Autumn is here. It is a change of the seasons, from warm summers–some areas quite warm–to cooler nights, change from grazing to hay, and other things. And that means one has to be aware of situations that could lead to your horse having colic.
HERE is an article that everyone should read: “Top 4 Colic Risk Factors” by Dodson & Horrell in the U.K.
This is a very informative article. And it points out various things one has to be aware of at the start of Autumn.
I once had a filly, a north European warmblood, who was quite prone to colic at the end of Summer. During the Summers when it was especially warm (higher than normal), it seemed the risk for colic increased when September arrived. Quite suddenly the nights were cooler–and this was often quite a drastic cooling down within one day’s time. For instance, doing a gradual change (a well thought-out plan) from pasture grazing to feeding dry hay was necessary.
The change of seasons, whether Summer-Autumn or Winter-Spring, is a time when we all need to spend more time around horses and ponies observing how they eat. Important also is to observe their droppings in the stall, this will tell you a lot about how their gastrointestinal system is doing at the moment and could even alert you to a potential colic.
By Karin Susan Fester
Commentary/opinion above is my own. There is a direct link to the article on the Dodson & Horrell website