Our 33 yr old stallion, began last 09 Jan with issues of "constipation". He doesn't eat all his stems on his hay anymore, and isn't drinking enough water. He's drinking only about 4 to 5 gal daily right now. Heated bucket. He gets soupy BP feed mix with some whole oats soaked as well and soy oil. Free choice alfalfa hay, he wont' eat grass hay anymore. And dry and or soaked hay cubes. He quit eating the soaked ones, so I let him have dry ones and most of his episodes are in the winter like Jan, Feb. During the summer he only had 2 episodes last year.
I have tried putting some molasses in his water heated bucket today, and a 2nd bucket not heated but with just fresh water, no flavor to see if he will drink more of a flavored water.
Any ideas on flavors? Other people dealing with this issue?
Succeeded with any method?
I did put electrolytes in his feed but he didn't want it and refused his feed till I left it out. I was able to give him some last summer tho.
Anyone using the Himalayn (sp) salt rolls on a string? Do they like them?
This horse has not been a salt eater, has a FC redmond salt and a white salt block in his stall.
Right now we are scared to let him out of his stall, where when he goes down at least it's dry and safe, he tends to get into the fences outside when he does this.
Any experience and ideas will be much appreciated. He is super healthy, great wt, just getting constipated.... thanks in advance.