Horse Gas

Natural equine remedies for relief of chronic stomach bloat and excessive gas (farting) in horses.

    remedies to relieve stomach bloat and chronic gas (farting) in horses

    Select a Topic

    1. What is Horse Gas?
    2. What Causes Horse Gas?
    3. Help for Horses with Gas
    4. More Information on Horses with Gas

    What is Horse Gas?

    Although most animals pass gas, careful attention needs to be paid to horses that pass gas frequently.

    If your horse is passing excessive gas and has other gastric symptoms, is a serious and potentially life threatening condition known as colic may be the cause. Most horses will be ‘gassy’ from time to time, and if your horse shows no other symptoms, it is usually harmless (but smelly!).

    If you hear significant amounts of gas rumbling when you place your ear to your horse’s abdomen and your horse is passing manure, you are most likely seeing colic activity. However, unless your horse is passing a great deal of loose runny stool, or seems in pain, the outcome is usually favorable.

    Note: If you are unsure, or if your horse shows signs of pawing, looking at the flank, stretching out, lying down, and, in some cases, rolling – then consult your vet.

    What Causes Horse Gas?

    Gas is caused by the fermentation of waste products and food in the intestines. It can also result from inadequate access to roughage, poor parasite control, stress, and administration of certain medications.

    Help for Horses with Gas

    Treatment for gas or gas colic usually includes IV administration of an analgesic, hand walking, and tender loving care. Your veterinarian may decide to give the horse some mineral oil or other mild laxative to move the gas through the intestinal tract. Never give your horse human laxatives, or any other medication without consulting with your vet first.

    Natural Remedies

    There are many homeopathic remedies that can help to provide digestive support to horses and eliminate gas and abdominal problems. Chamomilla is a homeopathic ingredient that has been used in both ancient and modern times to calm the digestive system and address abdominal cramping and bloated stomachs.

    Aconite napellus and Belladonna get to work on a cellular level to promote healthy digestion and calm in the digestive tract, intestines and bowels. To address chronic flatulence and excessive gas related to colic, Colocynth and Nux vom are beneficial and can be used regularly to support healthy stomachs.

    More Information on Horses with Gas

    Tips related to horse gas/farting
    • Feeding: Remove your horse’s food when it stops eating. Periods of fasting throughout the day are very important for effective digestion and detoxification. Establish a daily feeding routine and stick to it. Divide daily concentrate rations into two or more smaller feedings rather than one large one to avoid overloading the horse’s digestive tract. Never put feed on the ground, especially in sandy soils.
    • Diet: Ensure your horse is eating a high quality diet comprised primarily of roughage. Avoid feeding excessive grain and energy-dense supplements. (At least half the horse’s energy should be supplied through hay or forage. A better guide is that twice as much energy should be supplied from a roughage source than from concentrates.)
    • Activity: Regular exercise (but not directly after your horse has been fed) will help to keep your horse healthy and can often help with flatulence problems.
    • Risk assessment: Set up a regular parasite control program with the help of your equine practitioner. Check hay, bedding, pasture, and environment for potentially toxic substances, such as blister beetles, noxious weeds, and other ingestible foreign matter.
    • Hydration: Provide fresh, clean water at all times. (when the horse is excessively hot limit it to small sips of luke-warm water until it has recovered.)
    • Emotional care: Reduce stress as horses experiencing changes in environment or workloads are at high risk of intestinal dysfunction. Emotional or physical stress can have an effect on digestion, so keep your horse calm and relaxed.