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hello sir, why a horse is made to lie down or keep standing on sand when they get struck by colic?

Hi Rohit,

Thank you for your question.  I've never heard of a sand surface having any special ability to help in colic cases and I'm not familiar with making a horse lie down in the midst of a bout of colic.  Traditionally, colicky horse are kept moving in a gas colic to help move the gas out of the large intestine and are hand walked during an impaction colic because movement increases rate of passage which may help move the blockage.  I would see the benefit of allowing a horse with a torsion colic to rest and not move, as these horses are in a tremendous amount of pain.

Thanks, Corlena  

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Corlena Patterson


I can help with any of your horse nutrition questions and concerns. I have been involved with horses for closing on 40 years, with a B.Sc in Animal Science and currently working on an M.Sc in Equine Science with the University of Edinburgh. I have owned my own feed store, consulted professionally as an equine nutritionist, and lectured in the fields of equine and dairy nutrition at the University level for 5 years. I have developed and currently market 'Ration-X', a ration formulation program for horses...designed for the everyday horse owner. I am happy to help in any way I can.


Experienced in developing and implementing feed programs for horses of all disciplines, creating custom horse supplements and managing inter-disciplinary equine facilities. Specialize in equine nutrition consulting.

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M.Sc (Equine Science-current), B.Sc(Agr) Animal Science, Equine Sports Massage Therapy Certification, Farrier Certification, Equine Consultant Certification, Certified Equine Appraiser, Certified in Emergency Equine Rescue.

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