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post #1 of 12 Old 09-28-2010, 07:23 PM Thread Starter
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Is My Horse Constipated....

I Have a 12 year old Qh and lateley when he poops he acts like it hurts, last time he pooped it looked large and he groaned a little and it passed. I have never had a horse do this .... any advice

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My horses groan when they go sometimes...

Does the manure look really dry? Is he drinking normally?

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My horses groan when they go sometimes...

Does the manure look really dry? Is he drinking normally?
No it look normal and yes he drinks normaly, but last my mom and I came to the conclusion he may be eation to much hay( hezz be open to a pen with grass and a haye ball daily) and were goin to drop the portion of hay down and feed grain.:)

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Hay is fiber so it would not make it harder for him to manure.

A good number of horses groan when they manure. It sounds more like a groan of contentment than a pain groan to me.
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My horse always makes it well know when he is *ehem* "clearing his system". He has got to have the loudest groan I have ever heard - for him it's definitely a sign of satisfaction ...infact, I worry when he doesn't groan! Lol

But that's just my horse. If this is something new to your guy, keep an eye on it. If he has been eating more hay than normal, he technically should also be pooping more than normal. If it looks like it should, and he is still eating and drinking well, I wouldn't worry about it too much, just keep an eye on him for changes or signs of discomfort.

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No it look normal and yes he drinks normaly, but last my mom and I came to the conclusion he may be eation to much hay( hezz be open to a pen with grass and a haye ball daily) and were goin to drop the portion of hay down and feed grain.:)
I am with everyone else on this. If the poop looked and smelt normal, I wouldn't be to concerned.

I wouldn't lower his hay intake and raise his grain just because of this. Hay (forage) is better for the horse then large amounts of grain are.
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No it look normal and yes he drinks normaly, but last my mom and I came to the conclusion he may be eation to much hay( hezz be open to a pen with grass and a haye ball daily) and were goin to drop the portion of hay down and feed grain.:)
No, do NOT drop his hay ration and substitute it with grain!

That is, unless you WANT your horse to have an impaction. Then he'll really have a hard time pooping, and it'll cost you an arm and a leg in vet bills.

Horses need more forage than anything else. Forage has fiber, which helps keep their gut moving.

More hay and less grain, not more grain and less hay!
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hey sometimes I have a satisfying groan when I take a poop :)
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hey sometimes I have a satisfying groan when I take a poop :)
LOL! You and my boy would get along great!

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No, do NOT drop his hay ration and substitute it with grain!

That is, unless you WANT your horse to have an impaction. Then he'll really have a hard time pooping, and it'll cost you an arm and a leg in vet bills.

Horses need more forage than anything else. Forage has fiber, which helps keep their gut moving.

More hay and less grain, not more grain and less hay!
OOO I didnt mean I wasnt goin to feed hay at all lol, im just goin to drop it down a bit because we don't know if hezz used to this hay and hezz been eating it like crazy but had never showed signs of not being used to it exept of that...so I was just goin to feed him a block a day and grain twice a day instead of him being open to it all the time and see if that helps:)

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