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  • What should a 3 day old foal's poop look like?
  • What should foal poop look like?

 
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    09-18-2010, 07:33 PM
  #21
Yearling
I agree Nrh. A lot is going on inside his gut and with his teeth right now so he might be runny off and on for a while. Totally normal at weaning time for stress to add a little cow pie too. He is developing his normal bacterial flora too so a probiotic could help get things more balanced for him. There are massive changes in the intestinal epithelium going on when they switch from a mostly milk diet to grass and hay.

I would say to keep an eye on him, and check his temperature regularly. If he starts acting depressed or spikes a fever, or if the diarrhea turns worse or is consistent for several days then I would think it might be time to call a vet. Being a foal is tough business!
     
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    09-18-2010, 08:29 PM
  #22
Foal
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Originally Posted by mbender    
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.
I started him out on sweet feed and I was told on here that I need to switch to Equine Junior. So im giving about half and half at the moment. I feed an Orange Scoop of feed in the morning and the evening. Also there is hay availble to him at all times.
     
    09-18-2010, 08:46 PM
  #23
Trained
Have you been de worming him every month. If not you need to. That too will impact how well they digest their feed.
     
    09-18-2010, 08:50 PM
  #24
Foal
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Originally Posted by nrhareiner    
Have you been de worming him every month. If not you need to. That too will impact how well they digest their feed.
I have only had him about 2 weeks. The people I bought him from said they had, but I don't know when it was. But anyhow, what kind of wormer would ya perfer?
     
    09-18-2010, 08:53 PM
  #25
Foal
A foal dosnt need any grain, as long as your feeding quality hay, unless its a breed with high metabolism, the foal should also be out on pasture exersizing, have you taken its tempeture.
     
    09-18-2010, 08:57 PM
  #26
Trained
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Originally Posted by farmerjeff    
I have only had him about 2 weeks. The people I bought him from said they had, but I don't know when it was. But anyhow, what kind of wormer would ya perfer?

I rotate the Deworms for the foals just like I do the older horses. This time if year I will be using Ivamec but not until after the first good hard frost. Then just rotate CLASSES not just brands. There are 3 classes of Dewormers. A foal should be dewormed every 4 weeks until they are a year old then they go onto the same rotation as the older horses.
     
    09-18-2010, 08:57 PM
  #27
Foal
Quote:
Originally Posted by ruger    
A foal dosnt need any grain, as long as your feeding quality hay, unless its a breed with high metabolism, the foal should also be out on pasture exersizing, have you taken its tempeture.
Taken it temp... LOL I wouldn't know how!! Hahaha
     
    09-18-2010, 09:15 PM
  #28
Foal
You put a termometer in the horses rectum, a foals temp should be around 100 to 102 yours may be higher since its kept in a stall and its lungs and heart aint bein worked, heart rate shoud be 70-90 bpm for a foal.
     
    09-18-2010, 09:16 PM
  #29
Foal
Quote:
Originally Posted by ruger    
you put a termometer in the horses rectum, a foals temp should be around 100 to 102 yours may be higher since its kept in a stall and its lungs and heart aint bein worked, heart rate shoud be 70-90 bpm for a foal.

Who said the he stayed in a stall all day? But thanks.
     
    09-18-2010, 10:00 PM
  #30
Yearling
Definitely learn to take the temperature, pulse and respiratory rates of your horse. These are the first thing a vet will want to know if you're ever in need of putting a call in to one. They are the 1st way you will know if there is something wrong with him!
     

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