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        05-11-2013, 07:19 PM
      #11
    Foal
    I have known many people who feed their horses garlic.......This is bizzare......Usually when an animal consumes fecal matter they are lacking something in their diet, you may want to have some blood tests run by your vet to make sure your horse is not deficient in anything.....
         
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        05-13-2013, 09:04 AM
      #12
    Yearling
    Thank you for your replies! I rode the afternoon after posting this with Abby in the ring again. She pooped again, and this time Annie fought ME over it. I broke this horse, she's not a fighter. But we spent a good five minutes arguing over her right to the poop pile! I was in shock. In the end I was able to stand her over it (still under saddle,) and she'd ignore it, but the initial tantrum was nuts.


    I think the probios is probably a great idea, and she's not currently on an elecrolite so ill try that too.

    I've heard plain yogurt is good for probio boosting?
         
        05-13-2013, 09:25 AM
      #13
    Foal
    Plain Greek yogurt is best, once fruit and excess sugar is added (before packaging) the benefits of the live cultures there are dramatically decreased. (people, adding right before eating is ok, for those who are going to be thinking wait, I add fresh fruit to my yogurt all the time) But yes, for horses, dogs, us, Plain Greek yogurt is best to use for that good bacteria.

    I would be concerned though that she is so aggressively going after poop, to the point it sounds hard to control her. I would also have the vet out to do some blood work. How long has she been doing this?

    On another note, I add Apple Cider Vinegar to my horses ration, it acts as an internal bug repellant, aides digestion, and has many other benefits, and it is not toxic.
         
        05-13-2013, 09:56 AM
      #14
    Weanling
    Yogurt found in grocery stores has been pasteurized which kills any bacteria. Yogurts that contain probiotic bacteria have had them added in the end stages of processing and may or may not have enough of the appropriate type of bacteria to colonize in the gut--human or equine. Make your own live culture yogurt or go with a high quality veterinary product.
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        05-13-2013, 10:39 AM
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    Yearling
    How do you make your own yogurt? And I have plenty of apple cider vinegar around, so maybe ill switch to that for a bit instead of the garlic.

    And she's oly been doing this this past week. She's been stalled next to, turned out with and ridden with abby for almost four months now. This just started. And hard to control is an understatement, my horse reared, for the first time since I've owned her, over me asking her to back up. Usually, she tucks her head and is real careful about where she's putting her feet. This argument, she was everywhere. If I turned her way from the pile, she'd pick up both front feet for a 180 and nose dive right back into it. Its completely bizarre. Im going to see if I can't get a video today. Im going to be riding abby, so ill just put annie out while we work, and if abby poops, we'll get to see Annie sans-rider, going after the pile.
         
        05-13-2013, 02:55 PM
      #16
    Teen Forum Moderator
    You can get Probio tubes or powders at your local TSC, I believe. I give my mare a dose once a month, and I put a filly I'm rehabbing on a daily dose of 5g because she was having a LOT of GI problems and was emanciated. It seems to work well with her too. Its not extremely expensive, $6.99 per tube where I live, or $25 for a 30 day supply. It would be worth a try if you don't want to bother with the yogurt.
         
        05-13-2013, 03:10 PM
      #17
    Yearling
    Ill have to see if my feed store has anything like it. I don't have a TSC closeby, but I have a finish line, so maybe they'd have it if my local one doesnt....

    Thanks endiku!
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        05-13-2013, 03:15 PM
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    Teen Forum Moderator
    If all else fails, you can order it online as well ^_^

    Probios Feed Granules? The 5 lb tub is the one that lasts me 5-6 weeks.
         
        05-13-2013, 03:17 PM
      #19
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    What type of complete feed are you using?
    It could be the other horse that's not digesting its food properly and Annie is picking it out. If you're feeding one that has actual grains in it some might be passing through undigested - happens with oats and corn in particular.
    It does sound as if she is missing something in her diet.
    Have you tried hanging mineral blocks around the place?
    Re the garlic - Its commonly fed seasonally in the UK as the smell seems to help deter the biting 'midges' we get there and I've never had a horse suffer with any problem from it, most research seems to indicate that the risks occur if you feed over and above the recommended dose and where you source the garlic from.
    Whether or not its worth feeding to a horse as a general supplement if its already on a complete feed with added balanced minerals and vitamins would be very unlikely
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        05-13-2013, 03:29 PM
      #20
    Yearling
    Their diets are in the initial post. Neither is on a whole grain. Annie is on a 10% pellet feed, and abby only gets alfalfa cubes to mix her supplements in, no grains at all. Annie has a mineral block, abby has just a salt block.

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