• Welcome to the Chronicle Forums.
    Please complete your profile. The forums and the rest of www.chronofhorse.com has single sign-in, so your log in information for one will automatically work for the other. Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the individual and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Chronicle of the Horse.



Forum rules and no-advertising policy

As a participant on this forum, it is your responsibility to know and follow our rules. Please read this message in its entirety.

Board Rules

1. You’re responsible for what you say.
As outlined in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, The Chronicle of the Horse and its affiliates, as well Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd., the developers of vBulletin, are not legally responsible for statements made in the forums.

This is a public forum viewed by a wide spectrum of people, so please be mindful of what you say and who might be reading it—details of personal disputes are likely better handled privately. While posters are legally responsible for their statements, the moderators may in their discretion remove or edit posts that violate these rules. Users have the ability to modify or delete their own messages after posting, but administrators generally will not delete posts, threads or accounts upon request.

Outright inflammatory, vulgar, harassing, malicious or otherwise inappropriate statements and criminal charges unsubstantiated by a reputable news source or legal documentation will not be tolerated and will be dealt with at the discretion of the moderators.

2. Conversations in horse-related forums should be horse-related.
The forums are a wonderful source of information and support for members of the horse community. While it’s understandably tempting to share information or search for input on other topics upon which members might have a similar level of knowledge, members must maintain the focus on horses.

3. Keep conversations productive, on topic and civil.
Discussion and disagreement are inevitable and encouraged; personal insults, diatribes and sniping comments are unproductive and unacceptable. Whether a subject is light-hearted or serious, keep posts focused on the current topic and of general interest to other participants of that thread. Utilize the private message feature or personal email where appropriate to address side topics or personal issues not related to the topic at large.

4. No advertising in the discussion forums.
Posts in the discussion forums directly or indirectly advertising horses, jobs, items or services for sale or wanted will be removed at the discretion of the moderators. Use of the private messaging feature or email addresses obtained through users’ profiles for unsolicited advertising is not permitted.

Company representatives may participate in discussions and answer questions about their products or services, or suggest their products on recent threads if they fulfill the criteria of a query. False "testimonials" provided by company affiliates posing as general consumers are not appropriate, and self-promotion of sales, ad campaigns, etc. through the discussion forums is not allowed.

Paid advertising is available on our classifieds site and through the purchase of banner ads. The tightly monitored Giveaways forum permits free listings of genuinely free horses and items available or wanted (on a limited basis). Items offered for trade are not allowed.

Advertising Policy Specifics
When in doubt of whether something you want to post constitutes advertising, please contact a moderator privately in advance for further clarification. Refer to the following points for general guidelines:

Horses – Only general discussion about the buying, leasing, selling and pricing of horses is permitted. If the post contains, or links to, the type of specific information typically found in a sales or wanted ad, and it’s related to a horse for sale, regardless of who’s selling it, it doesn’t belong in the discussion forums.

Stallions – Board members may ask for suggestions on breeding stallion recommendations. Stallion owners may reply to such queries by suggesting their own stallions, only if their horse fits the specific criteria of the original poster. Excessive promotion of a stallion by its owner or related parties is not permitted and will be addressed at the discretion of the moderators.

Services – Members may use the forums to ask for general recommendations of trainers, barns, shippers, farriers, etc., and other members may answer those requests by suggesting themselves or their company, if their services fulfill the specific criteria of the original post. Members may not solicit other members for business if it is not in response to a direct, genuine query.

Products – While members may ask for general opinions and suggestions on equipment, trailers, trucks, etc., they may not list the specific attributes for which they are in the market, as such posts serve as wanted ads.

Event Announcements – Members may post one notification of an upcoming event that may be of interest to fellow members, if the original poster does not benefit financially from the event. Such threads may not be “bumped” excessively. Premium members may post their own notices in the Event Announcements forum.

Charities/Rescues – Announcements for charitable or fundraising events can only be made for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations. Special exceptions may be made, at the moderators’ discretion and direction, for board-related events or fundraising activities in extraordinary circumstances.

Occasional posts regarding horses available for adoption through IRS-registered horse rescue or placement programs are permitted in the appropriate forums, but these threads may be limited at the discretion of the moderators. Individuals may not advertise or make announcements for horses in need of rescue, placement or adoption unless the horse is available through a recognized rescue or placement agency or government-run entity or the thread fits the criteria for and is located in the Giveaways forum.

5. Do not post copyrighted photographs unless you have purchased that photo and have permission to do so.

6. Respect other members.
As members are often passionate about their beliefs and intentions can easily be misinterpreted in this type of environment, try to explore or resolve the inevitable disagreements that arise in the course of threads calmly and rationally.

If you see a post that you feel violates the rules of the board, please click the “alert” button (exclamation point inside of a triangle) in the bottom left corner of the post, which will alert ONLY the moderators to the post in question. They will then take whatever action, or no action, as deemed appropriate for the situation at their discretion. Do not air grievances regarding other posters or the moderators in the discussion forums.

