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    09-18-2010, 03:00 PM
  #11
Green Broke
Get some probiotics. This will help.
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    09-18-2010, 04:47 PM
  #12
Green Broke
I think poop quantity depends on how much hay they are taking in. For example, I feed my two, slightly chubby geldings two flakes of alfalfa a day, one morning and one at night. They each have 5-6 poop piles in a 24 hour period like clockwork. So 3 overnight would be about right for them.

But my mare on the other hand, she poops for two horses. I swear she can put down about a dozen in 24 hours! But, I am feeding her about twice as much has as the geldings too, because she is nursing a 2 month old foal.

My foal hardly produced much poop at all for the longest time, because I guess he got most of his nutrition from nursing. But now that he is around 9 weeks old, I am find a lot more poop.

I know your colt is older, but you also just got him, so it might just be taking him a while to really get adjusted to his new feeding program and he isn't eating much bulky forage right now. If he seems healthy otherwise, I bet the amount of forage will increase overtime and I wouldn't be super concerned about it.

Also, right now my colt's poop looks pretty normal, like "regular" horse poop in miniature , but he went through several cow-pattie stages too.
     
    09-18-2010, 04:48 PM
  #13
Foal
Probiotics? What kind, like the name
     
    09-18-2010, 04:51 PM
  #14
Foal
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Originally Posted by trailhorserider    
I think poop quantity depends on how much hay they are taking in. For example, I feed my two, slightly chubby geldings two flakes of alfalfa a day, one morning and one at night. They each have 5-6 poop piles in a 24 hour period like clockwork. So 3 overnight would be about right for them.

But my mare on the other hand, she poops for two horses. I swear she can put down about a dozen in 24 hours! But, I am feeding her about twice as much has as the geldings too, because she is nursing a 2 month old foal.

My foal hardly produced much poop at all for the longest time, because I guess he got most of his nutrition from nursing. But now that he is around 9 weeks old, I am find a lot more poop.

I know your colt is older, but you also just got him, so it might just be taking him a while to really get adjusted to his new feeding program and he isn't eating much bulky forage right now. If he seems healthy otherwise, I bet the amount of forage will increase overtime and I wouldn't be super concerned about it.

Also, right now my colt's poop looks pretty normal, like "regular" horse poop in miniature , but he went through several cow-pattie stages too.
Are you using alfalfa cubes? What is a flake of alfalfa
     
    09-18-2010, 05:13 PM
  #15
Green Broke
I wasn't the one that mentioned the probiotics, but I thought I would mention that I see it in the horse section in my local Walmart, so you might check your Walmart for it, if they carry horse items. It comes in a tube similar to dewormer. It is supposed to give them healthy bacteria for their gut, kind of like yogurt is supposed to do for us.

Where I am at (Arizona), alfalfa is the most common, cheapest hay, and comes in 100 lb. Bales that break off in flakes. I am "guessing" a flake is probably about 6-8 lbs. Of alfalfa.

While a small amount of alfalfa might be good for him, I would still stick mostly with grass hay, maybe with a little alfalfa for good measure. But I wouldn't feed him alfalfa as his sole hay because it is very high in calcium and very low in phosphorous. That's why I am feeding the mare with the foal about 50/50 alfalfa and grass hay (which I guess I forgot to mention in the earlier post). Alfalfa is also very high in protein, which the babies need, and is good for putting weight on them. But if they start growing two fast, they can get orthopedic problems in their legs, so that is why I don't feed it too them straight. That, and the phosphorous/calcium ration is not good in straight alfalfa. So some alfalfa = good, all alfalfa = not so good for growing horses.

I do feed straight alfalfa to my older horses without any issues. It's just the best, most widely available hay we have out here so most people feed it.

If you wanted to feed him some alfalfa, I would get either hay or pellets, because cubes (at least the ones we have here in Arizona) might be too big for him to chew and he could choke on them. I never liked the cubes we have here. I don't know if the are the same throughout the country though. Our are about 2 x 3" and I always were afraid they were a choking hazard.
     
    09-18-2010, 05:34 PM
  #16
Green Broke
Farmerjeff, you can get a bag of it at a farm supply store. Either you can use a tube or you can sprinkle some on the grain. It can be expensive in the bag but you will have it on hand when he gets diareahh. I give it maybe once a month or so for help in digestion. Google it:) lol!
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    09-18-2010, 05:40 PM
  #17
Green Broke
If you get alfalfa pellets you can soak them to soften. I agree with feeding straight alfalfa. Too rich, too much sugar content which can cause too many problems. A grass mix is best.
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    09-18-2010, 06:02 PM
  #18
Foal
Ok, so I can feed it to him but not much at a time.(Alfalfa) and buy the hay or pellets. I know the cubes are very hard like a block, so I didn't think they were safe for him.
     
    09-18-2010, 07:21 PM
  #19
Green Broke
One question,,, what exactly are you feeding him, how much, how many times a day? That will help out a bit. The other thing is alfalfa cubes also can be soaked. The feeding guidlines should be on the bag/bags.
     
    09-18-2010, 07:46 PM
  #20
Trained
That age and the fact that he is not eating his hay I would say he is teething. It is not at all unusual for a foal to have runny manure at this age. Keep an eye on him make sure he is drinking well and does not get dehydrated. Easy to check that just pull a bit of skin on his neck and see how fast it returns back.
     

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