Preventative and Cleaner for
Sand $AU $25 ( to cover Legal Insurance as I am not a Vet. I am a
THIS IS NOT A PRODUCT. IT IS A RECIPE!!! IT COMES VIA EMAIL!!!! NOT POST.
I think Sand Colic may be the biggest killer of horses in Australia. It has long concerned me, but I wonder how much it concerns the Veterinary Community, here or Internationally.
I also think that Sand Colic has become a bit of a "Cash Cow" for the Veterinary Industry and this may be the reason why I cannot find any definitive studies that assist with the prevention or cure of this dangerous horse affliction, which in my observation, is way too prevalent. After conducting exhaustive investigations into the available studies, I am left with the opinion that not enough has been done by the Research Community.
I make the following points:
IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME
Hi so an update in my horse
diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease, bought your sand colic recipe and
hoped for the best after $1000 bucks worth of vet bills and i get staff discount
and one of the best equine medicine specialist later no improvement. The horse
looked like death and i was about to get my husband to get of out the gun. Gave
him your recipe and waited wow there was some sand holy crap indeed, spoke to a
vet that is a little more conventional that i also work with and she admits to
using your drench on here own horses and that i could not tell any of the other
vets she did (afraid of their response is suppose) so your theory that the sand
could be causing the inflammatory response was right!!! The conventional vet
said also the honey would act as a natural anti inflammatory as well. The horse
has stacked the weight back on and as shiny as ever.
How’s things? Good luck with that Shetty? He looks like trouble J
I have finally got around to giving your sand colic recipe to my friends TB. Given that I like to see the proof in the pudding so to speak. I collected a fresh sample the day after and proceeded to ‘sieve’ it to the best of my ability. Who knew that would be so hard! Much later and wishing that I had worn gloves I came up with what I have in the picture. A) how does it look and B) did I sieve it right?
20th May, 2010
4th January, 2009
Dear Mr. O'Leary
From: Tony Brown
Regards Tony and Renata
I take it my $10 was cheaper than the Vet :) I happen to know that a third Party has supplied the Vet with the Family treatment but like all Vets, they can only use what Vet School says. What a shame for horses, except your lucky one. Glad to have saved her. We got a bucket of stones up to 12mm out of a horse that had come home from the Vets a few years ago. The horse is now at Kadina. His name is 'Bigfoot' Some of you may know him. The same Vet practice had treated a yearling Riding Pony that was dying. 7 days later, they brought him around to my place. He was lying against the wall of the stable on an angle like a drunk. We treated him and by pure chance, the next morning I was in his yard when he began squirting a laundry bucket of pure sand. 100% pure sand. He now lives at Yankalilla. He was 10 hands high at the time and as I said, 12 months old but in a sandy paddock at the top of Seaview Road. Paraffin Oil is a failure and psyllium has not been proven. Well done.
Here is a recent study:
Having owned and run agistment centers' throughout our career, I have keenly observed hundreds of horses that have come down with Colic. I have tracked their prior feeding regimes, stabled management by owners, exercise schedules, etc.
Given the fact that our horses do not get Colic, (TOUCH WOOD) here are the results of my life time observations of the prevention of Sand Colic. First to similarities:
Why then do our horses not get Sand Colic or any type of colic, come to think of it?
Other reasons why:
Here is the cause of $1,000 Vet account of last week.
Close up of the Fresh Mould.
SELECTION OF HAY
Horse owners must be absolutely vigilant when purchasing hay for their horses. Lots of Hay sold in Fodder Stores is riddled with weeds of many descriptions. Lots of Hay is of a substandard quality. Some is moldy, mice infected and some has chemicals which can also kill your horse. Some horses are allergic to some of the chemicals that the Lucerne Industry uses and can suffer from horrific symptoms ranging from swelling of the lips, the throat or lumps all over the body. Some Lucerne Growers use a die to make older or weather beaten hays look new. They also use anti-mould agents. These too can affect horses.
Horses that do not like their hay go scavenging for every small bit of what they do like. They go searching in the dirt and sand. Think about it.
You can't trust all of the Farmers or the Fodder Stores. You have to make your own judgments. You have to educate yourself. You have to know what is good feed and what is bad. Most City Folk do not. Here is what hay from our local Fodder Store did in one season.
