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Ask the Vet – Beet Pulp, Cranky Mares, Sand Colic, and More! – February 2017



You asked, we answered! In this episode of our monthly series, Ask the Vet, Dr. Lydia Gray and SmartPaker Sarah answer your questions about the difference between founder and laminitis, beet pulp as a hay replacement, supplements for cranky mares, sand colic, cross-country moves with a horse, and more.

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Questions answered in this episode:
1. What is the difference between founder and laminitis?
2. During the winter, it is hard to find hay for sale in my area, so I feed my 12-year old mare beet pulp. I have read that beet pulp lacks in nutrition and vitamins. Is there a better alternative for beet pulp or some sort of supplement I could be feeding her in addition to beet pulp?
3. Tips or favorite supplements for when mares are cranky and on their cycle?
4. How can sand colic be avoided in the months with less rain for fresh grass?
5. My dad is going to retire from the military probably in March next year, and for us that means we have to haul my horse from North Carolina to Texas where we plan to keep him at my grandparent’s house. Are there any vaccinations and tests I need to have for him before we go, and what do I need to look out for health-wise when we get there? We’ve always done cross-country moves before but never with a horse.

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4 comments on “Ask the Vet – Beet Pulp, Cranky Mares, Sand Colic, and More! – February 2017
  1. Elaine says:

    I have heard that you can substitute Black Sunflower Seeds for psyllium. Is this true and if so how much do I feed? Thanks.

  2. Judy Hurst says:

    My sister has a rescue horse the creature is skinny to the bone. And his past owner actually put a saddle on him and rode him. My sister got some weight on him after a yr of trying everything she knew or read to help. He was doing well but suddenly lost a lot of weight and his manure was more like water he gets rode apples some times like a normal horse. Do u have any ideas how to put weight on this poor animal.? Thankyou for any help

    • Spirit of Hope Farm says:

      The best way to put weight on a horse is to have the vet check the horse over, starting with teeth and fecal exam. It shouldn’t take more than 3-6 months at most to recover a severely malnourished horse if it is otherwise healthy. Parasites and bad teeth will make food less available to the horse so those have to be resolved first. All he can eat hay (good quality horse hay) and access to fresh water 24/7 is essential. One of my favorite things to feed malnourished horses is soaked hay stretcher with beet pulp and a little rice bran oil in it to make a warm mash, ideally 4 or more times a day. Smaller amounts more often is definitely better than 1 or two heavy meals a day. Hope this helps!

  3. Judy Hurst says:

    Where can I find an answer to my question?

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