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Sharon M Roboski (Roboski)
Posted on Friday, May 3, 2002 - 2:17 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

For the last three years or so I've been
reading(here and elsewhere) that using psyllium is of questionable benefit in clearing the gut of sand. I try to follow safe feeding practices and routinely test for sand in manure, but have felt even if it might NOT help I'd give psyllium anyhow. I mean, it's only money, right,gang?

A good friend who is the most obsessively careful horse-owner I have ever known and who doubles the amount of psyllium she feeds (along with safe practices) will pick up her daughter's postcolic surgery mare tomorrow. Sand colic!

So, my question is, who among us has given up on psyllium? I think I might do that. Of course, I just fed a double dose to all of them last night because my husband did tractor work in the paddock yesterday and all the horses had to mess around and taste the new dirt!
The vet in Gainsville told my friend that free choice hay was probably the best prevention (other than, of course not feeding on dirt, yadda, yadda...)So, any non-psyllium sucess stories,.. horror stories??
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Elizabeth Donahue (Paul303)
Posted on Friday, May 3, 2002 - 7:49 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

woooo boy, Like you, Sharon, I know the research. I understand it and I believe it. But try as I might, I find I can't NOT use it. It's like throwing that pinch of spilled salt over your shoulder. Then, why SHOULDN'T it work? I KNOW what Metamucil does for MY gut.
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Robert N. Oglesby DVM (Dro)
Posted on Sunday, May 5, 2002 - 9:47 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

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