Psyllium Husk for horses helps prevent sand colic and manage diarrhoea.
Sand colic is a risk for horses kept in sandy areas, especially if they are grazing or fed from the ground. Ingesting dirt (for example on short pastures, drought periods) also increases the risk of colic.
Psyllium husk is the main ingredient in human over-the-counter constipation powders. When you wet Psyllium, it is immediately apparent how it helps! It swells quickly and becomes slimy. Diarrhoea is inhibited via the absorption of excess moisture and bulking up of faeces, and constipation is alleviated by the stool being softened, and the encouragement of bowel movement by the extra volume.
Benefits of Psyllium Husk for Horses
- treat and prevent sand colic (always call a vet if your horse is showing symptoms of colic!)
- correct diarrhoea
50 grams of psyllium husk per 100 kg bodyweight for 5 days in every one month and repeat if necessary (not every month unless your horse is grazing on dirt, sand, or in drought conditions).
This routine will help to remove any sand or dirt that may have accumulated in the hindgut. It is particularly important to do this if you horse is receiving restricted amounts of pasture or hay each day.
Extremely Important: Ensure the horse has plentiful access to water, the aim is to improve passage of food through the gut, inadequate moisture can add to impaction. Adding extra salt to the feed whilst using psyllium can assist with increasing water intake. Do not feed psyllium to a horse whose gut is impacted.
DO NOT feed psyllium continually as a preventative measure for sand colic. Gut microbes in the colon can adapt and will “digest” (ferment) the psyllium, which will result in less effectiveness.
As a precautionary measure, do not administer oral drugs of any kind simultaneously with psyllium. Separate them by a couple of hours so that the psyllium does not lower the absorption of the medication.