My Paint gelding whom I have owned for 3 yrs now has had an ongoing battle with loose runny manure. He had this problem since I brought him home. His former owner and vet were very upfront about it and his vet had chalked it up to equine irritable syndrome. She said that since he was in a dry lot , access to grass should make it improve. Somedays are good( poo is formed and normal) other days it is so loose like cow patties.
He has good weight, and is in very good shape health wise...he was on probios and I continued those for a long time but it seemed they had stopped working for him.I swtiched him to Smart Digest Ultra and a month ago switched his feed to a pelleted grain ration balancer. I also had him on 2 months of Equishure (it was the same, good manure and bad manure) I asked the vet to do some tests and everything came back normal and neg., except the occult blood test came back positive ( he has traces of blood in his manure)
My vet told me that he was very surprised that this test came back positive because my paint was the poster child of good overall health besides the loose manure. The vet told me he suspects ulcers and he gave me the different treatment options. All very expensive and to have him scoped I would have to have him sent to Cornell Univer. In NY. He told me about the different meds available and proceedures. The vet also said that he isnt 100% that he does have ulcers but we decided to try the equine mayloxx and see if his symptons improve.
I have an idea of why he may of gotten these, to much time spent in his stall. The horses are always in if it raining and of course PA has been one rainy state a lot latey.
I have already decided to give him the mayloxx and see if his symptoms improve. I am also going to invest in a slow feeder hay bag for him in his stall everyday.He has been drinking a lot so I put two buckets of water for him.
I have read everything from using alfafa to using Miracle clay to Aloe vera juice.I don't know what I want to do , but has anyone had any luck with the hollistic approach...increased turnout , hay feeder when in etc.
What has worked for you ? I have not had him scoped nor have I had him on Gastra guard due the cost ( $1,000) is a lot of money and just can't afford that right now.
Also: Is there something I can give him before going to shows? He only goes to a handful all summer but I would like to treat him before he goes out again.