New Publication: Preventing Sand Colic
Colic is a generalized term for any type of abdominal pain in the horse, most commonly digestive tract pain. There are multiple causes of colic, these include gas build up, a blockage or impaction, a twisted bowel, and enteroliths, among other things. In Arizona, sand is a relatively common cause of colic. Horses ingest sand from the soil along with their hay, grain or pasture/range forage. This sand can build up in the digestive tract over time and eventually cause colic.