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Re: [RC] Coastal Hay - Cowgirgoof

University of Fla vet hospital will tell you that their highest incidence of 
impaction colic is due to coastal hay. 
I personally have fed it for the 27 years I've owned horses in Fla, and never 
had a problem until recently. The horse I compete seems to be able to do OK on 
coastal as long as he's not working too hard on it. As soon as I would trailer 
him to rides or morning training rides, he would begin this strange 
"gassy/crampy" behavior out on the trail that I always thought was 
"hyper-motile" gut (in the form of loose wet gas or projectile manure balls). 
He is not nervous at all and non-Arabian, so I never was inclined to believe it 
was nerves. I finally discovered after a couple of seasons of him being in 
misery (he never really colicked except once) that it turned out that the 
coastal hay was impacting. Now he is on T & A and is a whole new horse on 
trail.(I'm also giving some beet pulp and bran to balance the 
calcium-phosphorous ratio)
I believe some horses can handle it and some can't depending on their 
individual gut function. 
Becky Siler and Moyle Miles (just recently a "new" horse!)

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