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    04-02-2013, 11:16 AM

My gelding hasn't pooped. He is drinking normally, eating, normal gut sounds, but he hasn't pooped. I brought him in from the field last night around 7:30, and I check on him this morning at 6:30 to feed and I didn't find ONE poop on the ground. I suspected colic but he is drinking and eating and has normal gut sounds. I told my mom to watch him while I go to school and then tell me when he poops. Or try to put him in the trailer b/c that ALWAYS makes him poop. What are your thoughts on it?

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    04-02-2013, 11:49 AM
He might be eating the poop. I'd keep an eye on him and would notify the vet to keep him/her on standby.
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    04-02-2013, 01:06 PM
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Eat drink pee poop, one of those missing something is wrong. Have you worked him really hard ? Feed him soup tonight. IE couple gallons of water with just enough grain and beat pulp to get him to drink it all. I wouldnt feed him anything but extrememly soaked beet pulp till he goes.
    04-02-2013, 01:07 PM
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How old is your horse? Is your horse running a fever?
    04-02-2013, 01:18 PM
If one of my horses didn't appear to have pooped, I would go on high alert. With good gut sounds and appetite, I would feel somewhat "relieved", but I would vigilantly monitor them.
    04-02-2013, 01:33 PM
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I'm like Missy May - I go on panic alert if any of mine don't poop.
The gut sounds are a good sign but horses will often initially still eat when they have a blockage or pain.
Agree be careful how much you feed him in until things are normal again - just soupy stuff would be safest.
    04-02-2013, 01:38 PM
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The reason I asked for the age is because an older horse may not poop as much as a younger horse and then I ask about a fever because that is one of the first things I check when something is off.
    04-02-2013, 01:41 PM
Unless he is being kept in a stall you can't tell this for sure. Keep him inside for a day and check.
    04-02-2013, 01:49 PM
Do you have yard birds? My chickens make quick work of Gunner's poo in his pen ..

After that, I second his maybe eating his poo ..
    04-02-2013, 08:35 PM
I agree with Miss May... I would be on high alert, never a bad idea to be vigilant when you are unsure of your horse's health. I am lucky, my vet lives next door to my ranch so he makes regular walk over visits. In your case I would at least call your vet and let them know what is going on and see what they have to say and what you should do.

Good luck to you and your horse!!


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