Using Nutrition to Prevent Horse Colic
By Purina Canada
Low water intake remains the most prevalent cause of nutrition-related impaction colic. The following circumstances describe the most common reasons why your horses may be reluctant to drink:
- When the horse’s water-saturated pasture is suddenly replaced by dry hay;
- During autumn, and especially in winter, when cold water reduces your horse’s water consumption;
- When the horse is served a new water source, or the watering system is modified (e.g., transition from a pail of water to automatic waterers);
- During long periods in transit that result in high levels of stress and discomfort;
- Following a very intense workload or extreme physical exertion that brings about significant stress, fatigue, and dehydration.
Any situation leading to dehydration will place the horse at risk unless the activity is followed by compensatory water intake. Horses are dangerously vulnerable during hot and humid weather, especially when engaged in exercise that is not counterbalanced with subsequent efforts to promote water consumption and rehydration.
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