Sand Accumulation in the Gut

The accumulation of sand in the gut of the horse can present many clinical signs.  Sand Intestines with sandaccumulation can be common especially if the soil around barns and pastures have a high percentage of sand.  In addition,  if you are supplementing your horse’s diet with hay that is placed on the ground, you may be increasing the likelihood of the ingestion of sand.  Some common issues that can arise from a horse with an excessive amount of sand in the gut are:

  • Diarrhea
  • Weight Loss
  • Sand Colic
  • Abrade the intestinal wall limiting its ability to absorb
    water and nutrients

Fecal GloveOne of the east ways to roughly determine the amount of sand that is present in your horse’s intestinal tract is to do a fecal.  One part of the fecal is to count the amount of parasitic eggs are present in the feces.  The other part of the fecal is to suspend the feces in water and let sit for a couple minutes.  Due to the weight of the sand, the sand will settle first and pile up on the bottom with the rest of the fecal matter settling on top of it.   This is another reason that it is very important to at least do 1-2 fecals a year.  Contact you local veterinarian to determine how a fecal test can be added to your regular preventative care.

Anoka Equine’s ProgramsMN Soil content

  • Preventative Care Days
  • Wellness Program
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