The horse no matter the breed is basically designed to process hight amounts of low nutritional quality forage.

Colic is still the number one cause of death in the domesticated horse

 

Colic kills up to 10 out of 100 horses/year (Kaneene et al., 1997; Tinker et al., 1997)

 

Recent changes in feeding can be a factor (14D) (Cohen et al., 1995, 1999)

 

Amount: daily feeding of concentrate at 2.5 to 5 kg/day increased colic risk 4.8 times and > 5 kg/day increased colic risk 6.3 times compared to horses fed no grain (Tinker et al., 1997)

 

Changes in hay can have an effect (Cohen et al., 1999) (alterations in colonic pH, VFA production, colonic microflora,

HORSES ARE MADE TO EAT ALL DAY LONG LOW NUTRITIONAL HIGH QUALITY ROUGHAGE

 

-HORSES IN FREE NATURE EAT PRACTICALLY ALL DAY AND WALK ENORMOUS DISTANCES. THIS IS QUITE OPPOSITE TO HOW WE KEEP THEM NOWADAYS.

 

-EPIDEMIOLOGICAL STUDIES SHOW THAT WE AS HORSE OWNER CAN DO A LOT TO PREVENT OCCURENCE OF COLIC