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    Hind Gut Issue? Looking for suggetions

    Hi and thanks for any suggetions.
    My mare is 11 years old. Had been started as a youngster, did some showing, had a couple of babies. Her last baby was in May of 2017, with her previous owner. She had a displacement colic about 5 weeks post partum, corrected with fluid, no surgery. Not sure if that will matter but that's the history.

    Just recently she has developed some sort of poop issue. My bodyworker was out last week, took one look at her and said 'her hindgut is not balanced'. Good lord. Made sense to me.

    But, she has some good, regular, moist, round ball, healthy poops. But......she'll also have some drippy farts, messes under her tail, or then among the healthy poop have a runny poop. Kinda weird. Movement seems to stimulate the runny poop incidence. Like walking out to the paddock today for turnout. She was strolling, not excited, not anxious.

    I'm at a bigger facility , so I can't really control the hay. Our feed has stayed the same. Sometimes the hay will change, but usually same provider--and we are in the middle of a shipment. Unless maybe there was different hay in same shipment? She's on 10cc oral dose of Regumate, but that's nothing new at all. I gave some Perfect Prep paste a couple of weeks ago, that may have triggered it? She's as happy to go to work as always. Her work ethic and performance is as normal as ever.

    What do you use to balance hind gut? Body worker suggested Equerry's Recoup.

    My treasures do not chink, nor glitter. They carry me to great heights, they gleam in the sun, and they neigh in the night. That is my life, at the end of the day.

    #2
    BioSponge is a good place to start. It seems to do the trick for a good number of them.

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      #3
      I have no idea what balance the hindgut even means, but I would say that as a rule a healthy microbiome is one that is getting fed a species appropriate amount of fibre...so in the case of the horse close to 100% if possible. I would eliminate all grain if she's getting any, replace with beet pulp or the like if possible and just wait a while.

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        #4
        I started my horse recently on Alimend. So far, my horse seems so much happier and he looks better (it’s been about 40 days). At this rate, I am sold!

        My horse is a sensitive dude and while I rarely thought about hard core ulcers in him, there were times I knew he didn’t feel great tummy wise. My trainer recommended Alimend and said I would give it a try.

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          #5
          I had one with teeth problems and one of the symptoms was off and on runny poop.

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            #6
            Does your mare spend part of her day where she can nibble grass? Do you have sandy soil? If so I'd do a sand test. Summer grass can sometimes be overgrazed or pastures very dry, and they can ingest more sand on some days than others, making for intermittent runny manure.
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              #7
              First, I would assess your overall feeding program: Is she regularly going for 4 or more hours without access to forage? Is she getting a significant amount of concentrated "feed" (grains or bagged feeds)? If she is getting any grain/feed at all, what is the sugar content?

              If there are long/frequent periods without access to forage, a significant amt of concentrates, or high sugar intake, then making adjustments to that would be a good start. And to be clear, I'm not suggesting that feeding grain/feed is bad, but if you are feeding significant amounts there is a good chance you're feeding a lot of sugar (it hides out even in feed that is labelled as low starch). Plus, dealing with large meals of concentrates is not how a horse's digestive system is designed to work, so could contribute to any upset.

              In terms of products, I have had huge success with Visceral + from Mad Barn. It is specifically formulated for ulcers, including hindgut. They also have a different digestive support product - Optimum Digestive Health - which I haven't used. The folks at Mad Barn are pretty great with questions, and will do an overall diet analysis for you as well. Would highly recommend getting in touch with them.

              Beet Pulp (molasses free) is another excellent - and extremely cheap! - thing to feed for a healthy gut. It's digested via fermentation in the hindgut, like the fibre in hay - but it's more quickly digested than hay and promotes different bacterial cultures than does hay, so you end up with a more diverse (and hopefully balanced) microbial population in the gut. Bonus that it is great for weight, so if you find you want to cut out some concentrates, BP can easily fill the caloric gap that might be left.

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