Monday, March 25, 2019

Vet Visits and Thoughts on clearing sand?

No issues here with teeth.
 The vet came out for spring shots and teeth floating. Gwyn's blood was pulled for her coggins, so I can get on with putting in my ride entry for Brighton. The ride manager knows I'm coming, but I'd at least like to get her that form with the coggins so it's taken care of.
Little Miss I fight the Vet through heavy sedation was good overall too
 I did ask about the cantering issues and possible SI problems. Vet palpated but didn't really find much. She suggested that since I'm not seeing associated lameness, it could be sand and took a listen to Gwyn's guts for the characteristic sand sound. Apparently having some sand just makes them feel heavy in back and protest getting up and underneath them. Sure enough, there is some sand in there, so now I'm mulling over how best to clear her. Basic research has suggested that just free choice hay is the best way to clear out sand, better than sand clear, and she gets that now. I bought psyllium husk anyway from costco to start adding just in case.  Your thoughts?

I also scheduled a chiro adjustment. We'll at least get a better sense of where she is with that when that vet comes out.

The vet was really happy with Gwyn's condition and said it's better than most horses she sees in the spring. YAY! I was pretty happy too and I'm glad to have that confirmed by someone with a better eye for such things.
 I've been letting them into the smaller pasture when I'm home since the ground isn't as torn up and the grass isn't grazed to the dirt. Saffron practically drags me to the pasture when I get out both their halters. It's super cute.
 I think they're happy. Later, Saffron laid down as well.
Hazel came out to help with feeding time Sunday evening and I asked her where the horses were. She looked across and exclaimed, "I SEE SAFFRON!" Then she just took off across the property to go say hi. I love the light in this photo.

Then, since we are riding more and actually working up a sweat, I clipped Gwyn. It's no more than what you see, and I'll reevaluate after our next ride to see if she needs more. With the weather forecast as it is, doing something this minimal means I don't feel terrible about still not blanketing and can toss a sheet on if absolutely necessary.

So, what have you  found works well for clearing out sand? I obviously haven't had a huge enough issue to cause a colic, nor do I want to reach that point. If clearing out sand from her gut is what it takes to help her figure out the canter better, then that's absolutely a step I'm taking. It's WAY cheaper than doing a joint injection.


  1. I’ve never heard of that. This is why I love reading blogs. I learn something new all the time. I know Smartpak makes a supplement for sand but I have no experience with it.

  2. Read my last post regarding sand removal, been getting extra experience with it lately. Sand Clear always worked for us in the past, until it didn't this last time. Vet said for some horses you need the bigger guns. On last x-ray (last week) he was down to about 1/3 of the amount of sand he had and it was all scattered throughout his system so on its way out. Assure guard makes a specific sand removal supplement, the one I mention is the high level version for bigger issues like what I'm currently dealing with. Feel free to reach out if I can help.

    PS we need to discuss when we can do a meet up this year. :)

  3. Psyllium helps a lot, Equerry's Sand Master works really well though expensive.