View Full Version : Sandy grazing????????
16th Mar 2002, 08:17 PM
Has anyone out there got any horses that graze on sandy pasture?:rolleyes:
If so, have you got any tips or names of supplements that a can use for my three because their grazing on pasture which has quite a high content of sand.
16th Mar 2002, 10:13 PM
this post is in general!! that has a few replys!!:)
16th Mar 2002, 11:46 PM
I'm not quite sure about your post (my problem, don't worry!), but I'll try my best!
If you mean your horses are out in basically sand, and you throw hay out for them to eat, why not buy a few rubber mats, and make them a "place-mat" for them to eat on (put the hay on the mats, that way they don't consume any sand). Sorry if this is not what you mean!
17th Mar 2002, 09:37 PM
Thatís not quite what I mean Maci. Basically I have three horses, which graze on grass, which grows on sandy soil. The reason for this in my case is because the field is close to a beach, which has a lot of sand dunes (sand hills).
17th Mar 2002, 10:01 PM
You have to be careful of impation colic with sandy soil. Ingestion of quantities of sand over long periods can cause a blockage and thus colic
18th Mar 2002, 09:49 AM
There's a product either called Psyllium or containing it that is used to help prevent sand colic. You give it for 1 week out of every 4 and it helps to clear sand out of the stomach, intestines, etc (its the build up of sand that causes the colic). It would be worth asking your vet about it if you can't find the product elsewhere.
If you search on US websites that sell supplements you should be able to find out brand names, etc.
19th Mar 2002, 08:49 AM
There are ponies here that graze on the sand dunes and eat seaweed from the beach. So long as they are getting sufficient fibre there should not be a problem.
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