Buy a large rubber mat and put it beneath your hay net. 2 metres by one metre. Paramount Browns.
The Farmer, one of the States biggest Professional Hay Suppliers, sent this from Quorn in the Far North and infested every front boundary of every Farm between there and Adelaide. Incidentally, the purple flower is the plant known as Salvation Jane or Patterson's Curse. IT KILLS HORSES.
Provide a road base feeding site in your paddocks. (or even cement)
DEATH INVOLVING COLIC
It is perhaps relevant to give out observations of the reasons for horses dying from Colic.
CONFUSION AMONGST VETS
Why is there so much confusion amongst the Veterinary Community, regarding the treatment of Colic? Why is it that the Vets are really operating on a 'wing and a prayer' when it comes to this treatment?
If 24/7 supervision exists at your Vet Clinic, there is no better place for the horse to be.
This is the key to success. There is no doubt about that. If you can recognize the symptoms, BEFORE rolling, and you take the correct steps, you should save the life of your horse.
This is the secret to the 100% success rate of cases where we have personally had charge or responsibility.
One of the biggest causes of Colic is the failure of owners to go the hard yards for their horses. A rather large percentage of horse owners, own a horse so that they may visit a stable complex and enjoy the fellowship of other horse owners' and the gossip that goes with it. Just like Saddle Club but only for oldies. Nothing wrong with gossip, just do it around the Round Pen if you are a groomer, not a rider..
Apart from these points and others, there are very few options for treatment in the knowledge base of Vets. There should be more. They are stuck with the Paraffin Oil theory and not much else. Not their fault. This is obviously all that comes out of the Colleges.
Why does Pony Club not teach every kid in the land about this subject? Why don't the other Institutions? Why does not the Vet Peak Bodies see to it that the multitudes are education? Why is there no written information given out?
AN ALTERNATIVE VIEW
I notice a new wave of Colic has hit this State. I have thought long and hard over the years, very observant, analytical, thinking outside the square and reading horses. I have cut a lot open and conducted further investigation in the search for knowledge.
We lost a 3 year old last week. Twisted bowel before it arrived at our place for treatment. No sand, no worm damage. A giant impaction larger than a Basketball. Nothing in the lower bowels. No matter how good your treatment is at that stage, nothing will work. It is too late. But what triggers bouts of Colic attacks in Districts or areas? Ever wondered?
I have come to the conclusion that it is mostly weather related. Sure there are other factors that compound the conclusion but the trigger is weather related. I have never read such an opinion amongst the countless searches of Veterinary Studies World wide so forgive me any Vet who reads this.
There is no doubt that the 3 year old died of Colic simply because of a change in the weather which triggered playful rearing, fighting and rolling. During the aggressive rolling, which I note is different than normal rolling when letting a horse out of the stable into a paddock, they accidentally twist the bowel. The other interesting observation that I have made is that a certain conformation of horse can be susceptible to such a fate. The pod gutted type that looks half pregnant all the time.
Last night, another lovely performance horse belonging to a client, died of Colic after running around and sweating. She had a twisted bowel. Just 5 minutes ago, a lady rang with another one. I suspect sand but the trigger being 42 degrees and sweat causing rolling. If this is true, and I believe it is, it goes directly against some Vet opinion that it matters not if horses roll whilst having Colic and proves the danger of Vets leaving your Hospitalized horse unsupervised in a yard over night. Yet another angle on the greatest cause of death in horses.
I have asked but they cannot supply any studies or proof that it works.
A yearling riding pony colt came to us a few years ago. It had been on deaths door with sand colic 7 days prior and was drenched by a very respected horse Vet. With Parrafin Oil. When it arrived, it was having extreme difficulty in standing up and was using the walls of the stable as a prop. The level of pain must have been massive.
We treated the poor little boy with an alternative treatment that had been passed down through the family over a couple of generations, from Uncle Joseph O'Leary, one of the most regarded Horse Vets in Australia, back in the 1940's. Go here for that cure. In Naracoorte, in the South East of South Australia, the Horse Cemetery was owned by my Family. They used to cut all the horses open and check their guts. 4 gallons of sand was often seen and was obviously the cause of death of many horses. The District is sandy.
