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Equine Colic Solutions

Comparison of Equine Colic Relief, Equine GutFlush, & "SayWhoa!"

There are several great colic remedies on the market that are trustworthy as your first line of defense against colic. Equine GutFlush (EGF), Equine Colic Relief (ECR), and "SayWhoa!" are all similar products that are used to stop common types of colic. At the first sign of colic symptoms, the colic remedy can be given to help relieve the horse’s discomfort and digestive issues. Just one 4-ounce bottle is used when a horse is showing signs of colic. Currently Matrix only offers Equine GutFlush for sale as it is the most affordable and has a study on file with details on its use and effectiveness.

Equine GutFlush are all-natural formulas designed to be administered at the first signs of colic. They are similar products with the same aim - to stop normal bouts of colic. The products are for normal types of colic and based on user testimonies, they all have 100% efficacy in stopping normal bouts of colic. Having a bottle available and ready to use enables you to take immediate, positive action for your horse.

It is recommended that all barn owners should have a bottle of Equine GutFlush on hand to administer when a horse shows colic symptoms. It is important to still notify your veterinarian and have them on call in case it is not a normal case of colic. Closely monitor your horse and call the vet if there is not improvement.


  Equine GutFlush Equine Colic Relief "SayWhoa!" to Horses in Distress  
Types of Colic Normal bouts: gas, sand, mild spasmodic, impaction
Serving (Dose) 4 oz (1 bottle) 4 oz (1 bottle) 4 oz (1 bottle) Equine Horse Colic Remedies
Adminstration Orally, directly from bottle Orally, with plastic syringe Orally, with plastic syringe
Wait Time
  • 10-30 min for bowel sounds to return
  • 45 min (or less) for horse to feel normal
  • 10-30 min for bowel sounds to return
  • 90-200 min for horse to feel normal again
  • 10-30 min for bowel sounds to return
  • 90-200 min for horse to feel normal again
Primary Ingredients Potassium, calcium, fennel, peppermint, Irish Moss, "Oarweed" seaweed, within a proprietary blend of select herbs Irish Sea Moss, kelp, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, glycerin, magnesium, vitamin D3, and peppermint oil Irish Sea Moss, purified water, vegetable glycerin, Vitamin D3, calcium, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, peppermint oil, sorbitol, and molasses
Study on file Yes (click to open PDF) No No
Manufacturer Pure Earth Products, LLC Equine Colic Relief Horse Sense Solutions (SayWhoa.com)
Cost (as of 5/27/15) $70 around $85 (unreliable sources) $89

How The Colic Remedies Work

Normal Types of Colic
These colic remedies only relieve normal bouts of colic. This includes sand, gas, impaction, or mild spasmodic colic. Abnormal cases need vet attention.

Equine GutFlush and the other colic remedies were all developed to work naturally with a horse's internal system and their ingredients appear to stop bouts of normal colic. Without using drugs or causing negative side effects, these colic remedies are able to work in unison with the horse's body to stop colic. ECR usually resolves normal colic in 90-200 minutes and with Equine GutFlush horses tend to feel normal again in 45 minutes or less.

The combination of ingredients in these colic remedies each have a variety of positive effects on a horse’s digestive system. If a horse has an impaction, any of these colic solutions can soften the impaction allowing it to pass through the horse’s bowels. While it does not actually supply fluids, EGF, ECR, and SayWhoa are believed to draw fluids into dehydrated bowels, leaving them hydrated and ready for replacement solutions. Equine GutFlush and they other remedies also work with the horse’s body to help restore ionic solutions, which are necessary for the bowels to regain motility. The last benefit is that these colic remedies help dissipate excess gas and relieve distention.

These internal improvements can be noticed by the return of bowel sounds, which is reported to occur 10 to 30 minutes after administering one bottle. As the digestive tract is re-hydrated, anything contained within the bowels is naturally moved forward. The natural biological and physiological processes inside the body of the horse integrate with the ingredients, and as they work together it takes between 45 to 200 minutes (depending on the product used) for the body to pass the dissipated gases and the softened impaction. At this point your horse's bout of colic is over.