Please be advised that adding another user to your “Ignore” list via your User Control Panel can be a useful tactic, which blocks posts and private messages by members whose commentary you’d rather avoid reading.

7. We have the right to reproduce statements made in the forums.
The Chronicle of the Horse may copy, quote, link to or otherwise reproduce posts, or portions of posts, in print or online for advertising or editorial purposes, if attributed to their original authors, and by posting in this forum, you hereby grant to The Chronicle of the Horse a perpetual, non-exclusive license under copyright and other rights, to do so.

8. We reserve the right to enforce and amend the rules.
The moderators may delete, edit, move or close any post or thread at any time, or refrain from doing any of the foregoing, in their discretion, and may suspend or revoke a user’s membership privileges at any time to maintain adherence to the rules and the general spirit of the forum. These rules may be amended at any time to address the current needs of the board.

Please see our full Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for more information.

Thanks for being a part of the COTH forums!

(Revised 1/26/16)
See more
See less

Some liquid with manure.

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Some liquid with manure.

    Both my pony and my TB have normal looking poops for the most part. But they both have a tendancy to have a little liquid that expels when they go. They are both wormed regularly, they both have grass mix hay and they both get a digestion supplement. I know my horse has had this issue for at least two years now. The pony is new to me, but her previous owners said they tried a number of things for her (biosponge...sandclear...powerpak) and nothing seemed to make a difference. They are both in good weight and eat and drink normally. Teeth done regularly. The hay isn't super rich hay....good midline mix. No grass, they are on dry lots.

    I am going to talk it over with my vets when they come out for shots, but I thought I would see if anyone has any insight...similar experience??

  • #2
    The extra liquid I see with manure means they have taken in a lot of moisture. To me that is almost always a VERY GOOD THING! Sometimes what horse eats will add more moisture to what horse drinks, so poop goes on into being sloppy manure. Common on most grazing animals, especially during spring grazing times with new grass being made of so much water.

    I get more excited seeing very dry poop balls, especially in winter months. My horse may need to be drinking more water, so I take steps to get the liquid intake increased. Dry poop balls to me are SERIOUS.


    • #3
      For one of my horses the extra liquid is a sign of too much sand in the gut. Have you tested their poop?


      • #4
        Doesn't sound abnormal at all. I too am more concerned about dry manure balls.
        Some riders change their horse, they change their saddle, they change their teacher; they never change themselves.

        Remember the horse does all the work, we just sit there and look pretty.


        • #5
          My gelding gets little squirts sometimes - and sometimes big ones - but it would expel even without poop sometimes. Giving him Probios daily has helped incredibly. The vet couldn't find anything wrong with him and he's regularly dewormed.
          Blog chronicling our new eventing adventures: Riding With Scissors


          • #6
            How bad is it?

            I had one who had streaks from his anus to his fetlocks on both legs. In my search for the cause I talked to several people who had similar issues. The poo balls themselves were normal, nicely hydrated, held their shape (maybe breaking open on impact), - it was just there was an excessive amount of liquid with it (sometimes without it).

            In one case the animal was reacting to alfalfa - removed the alfalfa from the diet and poof, problem solved.

            In another case the animal was reacting to flax - removed the flax from the diet and poof, problem solved.

            In another case the horse had encysted strongyles and was reacting to some stage of burrowing in or out. It took a while to correct, but after 9 months or so the problem was pretty much gone. BTW this horse was dewormed regularly and fecal tested a couple of times a year. He just seemed to be attractive to worms.

            In other cases the horse's problem was not specifically identified, but a hindgut buffer was added to the feed and the problem was gone. In most of those cases the hindgut buffer was discontinued after six months and the problem didn't return.

            In another case the horse had right dorsal colitis, and removing hay from the diet allowed the horse to heal and eventually it went back on hay without a repeat of the problem.

            In another case the horse had to have a probiotic added to each grain feed and the problem went away.

            Mine was the wormy one. I tried the flax thing, the probiotic thing, the hindgut buffer thing, investigated the right dorsal colitis thing, changed his diet completely, and tried a bunch of other potential cures. It took a while and a biopsy to come to the worm thing because he'd been on a monitored deworming program. Then it took a long time for his gut to heal. But it did.


            • #7
              Can you please tell me what a hindgut buffer is?


              • #8
                Originally posted by HPFarmette View Post
                Can you please tell me what a hindgut buffer is?
                The one I used is EquiShure by Kentucky Equine Research. It is essentially baking soda (I think soda) coated in a fat so that it doesn't do it's reaction thing (reduces acidity I think) until it reaches the hindgut. Without the coating it would do it's thing in the stomach. It's supposed to help where the horse has ulcers or irritation in the hindgut (the excess liquid with the manure can be a sign of hindgut irritation). The 1.3kg tub was freaking expensive - the 7.5kg bucket hugely less so. And the enclosed scoop held rather more of the product (by weight) than the label advised. I found a scoop from something else that neatly held the right amount. If I recall correctly the recommended dosage was 30-90gms per day.