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    07-05-2011, 12:25 PM
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Originally Posted by saveahorserideacowboy    
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.
This has me thinking sand. I have a couple questions, such as what is your ground like? Sandy? Where do you feed? On the ground? Has this horse been dewormed and how are the teeth? Do they drop a lot of feed? Can they eat hay? Horses need roughage to push the poop through.

I would take a bit of the manure and put it in a bucket of water. Let it sit for about 30 minutes and then slowly dump it out. If there is sand or dirt on the bottom then yo have a sand issue and will want to consider adding pselinium (sorry about the spelling) to the horses diet. I would suggest sandclear.

I also would consider trying some yogurt (the kind with the bacteria in it) for a meal or two. The probiotics are not a bad idea.

If the teeth aren't that great then I would look into a senior feed. I know 13 is not old but if there is an issue with the roughage intake then it won't hurt to switch to a full source feed. Or to add a hay additive to the diet. But the sand is my first thought on this.
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    07-05-2011, 05:30 PM
I will ask my vet again. I've also seen her cough up grass while riding in a dusty arena. She uses a hackamore so there is no way its stuck in her bit .
(could it be stuck in her teeth?) Should I be worried?
    07-05-2011, 10:08 PM
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That sounds like her teeth may need to be floated. Do you feed her on the ground? Have you noticed if she drops a lot of feed? It is very possible she is getting the grass stuck in between her teeth and her cheek. That's what my old guy does. He actually has very few teeth and will chew his grass or hay into a "cud" and then spit it out.

feed, grain, poop

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