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post #1 of 6 Old 06-29-2009, 07:04 PM Thread Starter
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loose stool?

Went to the barn today and saw that Paul had a few piles of loose green stool in his stall. They weren't runny or anything but they weren't lima beans like the other horses. I had read somewhere that changes could cause this. Since I bought him, we have changed his stall (same farm so no shipping necessary) and i have given him a few alfalfa and carrot treats. I don't think he's ever had anything like that so i'm afraid they might be too new for his stomach to handle. he's not lethargic or anything but i wanted to check and see what you guys thought. Thanks.

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post #2 of 6 Old 06-29-2009, 08:24 PM
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yeah its probably just the new treats you gave him, remember just give in small amounts so he doesnt colic, exspecially if he hasnt had it before

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post #3 of 6 Old 06-30-2009, 12:51 AM
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It could be a number of things, I know a horse that always does that when he gets excited or gets on the trailer. I wouln't worry about it for now but if it keeps happening I would seek your vet.
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post #4 of 6 Old 07-03-2009, 09:51 PM
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Did you say you moved your horse somewhere else? It's probably stress..I really don't think a few new treats are really going to do anything to him.

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post #5 of 6 Old 07-03-2009, 10:25 PM
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I would back off the treats for now and put him on some probiotics.
See trackback to the thread about ulcers.....it includes info about dac Digestive Feed Additive and dac Formula 911 and why they benefit the gut.

I would do a broad spectrum dewormer with praziquantal in it after he has been on a probiotic for 5 to 7 days.

Then gradually introduce your treats over a few weeks. You can use bits of his normal hay or some of his feed for enticement in the mean time.

Also remember to take at least 7 days when introducing new feed. I usually do it in parts - 1:6 new:old day 1, 2:5 new:old day 2, etc...etc.... Works out great for me when most of mine are on 7 pounds a day or 3 1/2 pounds twice daily. So I split my parts by the 1/2 pound.

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post #6 of 6 Old 07-04-2009, 03:53 PM
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I would say probably the stress of everything can be causing the loose stools. I would slow down on the treats though until she gets use to you and all the changes. Animals are funny and get easily stressed out by new and different things. Good Luck. If it continues though I would call my vet.
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