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post #1 of 12 Old 04-02-2013, 10:16 AM Thread Starter
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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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post #2 of 12 Old 04-02-2013, 10:49 AM
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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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post #3 of 12 Old 04-02-2013, 12:06 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.
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post #4 of 12 Old 04-02-2013, 12:07 PM
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how old is your horse? Is your horse running a fever?

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post #5 of 12 Old 04-02-2013, 12:18 PM
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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.

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post #6 of 12 Old 04-02-2013, 12:33 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.
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post #7 of 12 Old 04-02-2013, 12:38 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.

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post #8 of 12 Old 04-02-2013, 12:41 PM
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Unless he is being kept in a stall you can't tell this for sure. Keep him inside for a day and check.

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post #9 of 12 Old 04-02-2013, 12:49 PM
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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 ..

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post #10 of 12 Old 04-02-2013, 07:35 PM
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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.

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