Sand Testing to reduce the risk of sand colic
⏳ Horses grazing sandy soils, kept on bare or overgrazed paddocks/track systems or being fed in a ménage are at risk of ingesting sand. For these horses we recommend a dung sample be taken at intervals through the year and checked with a sedimentation test to assess sand levels in the gut.
This is because sand is a relatively common cause of colic in horses. It gets ingested as they graze and can accumulate in the colon over time. Here it irritates the gut lining and, in sufficient quantity, has the ability to cause impaction of the gut which, if not treated in time, can be fatal.
In this video we faecal sand test two horses and look at ways to help reduce gut sediment levels where these have accumulated. Our sand test kit won the British Equestrian Trade Association (BETA) 2020 Judges' Choice Innovation award and is an easy way to monitor this aspect of your horse's wellbeing.
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If you have any health concerns about your horse please consult your vet.