For many years, I have been promoting this to various Vets but to no avail. (Didn't come from Vet school so how could it be any good) Every month I prove them wrong and Jo O'Leary right.
Contact me for details regarding the treatment.
4th August, 2005.
Here is a photo of manure taken from one of our horses that was treated 10 days ago. This has been evacuating from this horse every day and still going.
Large File and close up for Broadband Users.
Now I want you to bear in mind that this little 'fulla' was only 10 hands high and a yearling. The following morning, in front of our eyes, he passed a 4 litre bucket of pure sand. Thus proving that Paraffin oil treatment does not work. This also showed just how much sand a horse can ingest and not eliminate, in 12 months.
On another occasion, and there have been many, we had an 18 hands high Shire. He had been seriously ill for 48 hours and had been treated by two Vets', with no effect. In the end, we drenched him with our recipe and the following morning he passed approx 5 litres of gravel with stones up to 12mm in diameter. Thus proving that Paraffin oil does not work as the main remover of sand but it can obviously aid in compaction type colic and is a good indicator of things passing through the system. Veterinary opinion given to me recently agrees with this and the Vet added that drenching with water does a better job. My point here though, is that don't necessarily think that because your horse has been drenched with oil that it is going to be rid of sand. Don't rely on that fact, for your horses sake. Pour Paraffin oil in a bucket with sand. Swish it around. Watch the sand settle immediately to the bottom of the bucket and the Paraffin sit above. Now imagine the oil in the gut at 40 degrees C. Would it thin more? Would the sand in the bottom of the gut be settled hard and contain other gunk within it? Would it be swirling around so that the oil could catch it? I think not.
'NEVER LET A HORSE GET DOWN IF YOU SUSPECT COLIC'
CAUSES AND TREATMENT OF RUNNY MANURE
ANOTHER O'LEARY FAMILY HELP
One O'Leary Yarn and another remedy for you from my Uncle Joe the Vet. Dennis had a horse that was on deaths door. The exercise had been going for two days and Dennis knew the time was near where he would have to shoot the horse. The horse incidentally was 30 years old. As a final straw, he drenched him with another O'Leary Family remedy, a packet of Creme a tarta in the hottest possible water that could be used. Then he put the horse in the float and gave him a rough ride to the Pub, got two stubbies and then to the Abattoirs. Pulled up right next to a yard with a big old Bullock in it and who was near the fence. The horse was on the left side of the float and when Dennis opened the door, the horse put his head straight out as they do, looking straight into the eyes of this bullock who immediately roared like a Bull. The horse was besides himself of course. Anyhow, he drank the two stubbies while the horse had Kittens and then drove home. As he came out of the float, he opened up his legs as he was walking and dropped 4 big rock hard plugs of manure and immediately almost went to sleep at the tie up rail. He left him tied up there all night so he couldn't roll and the next morning there was a wheel barrow of wet sloppy manure covering a metre square of ground and up the adjacent walls and post. Guess what, he was on the ride today, fit as a Bull and looking magnificent. Meanwhile, if you are ever constipated, take a teaspoon of it in hot water and make sure you aren't too far from the toilet hahahaha.
SOME OTHER UNPROVEN TREATMENTS
When a horse has Colic, it is too late to be experimenting with new treatments. Here are a couple of others that associates declare does work.
"I was wondering if you know about the use of weetbix to help shift the sand from a horses stomach. We have used it on many horses that we have rescued from sandy ground. We normally feed approx 6 weetbix wet them down so that they are a gluggy paste and feed to the horse. This seems to sit in the horses stomach and when they poo it out it brings some of the sand with it. If large quantities of sand is suspected then we repeat 2 days later. We also place 2 to 3 weetbix in their morning and afternoon feed each day just dry and broken up. "
Equine Care Group Australia
-we got a horse from a Sandy area where he's been for three years - NOTHING
would fatten him NOTHING.
I do not say that it does not work. I think the possibility that it works is far higher than Oil. I now have found a Vet who drenches with it, rather than oil.
