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  • Odd shaped mucus manure in horse
  • Horse has mucus in poop

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    09-22-2013, 07:06 PM
  #1
Yearling
New Horse questions

Hello, I just got my new mare Flame today. I have 2 questions.

1) A few months back she cut open her foot on a piece of steel. She then proceeded to bleed, and almost died. (I guess it hit an artery?) By the looks of it, does it looked healed? Do you think she will be fine for riding? (I'm having a vet out soon)


Here is the hind foot which wasn't as bad as the front:


2) I was waiting for her to poop today to make sure she was adjusting good and having no problems, and it turned out like this:
what's the white stuff wrapped around the poop at the bottom? It felt like fat off of a steak. Is it worms? Or something else?

Thanks to anyone who can help!
     
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    09-22-2013, 07:35 PM
  #2
Weanling
IMHO, I would not ride her with X rays proving that she is sound, and I would give her at least year to heal. With the poop, it appears to be worms, but idk, I'm not to sure. How old is she, what breed, history, and a full body pic, how much did you pay?
     
    09-22-2013, 07:47 PM
  #3
Green Broke
I would get a farrier to look at her. The injured hoof needs attention from the cut but the other one looks similar. Her leg is huge above the injured foot so I am confused to what all she hurt. Her manure is very abnormal looking and odd colored. I hope she is receiving proper care before and now. When a horse has mucous in there manure that is not a good sign.
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    09-22-2013, 08:13 PM
  #4
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Chickenoverlord    
IMHO, I would not ride her with X rays proving that she is sound, and I would give her at least year to heal. With the poop, it appears to be worms, but idk, I'm not to sure. How old is she, what breed, history, and a full body pic, how much did you pay?
She is a 10 year old Egyptian Arabian. We believe she had a baby a few years back. She has had 3 homes so far (not including ours) and the most recent one is where she cut her leg open at. I have multiple full body pictures under the Horse Talk category under the title of New Horse. She is overweight currently, but we are starting to work her on lunge tomorrow.
     
    09-22-2013, 08:21 PM
  #5
Yearling
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Originally Posted by churumbeque    
I would get a farrier to look at her. The injured hoof needs attention from the cut but the other one looks similar. Her leg is huge above the injured foot so I am confused to what all she hurt. Her manure is very abnormal looking and odd colored. I hope she is receiving proper care before and now. When a horse has mucous in there manure that is not a good sign.
She has been receiving farrier attention since the accident. The hoof is still growing out the vertical ridge it had, and we aren't sure if it will grow out normal or not. We got her for free (to answer the previous person's post) since the guy we got her from didn't have the time or patience to deal with her. (Plus he just lost his favorite horse last year to potomac fever and it getting out of horses now). She cut her legs on a piece of steel on the barn (I'm guessing she ran past into it) and from what I understand she totally sliced off the larger piece of skin and almost bled to death. Luckily the old owner put on a bandage to compress it and slow down the bleeding. I believe she had surgery on it (she has stitch scars). Tonight we touch it and it just feels like scar tissue left over. My horse has the same thing on his face when he gouged a hole in his.

And as for the poop, it is normal colored, the picture threw off the color. It was quite fresh also so it was a lighter, wetter brown. The white stuff reminded me of fat off of meat cuts. We are bringing in poop to the vet (the same stuff that's in the picture) to see. Also, I'm browsing the web now
     
    09-22-2013, 09:00 PM
  #6
Green Broke
I have seen mucous in poop like that on horses that have colicked. I asked my vet about it one time and he said it was because the intestines are irritated. I would think a mild colic or change of diet could cause that.

My Fox Trotter mare has a hoof with a scar very similar to that and she is very sound. I don't know how long ago it happened because she had it when I bought her, but it doesn't seem to cause her any problems now.

The scar in the hoof wall is likely permanent. My mare has a permanent scar growing down the hoof wall too. Worse than yours in fact. When the coronet band is badly damaged it will alter the growth of the hoof forever after. But that doesn't mean the horse can't be sound. My girl is.
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    09-22-2013, 09:08 PM
  #7
Yearling
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Originally Posted by trailhorserider    
I have seen mucous in poop like that on horses that have colicked. I asked my vet about it one time and he said it was because the intestines are irritated. I would think a mild colic or change of diet could cause that.

My Fox Trotter mare has a hoof with a scar very similar to that and she is very sound. I don't know how long ago it happened because she had it when I bought her, but it doesn't seem to cause her any problems now.

The scar in the hoof wall is likely permanent. My mare has a permanent scar growing down the hoof wall too. Worse than yours in fact. When the coronet band is badly damaged it will alter the growth of the hoof forever after. But that doesn't mean the horse can't be sound. My girl is.
You just re-assured me so much, I've been freaking out that she wouldn't be sound enough for me to keep her. I've only had her for a few hours and I already love her. Selling her after she is trained will be so hard.

Today she changed hay, grain and grass, so maybe that's bothering her. I'll keep an eye on her for the next couple days.

As for her hooves, she has 2 scars on the one foot. I really hope she will be sound enough to compete. I still will probably get x-rays done on her front to make sure nothing will limit her. I can see her being a good kids horse already, it will just make me so sad when I most likely end up selling her. But I guess you can't keep them all
     
    09-22-2013, 09:14 PM
  #8
Showing
I knew a gelding with a similar injury. He got caught in a fence and ripped his coronet and hoof open. He was never sound enough to ride again. His hoof looked just like your mare's.
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    09-22-2013, 09:19 PM
  #9
Yearling
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Originally Posted by DraftyAiresMum    
I knew a gelding with a similar injury. He got caught in a fence and ripped his coronet and hoof open. He was never sound enough to ride again. His hoof looked just like your mare's.
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And the worry train is back. I have no idea what I will do with her if she can't be ridden. She would be back to where she was before I got her, being sent off to an auction where she would probably be a meat horse.
     
    09-22-2013, 09:49 PM
  #10
Weanling
If She isn't sound or riding, she could be a cart horse. Make a nice driver!
     

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