SandAway® is made from psyllium husks - a powerful but natural way to regulate the bowel movements of horses and a valuable way of expelling sand from the gut.
Psyllium husks for horses are made from the outer coating of the seeds of the psyllium plant and are a rich source of soluble and insoluble dietary fibre. The husks are able to absorb water and this makes them expand and become mucilaginous. This gelatinous mass then moves through the digestive system helping to support natural peristalsis (gut movement). In cases of loose droppings, the psyllium husks give the stools bulk.
Horses cannot digest psyllium husks, so the husks can help to eliminate undigested and unwanted material from the gut - including sand - which is transported and expelled at the same time through the stools. The husks are also helpful in eliminating toxins.
Sand colic can be a problem for horses that live and graze on dry, sandy pastures. The horse can unwittingly ingest sand which - left untreated - will eventually form a dangerous blockage in the horse's gut.
- 30% mucilage, mainly xylose, arabinose and galacturonic acid
- Dietary fibre
- Vitamin B1
- Support healthy gut movement and function
- Expel sand from the gut
- All horses or ponies grazing on short grass, especially on sandy pastures
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Feed daily for one week each month.
Feed dry for loose bowels. Soak first in water to make a gel to support constipated horses or to clear gut. In all cases make sure your horse has access to plenty of clean drinking water. If you are in any doubt, please contact your vet for further advice.
When psyllium husks combine with water or other liquid they form a gel-like gelatinous mass. This can move through the digestive system - by the process of peristalsis (wave-like muscle contractions of the intestine walls which move matter forwards) - soaking up any toxins that can then be flushed out of the body in the stools.
Psyllium husks for horses can be a useful way of dealing with a condition that arises when horses have been grazed on sandy soil leading to sand getting into their gut. In the UK sandy soils are found in South West and South East England, East Anglia and parts of the Midlands and South Wales.
A test to see if your horse has sand in his gut is to take some fresh manure from the top of a recent pile, so it has not touched any sand on the ground, and put it in a jar and add a lot of water. Shake the jar until the manure has virtually dissolved and then leave it to stand and settle. Any sand should settle first meaning you will clearly see a layer of sand in the bottom of the jar. The more sand there is, the more sand your horse has inside his gut.
Too much sand would eventually cause a blockage, so psyllium husks for horses can shift this sand out of the gut. It would be wise not to administer psyllium husks at the same time as any medication as the properties of the husks would reduce the absorption of the drugs.
Psyllium husks give the stools bulk which enables them to stay in the intestine longer. They do not contain any gluten and they may also be useful for supporting healthy cholesterol levels.
Ayurvedic medicine – traditional in India - recommends psyllium husks for cleansing the colon, regulating the bowels and cleansing the blood.
The psyllium seed’s flaky, pale husk has been used by herbalists for many years to support healthy gut function. It has virtually no smell or taste.
The psyllium plant, or Plantago ovato, is native to India, but it also grows in parts of Asia, North Africa and the Mediterranean regions where soil contains silt and sand. The plant is widely cultivated in Pakistan and India.