When your horse has hardened manure, loss of appetite or anxiety, it could be suffering from constipation. The cause of constipation varies, and can include the horse not eating, circling around its stable, laying down and rising frequently or kicking at its abdomen. This life-threatening condition is very common in horses and needs to be taken seriously. To treat constipation, you must become attentive to your horse's actions, according to the Native Remedies website.
Bring your horse to the vet for examination. The vet will place a tube into the horse's nose and pump a water and laxative mixture into the horse's stomach. Laxatives, such as liquid paraffin or Epsom salt will enter the stomach and exit the horse's anus. Ask your vet to administer pain killers if your horse is uncomfortably trembling and sweating.
Mix one litre of boiling water with four teaspoons of chamomile powder. Give the solution to the horse when it is time to eat. If you have a full flower, feed the horse ½ cup during each feeding time.
Give aconitum napellus to your horse if the constipation is making the horse agitated and easily frightened. Feed your horse ½ cup per feeding. Keep feeding your horse the lavender flowers until its stools are loose and your horse is normally passing manure. Rub your horse's stomach to help its digestion.
Feed your horse some belladonna flowers. Get the prescription from your veterinarian and administer the medicine by putting the flowers or powder into the horse's food. Follow the dosage instruction on the medication's bottle. Wait a week for the medicine to calm your horse's digestive tract, intestines and bowels.
Many people believe that Colocynthis is a great herb to use for your horse's constipation, but this herb is poisonous and does more harm than good. Chamomile could increase the probability of blood clots and increase your horse's heart rate.