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    12-28-2009, 11:43 AM

Mucking out the stalls this morning and one of the geldings has diarrhea. It's not terrible but it's noticable (or I'm just the paranoid-momma-type). He's not acting odd, eating fine, drinking fine. No changes to diet. Ideas?
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    12-28-2009, 12:24 PM
I would check his temp and if normal just keep an eye on him at this point. If it goes on for any length of time a phone call to the vet would be in order. You could also give 30CC of Pepto or Kaolin Pectin.

Our older mare had a bout of this about a month ago, vet said give her 30CC 3x's per day for 3 or 4 days, if there was no improvement blood work would of been next, but she improved!
    12-28-2009, 12:30 PM
Whenever the horses I work with get diarrhea it's usually because they are excited. What kind of feed does he get? As long as it doesn't continue then I don't think you have anything major to worry about. Just keep an eye on him.
    12-28-2009, 12:45 PM
We feed Nutrena Safe Choice pellets, beet pulp and 70/30 orchard grass alfalfa hay (lower amount alfalfa).
    12-28-2009, 01:23 PM
What did he get for treats over the holiday?

Just like we humans, a horses digestive tract can be messed up by over indulgence.
    12-28-2009, 01:25 PM
Well those are good choices. Just keep an eye on it, as long as it doesn't persist then you shouldn't have a problem.

You worm regularly right?
    12-28-2009, 01:28 PM
My weanling has had a few boughts, just noticed it again last night. Beet pulp usually helps his tummy/ stool get better. I've never tried human products. My vet always suggest getting a fecal count before doing anything else. If it persists for more then a day something might be up.
    12-28-2009, 01:32 PM
If it is just loose like cow dung then don't worry about it, but if it is more like water youneed to call the vet immediately. Diarrhea is a sign of serious trouble in horses.
    12-28-2009, 01:35 PM
Yeh cow dung is how I'd describe it. He did get hauled out to a lesson yesterday.

I think his owner gave him bran mash and apples for treat a couple of days ago.
    12-28-2009, 03:12 PM
I think bran mash would do it. Bran is very fatty.

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