The husk of the psyllium seed is one of those plant remedies which demonstrates "the ingenuity of nature" in providing a substance which may be able to treat contradictory ailments - diarrhoea and constipation - depending on what is needed.
Psyllium is high in fibre and mucilage and when combined with water it swells to many times its original size, becoming slimy and gelatinous. Diarrhoea is inhibited via the absorption of excess moisture and bulking up of faeces. Constipation is alleviated by softening of the stool and the promotion of bowel movement by the extra volume.
For horses, its ability to pick up sand and move it through the gut is particularly valuable in the prevention and/or treatment of sand colic. Periodic addition of psyllium to the feed is practiced in some sandy soil areas.
It is vital that horse have access to plenty of water.
Do not feed to a horse whose gut is impacted.
DO NOT feed continually as the horses colon will adapt and therefore reduce its effectiveness.
Check with your vet before administering oral drugs whilst feeding psyllium as in some cases it can reduce the absorption rate of the drug.
It is reported that horses prone to sand colic can be fed 50g per 100kg, for up to 5-7 days a month.
May be of benefit for improving or promoting health or production or performance. Consult your vet before treating any illness.