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Horse with runny manure along with normal manure. Help

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  • Horse with runny manure along with normal manure. Help

    I have a 16yr Aqha gelding with poop running down his legs along with it he has normal stool every day. I have had in excess of 25 show horses over the years and have never seen this. I've tried bran,beet pulp, changed feed to special care with grown win small amt. appreciate Any input. I currently have another horse in the barn with the same issue. He had it before coming to our farm. HELP

  • #2
    I would run a test on his poop to see if there is a low grade bowel infection.

    Then I would cut out every thing back to just hay and see if that resolves. If not I would try a different hay.

    I would also try a good probiotic to see if that helps.

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    • #3
      I had a mare with this, and had to cut all soy out of her diet, and make sure she didn't get stemmy/fibrous hay.

      With those changes, plus feeding probiotics, aloe vera juice and clay for about a month, her gut healed up and was fine as long as she was off soy products.

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      • #4
        check for sand.

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        • #5
          My horse a year ago began having "squirts" along w/ his normal poop. Happened at end of a full poop and also when he farted. We tried a bunch of things, tested for sand, changed hay. After about 7 weeks of tinkering, had an internal med vet give me a diagnosis of mild colitis and the horse was put on an antibiotic, decreasing the dosage about every 10 days over approx. two months. Gone and has not returned.
          We don't get less brave; we get a bigger sense of self-preservation........

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          • #6
            Changing the diet can cause diarhhea, and changing it repeatedly won't fix it. Pull him off the grass if he is getting turned out, or muzzle him, simplify what you are feeding, and give him Probios.
            "When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in a confederatcy against him."

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            • #7
              I've had this problem with one horse since he's been here. He recently came into my possession so after reading up on causes I decided to test him for tape worms. Seems he has a high load of them and needs treatment. I haven't done it yet because I was waiting for a good freeze to kill the bots so I could worm for both at the same time. Now I"m putting it off because his heaves has flared up and he's on meds for that. I'm hoping it will resolve the issue.

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              • #8
                I have a horse that had that... basically i tested for or treated for almost everything i could think of. It ended up being that his diet was too high in starch/sugar and the hay was too stemmy. Switched him to a lower sugar, softer hay and the manure is fine!
                You don't throw a whole life away just because its a little banged up - Tom Smith

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                • #9
                  I had something similar. Vet's suggestions made no difference, neither did changing diet significantly, nor probiotics. Then someone suggested adding soy lecithin granules to his grain. This works. I've managed to reduce his dose to 1/4 cup per day. Less than that and he goes back to runny poop.

                  This ingredient, together with apple pectin, can be found in some commercial supplements made to address equine digestive issues, but those feeds are very expensive. I buy my granules at the local bulk shop.
                  Blugal

                  You never know what kind of obsessive compulsive crazy person you are until another person imitates your behaviour at a three-day. --Gry2Yng

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                  • #10
                    My gelding had this issue for years. My vet said it had to do with different sizes of hay stems and the digestive process but that's about all I remember. She said it wasn't anything to worry about and if he was switched to a complete feed it would go away. I obviously didn't want to do that since it wasn't a health concern but he did have a molar extracted a few years back and had to eat soaked pellets for a month and it did clear up while he was on the pellets. As soon as he was back on hay it returned.

                    I found certain pre/probiotic products to be helpful and others weren't. I had the best success with Opti-Zyme.

                    When I started him on a small amount of Triple Crown Sr. a couple of years ago it cleared up and hasn't returned. He only gets a pound or so per day, but it's made a huge difference, go figure

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                      #11
                      Thank you all for your contribution. I have done all the testing and changed to him a low starch low sugar diet. He gets very little grain he also gets pro biopics from ABC which is very good quality. Tonight when I checked oh him he was a mess had to wash rinse etc. I feel so bad for him. Thank you

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Bunnyd View Post
                        Thank you all for your contribution. I have done all the testing and changed to him a low starch low sugar diet. He gets very little grain he also gets pro biopics from ABC which is very good quality. Tonight when I checked oh him he was a mess had to wash rinse etc. I feel so bad for him. Thank you
                        how stemmy is the hay? Mine gets it if the hay is stemmy, sounds like a few other posters have the same issue.

                        You don't throw a whole life away just because its a little banged up - Tom Smith

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                        • #13
                          I have a horse who had that problem for 3 years. We tried everything - various types of supplements, different feed, worming, checking for sand etc but it always came back. What finally worked was a month on Platinum Performance Bio Sponge followed by a month on Full Bucket Priobiotic Pellets. He's had a clean rear end for 6 months now.

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                          • #14
                            One of my geldings had runny diarrhea for almost a year. He had vet workups, changes in hay and feed, addition of gut supplements. His symptoms waxed and waned a bit but never resolved. I read an article about anhidrosis (which this horse also had) that recommended feeding only hay, salt, and water for two weeks. Well, his anhidrosis resolved and so did his diarrhea.

                            I have found that this horse is very sensitive to wheat middlings and corn distiller's grains, both of which were in his ration balancer and gut supplements. He now gets alfalfa pellets, a bit of Coolstance, Progessive Ultimate Pro Add (no sugars or grains), hay, and salt. He did recently have a setback when I got a new shipment of hay and it had what looks like wheat heads in it. His diarrhea returned immediately and resolved just as fast when we got off that hay.

                            I guess this is just a long winded way of saying that trial and error are really the only way to figure this out. Take him back to bare bones of hay, salt, and water and start from there.

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                            • #15
                              Well, crap. My guy is back to some runny and some not. Had to bath his legs and tail today, and its too cold for this, brrr.

                              Will be checking out some suggestions here. Bummer as the soy lecithin worked for the whole summer.
                              Blugal

                              You never know what kind of obsessive compulsive crazy person you are until another person imitates your behaviour at a three-day. --Gry2Yng

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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by Blugal View Post
                                Well, crap. Bummer ...
                                Literally

                                Have you all seen the other similar thread, where psyllium/Sand Clear is recommended?

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