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post #1 of 8 Old 03-24-2013, 10:11 PM Thread Starter
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Mare with loose stool

My mini mare, Ruby has a problem where she poops normally but has some fluid stool that squirts out occasionally and drips down her vulva and sometimes spits into her tail. Its like she has these little farts and the fluid spats out. Her tail is totally disgusting. So bad that I am contemplating just cutting it super short at the end of her tailbone. She is otherwise healthy, regularly dewormed, etc. Vet took a fecal sample and came back clean. Her poop has normal form to it but has excess fluid in it that is evident on her stall walls, in her tail, sometimes down her hocks, and in her shavings in her stall. We have tried probios and has not helped. Any advice? She is destroying her tail!

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What is she fed?
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One of our stallion gets this when he is dewormed or his feed is changed. I definitely wouldn't cut her tail, she needs that, but I understand the mess your talking about. The main cause of loose stool is to get rid of toxins in the body, its a natural function to flush everything out. You might want to check to see what is in her feed, there may be an ingredient her stomach just doesn't agree with. There is also a stress situation that can cause the drips, but that isn't usually long term, unless she has a new stall neighbor? If you have her on grain, you might want to stick her on an all forage diet(alfalfa/timothy cubes and pellets) to see if that's the cause. We had to do that with some of our horses, and even their stool is looking better. It was a great simple test and we were so relieved it was such a simple fix to a lot of our horses tummy problems.
I hope she feels better soon!
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One of our stallion gets this when he is dewormed or his feed is changed. I definitely wouldn't cut her tail, she needs that, but I understand the mess your talking about. The main cause of loose stool is to get rid of toxins in the body, its a natural function to flush everything out. You might want to check to see what is in her feed, there may be an ingredient her stomach just doesn't agree with. There is also a stress situation that can cause the drips, but that isn't usually long term, unless she has a new stall neighbor? If you have her on grain, you might want to stick her on an all forage diet(alfalfa/timothy cubes and pellets) to see if that's the cause. We had to do that with some of our horses, and even their stool is looking better. It was a great simple test and we were so relieved it was such a simple fix to a lot of our horses tummy problems.
I hope she feels better soon!
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I agree with H&H about checking her diet first. Talk to your vet for a second opinion and a nutritionist. This problem needs to be addressed and fixed on the inside (digestion) rather than just cosmetically on the outside... And like H&H said, she needs her tail! Also, if her tail isn't there to soak up the liquid, it would just run down her leg and the underlying issue will still persist. I hope it's something as simple as sticking to a forage diet :)

A quick and easy way to clean her up is with baby-wipes to clean her vulva and hind end/tail daily.
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She gets hay. Nothing more and nothing less!

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My horse has been this way for years. His poop is normal, but there is always some runny discharge with it. The bottom line for him is that he seems to be sensitive to ANY diet change. This includes hay, from bale to bale, when the grass changes for any reason, season to season or day to day because of heavy rain or lack of rain. I have talked to more than one vet and tried A LOT of different products, from over the counter to prescriptions, but nothing changes it. The advice I was given from one vet is that it really is not all that uncommon. As long as my horse is healthy and not showing any other signs of being sick or in any discomfort, this is just a part of who he is.

If this just started happening recently, it may just be something in this years hay. Horses have very sensitive digestive systems and one little thing can upset it a bit.

It sounds like you have talked to your vet, as he took a fecal sample and it came back clean. Watch your mare, keep your vet in the loop and do not let the internet scare you silly. I did and probably put my horse through a lot of unnecessary medications and supplements.
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Our mini mare was like this, we changed her hay to some higher quality and gave her less of it, and took her off grass as well.

In the mean time, we had to wash her tail out everyday until we started braiding it, it seemed to help and not be such a mess, but her legs needed to continued to be cleaned every day. Poor girl!

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My farrier told me to try giving her beet pulp....to my amazement, it WORKED

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