When you use this solution to stop colic, all of this is accomplished without causing your horse any trauma, stress, or pain and without drugs or negative side effects of any kind. It has even been documented that many horses returned to competition only hours after their bout of colic ended.

Is It Working?
Whether you choose to use Equine GutFlush, Equine Colic Relief, or SayWhoa, an important tip for first time users is to remember to give it time to work.

horse drinking indicates colic is relieved
drinking is a sign of improvement
Horses, like humans, do not all respond in the same time frame or in the same manner to a product. Based on user testimonies it was found that if treating normal colic then within 10 to 30 minutes after ingestion ECR returns rhythmic bilateral abdominal activity. This means you'll hear returning or stronger bowel sounds in your horse. This can be monitored either with a stethoscope or by placing your head directly on each side of your horse's abdominal area to listen. With Equine GutFlush, it was reported that in 45 minutes or less horses are feeling completely better.

If your horse's abdomen was fully distended before you gave it one of these natural colic solutions, it can be necessary to wait an extra 10 minutes (for a total of about 40 to 50 minutes). A high level of distention usually means the abdomen contained excess gas and/or the bowel was fully impacted. If after the extra 10 minutes there is still no activity, only unilateral sounds and the horse shows no signs of relief, this indicates its abdominal pain is due to an abnormal bout of colic. These horses do not have normal colic and need immediate medical and/or surgical intervention.

Distinguishing Sounds - know when to call the vet
Neither Equine GutFlush or the other remedies will not resolve abnormal cases of colic so it is important to monitor your horse's bowel tones to determine if your horse is improving. It is also necessary to be able to identify healthy sounds.

If you hear gurgling and a rumbling like a train coming down a track, then healthy bowel sounds are returning and the digestive remedy is working to stop the bout of colic. On the other hand, if you hear sounds like air being let of a tire or only hear sounds on one side of your horse's abdomen this is not a normal bout of colic. No sounds or sounds like these can signal a possible blockage by an obstacle or large amounts of sand, a rupture, twist, torsion or displaced bowel. In this case call your vet immediately.

First Line of Defense Agaist Colic

An equine colic supplement - Equine GutFlush, SayWhoa, or Equine Colic Relief - should be your first defense against colic. If your horse is suffering from a normal bout of colic, administering one of these colic solutions will literally stop the colic in its tracks, according to user testimonies. Equine GutFlush, SayWhoa, and Equine Colic Relief are designed to increase motility of the gut, relieve gas, calm spasms and soften any dried, impacted material. In other words, these dietary supplements are designed to actually addresses the causes of common colic, rather than just the symptoms.

When a horse is colicking, people commonly use flunixin meglumine (Banamine®) to help stop the bout. Flunixin meglumine is an NSAID (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory), pain reliever, and fever reducer but does not address the actual issues within a horse that have caused the colic to occur. 

Because SayWhoa, ECR, and Equine GutFlush integrate with your horse's internal system and works in unison with its body, it stops colic naturally. Having one of these colic remedies on hand can give you peace of mind knowing that you have a remedy to help your horse at the onset of colic.

Microcurrent & Colic Treatment: If you're looking for more options to help you in the case of colic, microcurrent can also be used to help provide comfort to the horse. For more information, read the article Colic Solutions: Microcurrent or ECR.

*Disclaimer: ECR, SayWhoa, and EGF cannot resolve abnormal cases of colic. Examples of abnormal cases: parasitic damage, excessive amounts of sand, twisted ruptured or infected bowels, as well as ulcers, tumors, or enteroliths (stones). Abnormal cases of colic must be dealt with by a veterinarian. FDA: Products and statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not sold for cure, treatment, prevention, or mitigation of equine disease.

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