Thankyou so much for giving me the home remedy for sand colic. We administered
it on Monday night and over the following three days our yearling Arabian colt
passed over a kilogram of stones and grit. He is now on the mend and much
Here are the results of one of the few studies that I have been able to find. This is the only real attempt at testing the effectiveness of Psyllium. The product failed and yet Vets everywhere recommend it as a treatment.
TI: Failure of psyllium mucilloid to
hasten evacuation of sand from the equine large intestine.
Should anyone come across documented evidence of any such product that works, could you please let me have it?
SOME EMAILS AND COMMENTS
Had a registered Vet administer a packet of Epsom to one today. "I wonder if they thought they had a clue?"
I tried your sand remover on my miniature, I wasn't
quite expecting to see pebbles and stones though. No poo
Very interesting, the head surgeon from Murdoch uni gave a talk on colic. He was the first vet I have heard admit that oils don't remove sand, but they use it as a gauge to see if the horse is passing manure or has a complete obstruction. I was hoping to catch him on his own and mention your web site about your recipe. I tell people about it - but won't give it to them as I think you deserve your money for it. I have given it to my horses, and touch wood have only used it as a preventative not for actual. But was great to see how much passed out of our new guys, and the different colours of sand etc from the different areas they have come from!!
MANURE OF THE STABLES AND YARDED HORSES
Healthy Manure (our Stallion)
Unhealthy manure of a horse that had just gone to the Hospital for 8 days.
If your horse has manure like in the photo on the right, you could have Colic approaching!!
Excuse the photo's. At last I have the excuse to get a new one. Yay.
So, I hope these experiences can help your horses in the future.
Oh, if in doubt, send your horse to Dr. Green for a couple of weeks. That is the best cure of all.!
Useful information but note the conflicting opinions amongst Vets.
A retrospective study of 40 horses that underwent surgical treatment for sand colic was performed. Three horses were euthanatized and one died during surgery. Of the 36 horses that recovered from anesthesia, five died before discharge from the hospital and seven died after discharge. Twenty-four horses survived at least 12 months. Sand impaction of the right dorsal colon was present in 26 horses. In addition to sand impaction, 10 horses also had colonic displacement or volvulus.
FROM A THIRD YEAR AUSTRALIAN VET STUDENT
That said, the main recommendation is actually to use
psyllium as a preventative, although my lecturer admits there is no hard
evidence that it is successful, and the volumes that need to be given to be
helpful are in the extreme (0.5-1.0g/kg body weight). I had a hard enough time
trying to convince my horse to try a cup full, let alone half a kg!
13th February, 2008
CONFIRMED. Parrafin Oil removes 26.1% only
Mineral oil, a traditional equine laxative, clears sand from the equine
intestine more effectively when used in conjunction with psyllium, according to
new research from the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, in Austria.
These results are especially important for horse owners in geographical areas
where the incidence of sand colic is high.
Thanks for your enquiry about the O’Leary Family Sand Colic preventative recipe. Invented by Jo O’Leary, Vet. in 1940
It has been since 1940 and there has NEVER been a complication
Remember, there are all sorts of forms of Colic. There are other reasons for symptoms of Colic too. Ulcers (treat with the wormer) and Worm infestations. Consult your Vet.
There are a number of different types of Colic but this treatment is only for Sand!!!
This is for Sand and should be used twice a year or on bad Country , 3 monthly. It is a preventative and cleaner. It works and there is no doubt about that. 100%. You will notice a marked improvement in the Coat of the horse later.
They will eat it in a hard feed if you make them. MAKE THEM. STARVE THEM prior, lock them up over night and FEED NO HAY or anything else. Feed nothing else until they eat it. They all turn their nose up with anything new and they will with this. Then, next time, they eat it not a problem and some drink it from a bucket. The life of the Horse rests with the intestinal fortitude of the Owner and I say that because of the weakness in Society these days :(
For horses that have been confirmed with copious amounts of sand, repeat 14 days later.
This treatment is NOT sold or recommended as a cure for Colic attacks. However, on many occasions, after the Vets have finished their treatment, we have cured horses with it, where they could not.
This treatment is not to be left UNTIL you get a Colic attack and then ring me!!!! It is a PREVENTATIVE!!!!
Kind regards to you and your horse.