SandBuster is designed to feed to horses exposed to dry or sandy conditions, where accumulation of sand may have occured in the hindgut.
SandBuster contains a blend of ingredients each selected because of their unique action on causing increased rate of passage, becoming gelatinous and supporting intestinal mucosa repair.
Horses can graze very close to the ground, and when grazing on sandy soils, or fed in yards/stalls with a sandy floor, they can often inadvertently take in sand. Under most conditions this is not an issue, however under some circumstances due to the sand being heavy, it can accumulate in the hindgut and cause a blockage and abdominal pain. The movement of sand through the intestines depends on the rate of passage of the digesta (undigested food).
Due to the ongoing drought conditions seen in most of Australia, the risk of sand colic and sand related blockages is increasing, as horses strive to find pasture to eat. Many horse owners feed hay on the ground (which is a healthy way for horses to eat as it mimics the natural grazing practice), but as the horse eats the last of the hay they often accidentally consume some of the dirt or sand that is underneath.
The accumulation of sand can be exacerbated when the rate of passage is slow.
What you can do:
• Provide hay or feed in feeders off the ground
• Avoid overgrazing if possible
• Feed a supplement that swells when added to water, and assists the clearance of sand in the faeces
Feed once daily for 8 days once a month, or as required.
Can be added to feed or fed alone.
Always provide access to clean water.
Feed: 1 x standard cup per day (125g)
Recommended rate based on a 500kg horse
SandBuster can be fed wet or dry. We don’t recommend soaking it, we recommend feeding it immediately after adding the water so that the Sandbuster is still swelling and becoming sticky as it is fed to get maximum benefits.
A proprietary blend [ Psyllium husk, CoolStance® (Coconut meal), Montmorillonite ] 125g.
How do you find out if your horse is at risk of sand impaction colic?
Horses can graze very close to the ground, and when grazing on sandy soils, or fed in yards/stalls with a sandy floor, they can often inadvertently take in sand. Under most conditions this is not an issue, however under some circumstances due to the sand being heavy, it can accumulate in the hindgut and cause a blockage and abdominal pain. The movement of sand through the intestines depends on the rate of passage of the digesta (undigested food). Read more
What is Psyllium husk and the benefits of Psyllium husk for horses?
Psyllium husk is a natural fibre derived from the seeds of the Plantago ovata plant. It is commonly used in equine supplements like SandBuster due to its unique properties and potential benefits for horses. Read more
Feeds and Feeding for Sand Colic
Sand colic is the accumulation of sand in the hindgut which can be caused when the horse eats feed from the ground or pasture that is cut too short, especially when the soil is of a high sand content. The build of sand is simply what is being ingested minus what is being passed. Large amounts of accumulated sand will require surgical intervention to remove the sand from the caecum. Often, untreated sand colic can be fatal. Read more
7 Best practices to help manage horses on sandy conditions
- Feeding Practices: Avoid feeding horses directly on sandy ground. Provide hay or feed in elevated feeders, mats, or platforms to minimise sand ingestion during feeding. Utilise slow-feed hay nets or grazing muzzles to encourage slower eating and reduce the intake of sand along with the forage. Read more
How to detect if there is sand in your horse intestines. This does not tell if your horse has sand impaction.
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