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post #1 of 5 Old 01-20-2011, 12:08 PM Thread Starter
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Loose manure/very dirty blanket and legs!

Well, the very back end of my mare's blanket and the leg straps are always disgusting. I wash it every so often, but it doesn't take long for it to come back. Now, I'm guessing when she lifts her tail to go, the straps/clips/blanket are right in the way...the blanket fits very well when her tail is down, but should I consider getting another blanket?

Also, she's out 24/7 and hardly ever poops while I'm there, so I rarely know which manure piles are hers. Judging by her legs, though, she's had some pretty loose stools lately. No diet change, or change in anything else. Should I worry about this? Also, with no heated water at the barn, is there a good way to go about cleaning her legs?

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post #2 of 5 Old 01-20-2011, 12:47 PM
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Does she have any history of breathing problems ? Our paint mare gets heaves BAD in the spring and fall, and when she gets a flare up she has a very hard time breathing and farts A LOT and has loose poop. She has white legs, and she is always covered in poop when she has a flare up.
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Does she have any history of breathing problems ? Our paint mare gets heaves BAD in the spring and fall, and when she gets a flare up she has a very hard time breathing and farts A LOT and has loose poop. She has white legs, and she is always covered in poop when she has a flare up.
Nope, no breathing problems.
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Sounds like she might have hindgut issues like my guy. His stool wasn't actually loose, but he would pass liquid before actually pooping. Dirty legs, hiney, and blanket! I used Pro-CMC which helped, but had to put him on Succeed daily, which solved the problem almost instantly.

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Sounds like she might have hindgut issues like my guy. His stool wasn't actually loose, but he would pass liquid before actually pooping. Dirty legs, hiney, and blanket! I used Pro-CMC which helped, but had to put him on Succeed daily, which solved the problem almost instantly.
Thanks! If it's the same, is it something that is endangering her? I don't know nearly as much as I should about horses' digestion
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