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    11-02-2013, 06:33 PM
Runny manure

Hi.. I just got my second horse shipped to me yesterday. He seems to be doing well.. except I've noticed that his manure is very wet.. and there is no form to it. It would be the equivalent of dhiarrea to a human. I've read some information on it.. and from what I understand, it could be anything from salmonella.. to change of diet.. to other infections. His stool was fine a few days ago. I have a feeling it's from stress of moving, new environment, and new diet. What has any of your experiences been with this? What's helped? I have the vet on standby in the meantime.. just in case. Thanks in advance.
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    11-02-2013, 07:03 PM
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What exactly does "have the vet on standby" mean?

He/she gave you advice and said "call me if the horse takes a turn for the worse"?

The stools were normal "a few days ago". Does that mean right before the horse was shipped, or has the horse been on your property for a few days and has just now developed a serious case of the runny bums?

You've no doubt paid some decent money for this horse plus the expense of having him shipped.

I would have the vet out, regardless of when the diarrhea started. Bowels that loose are never a good thing, even if it is "only" stress.
    11-02-2013, 07:14 PM
Thanks for your reply. By "on standby".. I mean that I've called the vet.. and told them what I'm seeing. I wanted to make sure that if I call again, they would be able to come out right away.

Bentley (his name) just came out yesterday. He's been at my barn for 24 hours. The last time I visited him was on Wednesday. Whenever we are out, or I'm grooming him, I will take note on his condition. His manure was normal that day.
    11-02-2013, 07:35 PM
How is the rest of him? Chances are it's the stress of moving, and if he's eating well, drinking well and he IS producing manure then I don't think you have anything to worry about. On a similar note, this time of year, every year, my horse develops runny manure as well. We have had the vet out, the vet says it's just "the time of year", his system is adjusting to the grass and the weather, and he is otherwise very healthy.
    11-02-2013, 07:43 PM
I would assume it is the stress of moving and traveling combined with new water new feed new hay etc... If it didn't improve with in the next day or two then I would be more concerned.

Congratz on the new horse!
    11-02-2013, 07:45 PM
Hi Alexis. He seems to be acting completely normal. Once he arrived, he started eating hay right away. Taking him outside, he fed on grass like normal as well. Didn't refuse any grain either. His water bucket wasn't completely empty.. but he definitely seemed to be drinking.
    11-02-2013, 11:12 PM
We get horses from Europe all the time, and after a 17+ hour flight, and then sometimes a very long drive afterwards, we have had plenty of horses that arrive a little shaken up and with some pretty nasty diarrhea. Normally clears up within the week. Although, we do tend to have a vet on alert as well.... just in case. :)
    11-03-2013, 01:18 AM
Originally Posted by Alexmac156    
Hi Alexis. He seems to be acting completely normal. Once he arrived, he started eating hay right away. Taking him outside, he fed on grass like normal as well. Didn't refuse any grain either. His water bucket wasn't completely empty.. but he definitely seemed to be drinking.
Then it sounds like you're going to be fine. If he's eating, passing things through (do you hear gut sounds? The one time I had intestinal issues with a horse that's one of the thing the vet stressed. If you hear gut sounds thinks are working, silence is what you want to avoid). Give your horse a few days to settle in, keep an eye on him and if he doesn't show signs of discomfort / something further being wrong, just keep the vet "in the loop". Chances are he'll be back to normal quickly, and if he isn't THEN talk to your vet and look into changing his diet and stabilizing his system.
    11-03-2013, 09:13 AM
Oh good.. that put my mind at ease. I can definitely hear his tummy. Kind of like a humans stomach will "growl" or make sounds if we don't feel good. I'll keep an eye on it. Thanks for your help!
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    11-06-2013, 10:50 AM
Good news.. all his manure is back to complete normal. I feel like a weirdo looking every single time he goes.. but he's good to go!

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