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    Question Rice for diarrhea in horses?!?!?

    My friend called to tell me her horse has diarrhea and the barn owner is feeding him rice with his grain. Never heard of doing this for horses, dogs yes, but horses???? It just seems wrong.

    Am I correct????
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    She's probably extrapolating one of the components of the "BRAT" diet used for babies to horses. Probably a huge waste of time. Just what a delicate herbivore's GI tract needs when there's already a problem--more material it's never seen nor was meant to handle.
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    Sounds like an impaction waiting to happen.



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    Are we 100% sure she didn't mistake beet pulp (dry) for rice?
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    Did the barn owner bother to temp the horse to check for a fever or check anything first? And the BO did this without talking to the owner first?? I've never heard of feeding rice to a horse with diarrhea and I'd be checking all vitals and putting a call into my vet to pick their brain. Personally if anyone decided to feed my horse something like that without consulting me first I'd be a little on the irate side...
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    Sounds dangerous. I'd never change the feed or withhold feed without calling the vet first.



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    Rice bran perhaps?



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