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post #1 of 9 Old 02-10-2012, 12:27 AM Thread Starter
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Need help with a situation

Hi, Everyone.... I am new here and have been reading all your great posts for a while now. I have a question about by friend's horse. He has been having a loose manure and squirting a brown liquid for about 1-2 weeks now. He is eating well (no change in food), drinking, acting OK....but....he also does not drop when he urinates. We are baffled. I cleaned his sheath this afternoon and was sure I would find a 'bean' but did not. Is this OK? Cody is about 9 years old, gelded and a TWH. I hope my friend will call the vet soon if this continues. Any suggestions about what it could be? Thanks to all!
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post #2 of 9 Old 02-10-2012, 02:10 AM
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What do you mean he does not drop when he urinates?
not all gelding let every thing hang out or as far as others do.
It would not hurt to take a sample of his droppings to the vet to get tested and if everything checks out okay but he is still "runny" you could always try a feed trough supplement.
A friend of mines gelding had a similar problem, nothing wrong with him he just has very wet poo so she started him on a supplement and it fixed it. I will have to ask her what it was she uses and get back to you.

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My horse had the symptoms that u described, as soon as I noticed I called the vet. It was a kidney infection. I've had one and it was extremely painful so I was so glad that my horse did not have to suffer long without meds. So it could be something bad, please get a vets opinion.
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post #4 of 9 Old 02-10-2012, 11:21 AM
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Try some probios.
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post #5 of 9 Old 02-10-2012, 11:30 AM
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My TB doesn't drop when he urinates, either. That may have nothing to do with his diarrhea, unless it's something new.

Still, if he's had runny poo for 2 weeks, it's time to call the vet. There's some imbalance in his system.

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post #6 of 9 Old 02-10-2012, 12:36 PM
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When I first got my guy, he and his entire heard he moved with had the runs from the stress of moving. Went away after a week or so, but it was obvious that was the cause.

Has anything changed for him lately?
How often is he being ridden/worked?
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post #7 of 9 Old 02-10-2012, 12:43 PM
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Better safe than sorry, I highly recommend calling the vet. They can be so much more helpful than we can as they were trained to deal with any sort of conundrum.

Good luck and hope he feels better soon

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It could be alot of things. Have you checked his temperature? Check that. Just off the top of my head, it could be ulcers, it could be sand, or it could even be a bacterial infection...

How is he fed? Does he eat off the ground (as in - is his feed dish on the ground?). What kind of soil do you have? Does he have plenty of forage?

I would take a scoop of the loose stool and put it in a water bucket to do the sand test. (put it in the bucket and let it dissolve, then slowly dump it out to see if there is sedament on the bottom). If there is then I would suggest adding selenium to his diet.

The probios is a good idea as well. That's the easy test. If it's not that then you'll probably need to have a vet out. They'll pull blood to make sure his kidneys are functioning properly and if they think there is need, they may scope for ulcers.

If they think it's a bacterial infection, they'll probably suggest you give him some cultured yogurt and might even give antibiotics.

I would say to expect to spend about $250 on the visit depending on where you live....

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post #9 of 9 Old 02-13-2012, 09:25 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks to all of your posts. My friend did call the vet and they assured her that it is OK for a gelding to 'not drop' in this very cold weather. They think he is a bit stressed and causing his stool to be looser. He did not have a temp either. I think he is better already. Vet agreed to the probios too....good advice there. He said it could not hurt (people too..haha). I think Cody is doing better already and I am grateful for your advice. Thanks!
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