Tip Psyllium Husks
Do you keep your horse on a paddock or on a heavily grazed field? Take a look at why it may be a good idea to give the Psyllium Husk.
What is Psyllium Husk?
Psyllium Husks for horses consist of dried husk from the plant Plantago Psyllium or Plantago Ovata. Husks have a very high content of easily soluble gelling active fibers.
Why are Psyllium Husks good for horses?
When the horse is on a paddock with heavily grazed or no grass – or muddy paddock, it is almost impossible to prevent it from eating sand/soil.
Sand is heavy and accumulates in the large intestines causing great trouble and may cause chronic diarrhea, ileus, colic. Often time and again.
If you give Psyllium Husks to your horse, fibers of the shells will form a thick sticky gel that assists the intestine to carry the sand through the horse’s system and out as manure.
Here it is important for you to be aware that the gel effect is in the shell or shells and not in the seed as such. Thus, seeds are not what you need to have if you want to remove sand, although they are cheaper to purchase.
How to check if your horse has sand in his intestines
The simplest way to determine if your horse has sand in his intestines is to take a sample of fertilizer (2-3 bulbs) and put them in a plastic bag and pour water on. Shake to mix.
Leave the bag to hang for a few minutes. If there is sand in the stool, it will fall to the bottom of the bag fairly quickly and you can clearly feel the sandy sediment.
If there is no sand in the stool, it does not mean that your horse does not have sand in his intestines.
The test must be repeated daily for 5 days with negative results, before you can be sure that your horse has not accumulated sand. The reason why is sand’s ability to settle in the appendix. The appendix is a kind of pocket, and nothing passes through it.
If you find sand in the stool (so much sand in the bag that you are not in doubt about what it is), the horse must be treated for it. Do not place your horse on the paddock until the conditions there – which caused the problems in the first place – have been taken care of.
Psyllium Husks help both treating diarrhea and constipation
Psyllium Husks are generally good for the horse’s digestion. Psyllium Husks help horses having diarrhea, wet flatulence and constipation.
When the horse eats Psyllium Husks, the shells are mixed with liquid from the horse’s bowel, resulting in a thick gel. When the thick gel slides through the horse’s gut, it will either gather some loose manure and thus help to normalize the consistency of horse manure (droppings) – or help a sluggish manure to slide through the intestines, preventing the horse from getting constipated.
Only recently it was discovered that soluble fibers have a fantastic effect on the digestive system.
The fibers of the Psyllium Husks gelling ability is significantly higher than in other products used for cleansing the bowel because of sand accumulation, such as flaxseed, psyllium, etc.
Do you have an old horse?
Especially older horses can benefit greatly from Psyllium Husk, as they may have reduced peristalsis and reduced bowel function following damage from worms and diverticulosis.
Dosage horse (500 kg)
By cleansing given 100g daily distributed over one or more feedings for 30 days.
To prevent recurrence given half a dose.
Always remember to give Regulator Complete to your horse as Regulator Complete helps keep the balance of intestinal flora.