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post #1 of 13 Old 07-04-2011, 07:55 PM Thread Starter
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Question Persistent loose droppings?!

I have a 13 year old quarter horse who is regularly worked and fed a 80% roughage 20% grain diet but has really sloppy droppings. I have not recently changed her diet but the temperature outside has risen a bit since spring (in the 90s everyday). Could that be a factor? Should I feed her more fiber?
She "dances" when I try to tighten her girth (always has) and I have had her back checked as well as her saddle size and its not that. The vet said she was healthy. Its not quite diarrhea. Could she have chronic stomach pain? This has been going on for about a month now and the other horse at the barn has regular droppings. Im confused.
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post #2 of 13 Old 07-04-2011, 09:13 PM
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Is it possible he could be dehydrated? What kind of forage and grain is she on?
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I would vote ulcers as they can cause loose stools and 'cinchy' horses.
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I think I know what you mean by "loose" ...

Diarrhea is defined as liquid stool. Can dehydrate your horse and is to be taken as a major red flag that something is really off in regards to your horse's health

Dry stool is defined as stool that breaks apart upon impact with the ground....i.e. It crumbles. It is not a good sign, can signal dehydration, and cause colic like symptoms

Loose is defined as stool that is solid but wet and cannot hold any form. Meaning there is no shape or formed balls...it splats onto the ground and becomes one big pancake. Usually minor...but a signal to the owner, nonetheless, that something needs to be adjusted or remedied

"perfect" horse stool should have a shiny, wet sheen to it and hold it's form...i.e. It should look like moist poop balls.

I've put alot of effort into the study of horse poop...

Our horses got loose stool when we first put them out on grass in the spring....as soon as it got loose, we cut their grass time down until the stool stabilized and became "normal".

I HIGHLY reccomend you put your horse on a probiotic supplement. Loose stools can be something minor...or not. But it is a signal to YOU that your horse's digestion is off. It is not working as it should. Probiotics can be invaluable in stabilizing the digestive process, especially in the hind gut.

BOTH of my horses are on probiotics, given as a daily supplement. Except for the spring grass incident, their stools are always normal.

Alot of things, minor and not, can upset the normal colonization of the gut....probiotics can help resolve that.
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Dehydration is possible due to a gradually increased work load. She is on a coarse mix and good quality hay with a few hours of grazing a week.
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IMO, what I would do is put her on a probiotic and make sure she has lots of access to salt licks or salt/mineral blocks.....

Loose stools plus hot weather is not a good thing.
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The previous owner said that this happens every summer no matter what is fed to her. I don't know if I want to believe this over the health of my horse. This isn't that kind of thing that horse just have.
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I second the vote for Probiotics!
You could also feed her some slippery elm bark powder (SEBP) mixed into her feed (approx 1 - 2 tablespoons a day), as a preventative/cure for ulcers - this is relatively inexpensive, and it works!.... (The symptoms described could be ulcer related - and even if its not, the Probiotics and SEBP is not going to hurt her!)
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. This isn't that kind of thing that horse just have.

Do you mean the loose stools?

If so, then no, it isn't something a horse just has.

So, you say it's seasonal? Is she like this in the fall or winter?
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The previous owner said that this happens every summer no matter what is fed to her. I don't know if I want to believe this over the health of my horse. This isn't that kind of thing that horse just have.

No. I work my horse 5 days a week and its been hot and humid. He has soild poops. He has a salt block and I feed him electrolytes everyday.

Changes are if this has happened every summer, the prior owner has tried probiotics, but it won't hurt to try it again for yourself. However, I would suggest looking into ulcers a little further. Have you and your vet discussed this. It is highly possible, since the horse has changed owner and location (assuming location)
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