Products I Use For Colic

January 28, 2013

Vet In Discussion With Horse OwnerWhen I have a horse that is colicing the first thing I do is listen for gut sounds. When checking for gut sounds use a stethoscope and check the upper and lower parts of the stomach be sure to check both sides in the flank area.

You should hear gurgling sounds. If there is an absence of gut sounds that could mean an impaction, but if you hear pinging sounds that usually means gas colic. If a horse has diarrhea or colitis the gut sounds are constant. Click here to see exactly where to listen for gut sounds. 

After I listen to the sounds I then syringe in their mouth a mixture of DynaPro with DiGize. If they have no gut sounds I add in some Cayenne extract because it stimulates the digestion and gets it moving. I massage their abdomen on each side working the massage back toward the hindquarters (be careful as some horses when in pain my kick). I also mix DiGize and Peppermint essential oil in with some olive oil (can also use coconut or almond oil) and put a little on the navel then pour the rest on the front frogs. Read what Dr. Schulze had to say about using cayenne pepper.

The other thing I do is check the horses capillary refill rate and for dehydration. These are good things to know if you have to call a vet. The way you check the capillary refill rate is by lifting the upper lip then take your thumb and push firmly on the gum for two seconds then release. You will see a white mark, take note of how long it takes for the blood to return to that area. Normal refill time is 1 to 2 seconds. If it takes longer than two seconds it could mean the horse is in shock.

The way you check for dehydration is by doing the pinch test. Pinch some skin on the horses neck, if the skin flattens back down in less than a second the horse is ok. If it doesn’t, then it probably means they are dehydrated and have not been drinking enough water.

When I use the protocol above I make sure I give this to my horse every fifteen minutes until I see improvement. If after thirty minutes I don’t start seeing some improvement I call the veterinarian. If your in doubt don’t wait call immediately. I’ve had years of experience helping horses with colic and getting them over it, but if I need a vet I will call them.

Make sure you listen to you horse’s gut sounds before anything goes wrong so you know what is normal that way when something does go wrong you will know what to tell your veterinarian. 

NOTICE/DISCLAIMER:  I am not a veterinarian and I do not offer medical advice to others. The following is not intended and should not be viewed as a substitute for appropriate veterinary or medical care.  Any information provided herein comes from my personal experiences and from various companies, health care professionals and individuals who have researched and/or dealt with the health issues included in post.  Please use what feels appropriate to you, and consult with your allopathic, holistic or homeopathic veterinarian or physician for proper diagnoses of medical issues before proceeding with the suggestions contained herein. 

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Kim Wende

Kim Wende, C.E.I.T (Certified Equine Iridology Technician) is the founder and owner of Passionate Horsemanship in Merkel, Tx. She is a Coach, Mentor and trainer that has over 35 years of experience working with horses. Kim teaches women how to understand and effectively communicate with their horse so they will stay safe, gain confidence and have the horse that is enjoyable to be around. She also teaches them how to use holistic products and methods with their horse so they can save time and money or know what to do before the veterinarian arrives.

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veterinarians state.veterinary medicine October 23, 2013 at 6:30 AM

Greetings! Very helpful advice in this particular article! It’s the little changes that will
make the largest changes. Thanks a lot for sharing!
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Sarah Wilson September 17, 2013 at 5:40 PM

Totally with you on the DiGize! I used it just a couple days ago with a 3 year old I’m-in-heat-and-my-tummy’s-upset maiden mare. We’re talking down and rolling. in 10 minutes she drank and by 20 minutes she was wanting hay. I’m thinking about becoming a Dynamite distributor. Great post!


Kim Wende September 19, 2013 at 1:02 PM

Glad your mare is doing good now. The day I wrote this post I too had a mare colic and like you my mare also was totally turned around within 20 minutes. If you need more information about Dynamite let me know as I am happy to help and would love to have you on my team. Thanks for letting me know you liked the post.


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