Happy Thanksgiving everyone! The weather here has been up and down, hot and cold, with quick extreme temperature shifts. This is causing problems with the horses in the area. Yesterday Teddie's horse Jazz almost coliced showing bizarre behavior and had stopped eating and passing manure. We kept a close watch on him along with having our wonderful vet, Dr. Mat Mathews, come out to give his opinion. Mat said no fever, no gut issues, and no apparent problem but just in case to keep an eye on him. Mat also said that he had an abundance of calls within the last 12 hours and most of his older horses were having problems with colic.
That was yesterday, today Jazz is now eating and doing everything else normally again and his spirits are good. Jazz is 26 years old, he does not know he is old as he is very health horse. I think this is because of the amazing connection and attention to his care that Teddie gives to all her horses. Teddie has owned Jazz since he was a baby.
With the drastic changing weather of hot and cold it is hard on horses and especially the older ones. Teddie was ahead of this situation and because of her precautionary measures he made it through. This is what she did: she gave her horses Robin’s tea (we have the video below explaining how to make it) and this helps a horse's water intake.
Also, two weeks at the start of the new season (weather change) she feeds a mixture of half a scoop of equine senior, a splash of flax seed oil, a pinch of salt, a splash of red cell, and a scoop of Sand Clear with some cut carrots for taste. This helps clear the sand they may have eaten, and helps move things through a bit easier so when the weather changes there is no added strain on their digestive system. So far so good and it has been working for many many years.
Please let us know your stories and if you have any secrets to keeping colic away.
Have a great weekend and Happy Thanksgiving! Be on the lookout for new horse and human sightings and may the horse be with you.