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Old 04-07-2005, 07:30 AM  
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Removing sand from the gut...

All the talk of colic lately got me wondering about the best product for sand removal. Also, I think it is one of those 'not talked about' things that we should be talking about for the sake of new owners.

I recently jumped off the Bran wagon, and started using psyllium. I found the product called Sand Clear recently, and wondered about your thoughts. (Now that I am 5 days into using it already! ) The 3 pound tub seems to be just enough to do Strawberry and Emma for the week it recommends.

Anyway, any opinions?
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I use metimucil, it's 99% psylium same as sand clear for a whole lot less money. One big jug of it last both my horses the 7 days required every month.
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I have a horse who is a chronic colicker, and I have searched high and low to find the best products. I used Sand Clear, it is great but a bit too pricey. I used metamucil too for a while then I discovered a product called Fiberpsyll, by SELECT the best, and it works wonderfully, it's about half the price of Sand Clear and it comes in 5lb or 15lb containers. You feed it for three days and then stop three days. The 5lb bucket is a 60 days supply for $12.00. It's active ingredients are Psyllium, Bran and Beet Pulp. So it's got Alllllll the gut clearing goodies in it Also I have my horse on XTN competitive feed by Nutrena. It is high in oils and it helps keep my mare moving. So there's what I use, hope that helps.
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Old 04-08-2005, 12:08 PM  
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I agree with mitrakrider-- our barn is a sand base in the pens (we do live in the desert after all, lol) and I asked my shoer about Sand Clear-- she said don't waste your money, go with metamucil. Easily done, lol. But slightly embarassing to buy enormous jugs of metamucil at Wal-Mart.......

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Old 04-08-2005, 07:39 PM  
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So the cashier looks at you like this---->
And you are looking like this----->

Anyway, how do you measure out what to give them with the metamucil?
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removing sand from gut

Also you can use generic metamucil which is even less expensive and has the same amount of active ingerdients. Some dollar stores carry it or Wal-Mart carries a generic. I use the scoop provided in container once per day for 7 days in a row once per month. HeeHee, that was a mouthful! Stormy
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removing sand from gut

Speaking of sand in our horses gut...Do you know how to tell if your horse has an overload of sand in their gut? I use a quart jar... put about 4-5 balls(Those are big ones) of poop in it...fill remaining jar with water...put on lid...shake,shake,shake Let stand 1/2 hour or so and check the amount of sand in bottom. Poopy floats to top and sand will fall. I figure if the ring around the bottom of the jar is filled then your horse is overloaded. Its metamucil time!!! Stormy
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Stormy, our monthly Horse and Pony magazine had an article that said how to do it in the latest issue!!! Weird! I guess that's what spurred this thread!
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Muttduck, How did the article say to check the sand? Some use a clear rubber glove. I find the jar the best way to explain it to others. Have you tried it? Stormy
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Nope, EXACTLY like you posted. The jar method!
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If you have a stethoscope you can also hear sand in the gut. It sounds "swish swish" like water moving.

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I get mine at Sam's Club. I get a huuuge tub for like $5
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