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post #1 of 6 Old 03-04-2017, 01:34 PM Thread Starter
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I Knew I had Forgotten Something

This is kind of related to breeding: Foal Heat and Foal Scours

Ugh.....what to my wondering eyes did appear? A poopy foal butt because mom has gone into Foal Heat, My Dear! And a merry ring around the rosy was had by all as I tried to wash his little bum down. He finally figured out it felt GOOD to get rid of the nasties and stood still but ..........OY! I knew I had forgotten something, now I know what it was. A tube of PROBIOS PASTE for the foal! I've been feeding him yogurt anyhow but it's not strong enough for that.
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Well, at one time, it was thought that changes in the Mare's hormones, during foal heat, caused scours.
That now is not want current knowledge indicates, but rather that time frame when the foal's gut flora changes. That is probbaly why yogurt (un processed ) and probiotics work
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. Foal heat scours (diarrhea) is a term used to describe the diarrhea that occurs in foals between seven and 10 days of age. It is called foal heat diarrhea because the foal's dam usually is experiencing her first heat or estrous cycle (called the foal heat) since foaling during this time. It originally was thought that the heat cycle in the mare resulted in the foal's having diarrhea due to changes in the mare's milk composition. However, orphaned foals or foals raised separated from the mare also have developed diarrhea during this time.'

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http://www.thehorse.com/articles/102...-heat-diarrhea
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She started her foal heat yesterday, and I still didn't think about it. Went out today and said, "Oh CRRRRRRRAAAAAPPPPPP", literally. Then it dawned on me what I had forgotten to get. I usually give a little on day 1, day 4 and then 7,8,9 & 10 and we miss the scours altogether. First time in years I've had to wash a poopy bottom. Bet I don't forget again any time soon! UGGGGGGH!

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Mine never got foal scours bad enough that I had to resort to washing bottoms, but then my mares and foals were out, except during very bad weather, then stalled just over night Perhaps that allowed for better gut flora population?
Only time I had bad sours, it was due to a septicemia (joint ill ) Long story, outside breeding tale of woe!
Of course, then antibiotics and probiotics were used
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Just as spin off on foal heat scours, I thought it important to perhaps post when that
diarrhoea is self limiting,' normal', and when it is not,esp for those not very experienced with foals, and thus perhaps missing when it is 'abnormal'

http://foranequine.com/horse-care-ad...iarrhoea-foals
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Just as spin off on foal heat scours, I thought it important to perhaps post when that
diarrhoea is self limiting,' normal', and when it is not,esp for those not very experienced with foals, and thus perhaps missing when it is 'abnormal'

Problems with foal diarrhoea? Read about supportive electrolyte replacement
That's a good article. I know that when they get foal scours it will self limit, but especially the little pink bottomed ones seem to always get scalded, so I just go out and take an old wash cloth and a bucket of warm water and wipe them down and put some Vaseline on. Most of the time, with probiotics I don't even see it, but once in a while I'll have one who squirts for a day or 2. I expect Mort will fall into that category, I just gave him a good dose of Probios paste and a new, clean blanket and he and mom are inside. I keep mine turned out for the day and in at night until they're about 2 months old and then they go back to the herd or out with Skippy, depending on if I've bred mom back or left her open. Goldie will be bred back so they'll go out with Skip and when I'm ready to wean, I'll pull Goldie out of Skippy's pasture and leave the Little Man with his dad. Goldie will go to the "Mare Spa" and dry up and Little Man will hang out with Skip until I geld him. By then I'll have other pregnant mares in with him and I'll put the little guy where ever I think he needs to be.

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