Haylage is a specially prepared forage with a high dry matter content of over 40%, making it a preferred choice for horses as well as various farm livestock. Its production focuses on achieving a minimal dry matter content to ensure a lower reliance on fermentation for preservation, thus minimising the risk of Clostridia contamination.
Impaction colic is a common and potentially serious condition in horses, characterised by a blockage in the intestines due to firm, dry masses of feed material. Given the sensitivity of the equine digestive system, understanding and managing this condition is crucial for horse owners.
During autumn pasture turnout, particular attention must be given to horses prone to laminitis or suffering from insulin dysregulation. Additionally, due to changes in diet and grass composition, this time period increases the risk of digestive problems like colic and acidosis.
This is my horse – Star. She is a 13yo Irish Draft. Unfortunately with the rate of grass growth this year Star has suffered a few episodes of spasmodic colic. A recent episode required a short stay at the vets. Our vet reached the conclusion that the grass was causing the colic episodes and suggested that we give EquiNectar a try.
This is Max. He has a previous history of glandular gastric ulcers. We started EquiNectar as he had a bout of being colicky and uncomfortable earlier on this year. When he visited the vets he was scoped – which was was clear. He had an ultrasound which showed a mild thickening of his intestines.
The United Kingdom’s recent weather patterns, characterised by substantial rainfall followed by abundant sunshine, have led to a surge in grass growth. This rapid growth, while seemingly beneficial, has had unexpected consequences on the equine population, causing bloating and, in extreme cases, colic in horses. This article aims to shed light on the risks and changes to a horse’s digestion related to this accelerated grass growth.
We are delighted to share a lovely story from our customer, Diane Marshall: “I have a 10 year old ISH 17hh gelding Nelson who I bought as a rising 5 year old. For 3.5 years we had the best time – he is a phenomenal hunter and we also did a bit of low level
One of our customers, Rachel Shields, sent us this touching story: “Unfortunately we have the worst experience of gas colic. Our mare MiMi had gas colic several times leading up to March 2021 when she had a particularly bad episode which led to her being admitted to our local equine hospital. This wasn’t the first time she had been there and on the previous occasion she was monitored and then came home, but this time was different, from the tests and scans we were advised that if we didn’t operate she would need to be put to sleep.
My name is Dr Rosemary Waring. I have spent my career as a toxicologist. I have a particular interest in digestion and the chemicals produced by the gut microbiome – when this complex mix of bacteria, viruses and fungi goes off-balance, a variety of toxic compounds are produced and these can lead to illness or poor functioning.
Spring grass is rich, nutritious and in susceptible horses, a cause of colic. Learn how to navigate the risks with help from a senior vet and two equine nutritionists.