When I was at Paul Taylor's replacing the tub of Source the Boyz scattered to the Four Winds, I saw a product on the counter which I had not seen before called ECR (Equine Colic Relief). It's a 4-oz. bottle that comes with an oral syringe, and a price tag of $80, which, although expensive, is lot cheaper than a farm call to tube a horse — or worse. I grabbed a piece of literature from a stand next to it.
The homemade flier was from the local distributor. It explained about the product, and included several testimonials, one of them recent (mid-June 2010), at an Athens, Texas horse show. A mare was given the product, and not only recovered, but was able to compete in her events. It even gave a local phone number if you want to talk to an eye witness to the mare's recovery at the show.
Ingredients: Irish Sea Moss, Magnesium, Kelp, Peppermint Oil, Phosphorous, Calcium, Vitamin D3, Potassium, Purified Water, Molasses, Sorbitol. This product has a shelf life of 12 years!
They claim it will stop a normal bout of gas colic in 90-200 minutes, with a disclaimer that it will not help in cases of torsion, rupture or twisted gut, or blockages due to foreign objects or tumors.
If it works, it would certainly be worth it to have a bottle stashed away. Every time Jaz has colicked, it's been on the absolute worst night of the year, when my vet is out of town. Except for the colic due to strongyles, it's been because the doofus eats too much too fast, like when I bring them back from the farm and he pigs out on the lush grass. Or he doesn't drink enough when it gets cooler.
Paul Taylor is a well-respected local business. They don't carry faddish, stupid stuff. It must have some measure of credibility. Has anyone ever used this product or even heard of it?