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  • Chronic equine watery stool
  • causes of loose stools in horses

 
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    02-23-2012, 08:51 PM
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OTTB-Watery stools?

I have a 4 -coming 5 year old OTTB. A month ago he had severe diarrhea for a few days and the vet had him on biosponge for a week and it went away. Now a week and a half ago, it came back. He was put back on biosponge but it is not making a difference this time..The vet will be back out on Monday. Just wondering if anyone has any idea? He ran his last race in July of 2011 and retired healthy and sound. UTD on everything. He is a very laid back horse, but is in a smallish stable majority of the time-in which he paces all day and chews on wood often. Also, he is on grass hay only..
     
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    02-23-2012, 09:27 PM
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Originally Posted by AfleetAgain    
I have a 4 -coming 5 year old OTTB. A month ago he had severe diarrhea for a few days and the vet had him on biosponge for a week and it went away. Now a week and a half ago, it came back. He was put back on biosponge but it is not making a difference this time..The vet will be back out on Monday. Just wondering if anyone has any idea? He ran his last race in July of 2011 and retired healthy and sound. UTD on everything. He is a very laid back horse, but is in a smallish stable majority of the time-in which he paces all day and chews on wood often. Also, he is on grass hay only..
The vet was giving your horse BioSponge to suck up the toxins thinking that his body would have enough good bacteria to normalize the stool and the GI tract. This is very common. There is a new technology of Probiotic that was just introduced that my vet gave me that is Live Equine Bacteria as opposed to the normal yeast or dairy type of bacteria that will not react but just bind and leave. From what I am hearing is that this new Equine probiotic is doing the job. The website is Equiotic- Live Equine Sourced Microbial Probiotic- Bluegrass Equine. The video is quite informative how it works.
     
    02-23-2012, 11:48 PM
  #3
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I have an OTTB, and he can't stay in a small stable area at all. Much like yours, he paces and stresses something terrible. A little over a year ago, he suffered a fairly minor susensory ligament injury and we had tostable him for 4 weeks. After the first 2 weeks we had to add a calming agent to his feed so that he wouldn't pace himself into oblivion and allow his leg to rest. But when he was stressing so hard his stool got soft, no diarrhea, but much softer than normal. As long as he's turned out and with his buddies he's perfectly okay. It's possible it's stress related to some degree. I remember a while ago when we went to transport a rescue horse, she was so stressed out from the move she got diarrhea. Did I mention yet how much fun that was to clean out of the trailer? Wow. Anyway, it's something to think about. Do you have a pasture there that your horse can be turned out to?
     
    02-24-2012, 12:09 AM
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Thanks, both of you!, I too have wondered if he was stressed being in a small space, he did fine when ridden 3 days a week..There is a pasture where I board but it is shared between 13 others, so its difficult to get him out much. Unfortunately we've had a lot of snow and ice so he hasnt had any exercise other than walking laps in his stall nonstop. I have also noticed that he seems to click his tongue often, especially when pacing, (it sounds more like he's smacking his lips together). Other than the loose stools, he seems fine- no fever or loss of appetite.
     

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