in the sand.
Dec. 25, 2009, 09:12 PM
Look at the ingredients of sand clear...it IS psyllium, just more expensive.
Dec. 25, 2009, 10:09 PM
I get the biggest containers of orange sugar-free Equate (own label) psyllium at WalMart. IIRC it is $7.99 for the largest size.
Dec. 25, 2009, 10:48 PM
Walmart (or Sams Club if you can find it) is the best. At our farm we have a rotation of pastures that are on it. Sand sand sand and we cant help it. Its just Florida.
Dec. 26, 2009, 12:59 AM
There are tons of threads about this on the Horse Care forum.
I haven't fed a specific sand supplement in years. We just feed lots of hay. And mine are out 24/7 on sand.
Ironically, the only sand colic I have had was a horse who had come in the day before from another barn who did the monthly psyllium supplement, but who did not feed much hay. Similar situation with the other sand colics I have been around. All have been in horses who were on regular sand clear, but who got only a couple flakes of hay a day. Didn't seem to matter the type of hay, more the quantity.
Dec. 26, 2009, 01:31 AM
Apart from the product, if you use psyllium, are you feeding one week of the month or one day a week or???? cannot seem to get s straight/consistent answer. :confused:
Dec. 26, 2009, 03:24 PM
We feed Psyllium Fiber Blend by Equus International. You can get it in 50 lb bags so it is economically priced and it is very palatable. We feed one week a month. As an aside, our nutritionist says we are just wasting money as good quality hay moves sand out of the digestive system just as well.