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post #21 of 29 Old 09-17-2013, 01:47 PM Thread Starter
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I'm thinking the excessive drinking comes from his origins - he was captured from the desert in Nevada so I think he has a drink when it's available instinct.

I would take a step back in his training but there isn't much to step back to - he had 30plus days groundwork and 60 days under saddle so far and I haven't even started him in any sort of discipline - besides general western - but definitely am not pushing him. I mostly trail ride and work on the little details like getting a good balanced trot and canter, lead changes, backing, stopping ect (which he is doing great at!)

As long as it's not a health concern I will just keep doing what I've been doing!
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post #22 of 29 Old 09-17-2013, 02:22 PM
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I would say stress related. You may want to go a little slower. Some horses kind of freeze up when really scared and the nerves get the best of them and results in the poo's
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I think it's a combination of the above suggestions plus you didn't talk about how much rain you've recently had. The normal desert in NM and CO has rivers right now from flooding and it is now the monsoon season out west. Lots of rain in other areas, too. When the rain falls and the grass grows quickly, horses have runny stools.
During severe heat my 3 horses drink their 65 gallon water trough to nothing in less than 2 days. During the winter, it goes down about 3 inches/day. That contributes,too. If you LOVE watermelon and eat it like there is not tomorrow, you catch my drift.

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I think it's a combination of the above suggestions plus you didn't talk about how much rain you've recently had. The normal desert in NM and CO has rivers right now from flooding and it is now the monsoon season out west. Lots of rain in other areas, too. When the rain falls and the grass grows quickly, horses have runny stools.
During severe heat my 3 horses drink their 65 gallon water trough to nothing in less than 2 days. During the winter, it goes down about 3 inches/day. That contributes,too. If you LOVE watermelon and eat it like there is not tomorrow, you catch my drift.
Haha! I definitely hear ya on that one! We are in a drought right now so I'm sure that contributes.
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I don't think the stress is about the actual work that you're doing with him - walk, trot, canter etc but when he's asked to leave the place he feels secure and safe in to go somewhere else that he's not used too
In the wild these horses would have an 'alpha' leader that they trust to follow and they put all their faith in that horse - and also gain a lot of comfort from having familiar buddies around them.
Now all of that security has gone and he's having to learn to lean on you for support and when you take him to the arena for those few days its probably very unsettling too
I'm sure that over time he'll increase that level of trust and also lose his fear of new places
Considering his background he's dealing with it all better than most might.
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I do have to give him that, he handles it extremely well.
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When I rode my mare in the Cal. Stampede parade we had to stand around for about 1/2 an hour. There was so much going on that altho my mare seemed ok with it, not fidgety or anything, she lifted her tail and it came out like water, splashing her legs as it hit the pavement. Fortunately there was time to hastily wash her legs.
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My mustangs are both firm believers on tanking up on water whenever they have the opportunity. I think it is a result of their living on the range and knowing that they may not have another opportunity to drink again for a while.

Also, I have a mustang who gets diarrhea bad whenever he gets forage that is too rich for him. He's designed to subsist on scrubby tough grass, so there are big problems when he gets soft green hay or alfalfa. No amount of probiotics or other supplements can change it. The browner and stemmier the hay, the happier his gut is!
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If he only does this when he doesn't have a salt/mineral block, he may just have a high need for salt. Don't leave him without it. Sometimes access to it will help.

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