Kathy asks about "twisted gut", bute and more…

So…..do you know what causes a twisted gut?

I see folks talking about it and I'd like to avoid it. The mare that boards here is on your products: Weight Check Oil, Joint Check, JustAddOats, Bug Check. She is in pain most of the time. They brought bute with them to give her when she gets her feet trimmed. She gets a full scoop of Joint Check each day. OH it's been diagnosed as soft tissue damage–in left rear leg. Practically falls over when you lift her leg–in fact I often only clean front legs. So should I only use bute for trimmings or maybe a couple of times a week?

She is finally eating almost all of her supplements-always leaves just a dab. Would you recommend using their own aged manure on their hay pastures? And finally, how do we get rid of moss from our pasture? He was going to fertilize this year but I asked him not to.

Whew! Thanks for any info you can give me

Kathy

Hi Kathy, here ya' go…

Q. Do you know what causes a twisted gut? I see folks talking about it and I'd like to avoid it.

A. twisted gut is a colic situation. the best prevention is our feeding program www.WhatToFeedYourHorse.com, (esp. our Red Cal) be sure to see the articles on salt and minerals in the magazine and the "why red cal" article in the library section of our website (also on the WhatToFeedYourHorse page) , and fecal exams (see www.wormcheck.com ).

Q. The mare that boards here is on your products: Weight Check Oil, Joint Check, JustAddOats, Bug Check. She is in pain most of the time. They brought bute with them to give her when she gets her feet trimmed. She gets a full scoop of Joint Check each day. OH it's been diagnosed as soft tissue damage–in left rear leg. Practically falls over when you lift her leg–in fact I often only clean front legs. So should I only use bute for trimmings or maybe a couple of times a week?

A. Very seldom will I use bute for anything as it frequently leads to gut problems. I would just increase the Joint Check until you find the amount that works in helping with this situation. It might take 2 scoops maybe up to 4.

Q. She is finally eating almost all of her supplements-always leaves just a dab. Would you recommend using their own aged manure on their hay pastures?

A. Absolutely!

Q. And finally, how do we get rid of moss from our pasture?

A. Sorry, I haven't a clue on this one as we have no moss in pastures where I am from… don't want to guess so I would suggest maybe your county extension agent may be able to help.

Q. He was going to fertilize this year but I asked him not to.

A. This is great. Usually always good to lime however.

Thanks For Asking!

TheNaturalVet

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