Runny poo after adding salt?

       The Horse Forum > Keeping and Caring for Horses > Horse Health

Runny poo after adding salt?

This is a discussion on Runny poo after adding salt? within the Horse Health forums, part of the Keeping and Caring for Horses category

LinkBack Thread Tools
    07-05-2011, 06:53 PM
Runny poo after adding salt?

I've recently added harvest salt from buckeye feeds to my geldings feed as just a orecautionary because its been really hot and humid lately with lots of heat advisories. I talked with a nutritionalist about it. Gunnar has a big red salt lick in turnout but none in his stall because he rips the holders off the wall and if I put a salt lick in his feed bin he picks it up and puts it in his water bucket or on the grounds then tramples it -_- so harvest salt is made to replace what he loses through sweat. I was told one ounce per day. Well it seems he has runny poo now :( should I cut back to 1/2 ounce per day?
Posted via Mobile Device
Sponsored Links
    07-05-2011, 09:27 PM
You need to talk with your vet, not a nutritionalist(??)

Our vet does NOT reccomend adding salt to a horses feed ...called force feeding.....unless the horse is in heavy training and a vet is consulted first.. He says it can cause serious chemical imbalances in the blood, and can cause severe kidney problems. Even death.

IMO, NO ONE should force feed salt unless a vet has been consulted first.

The fact that your horse's poop is watery means it is taking in TOO much water....i.e. It is thirsty because it is being fed more salt than normal and is drinking more water than normal. If this keeps up, you could be facing medical issues much more serious than watery poop.
    07-06-2011, 01:47 PM
Okay, I'll stop the salt. Thanks
Posted via Mobile Device
    07-06-2011, 01:54 PM
Please call your vet and ask him/her about this. In the meantime, yes, I suggest you stop the salt.

Runny poo should not be taken lightly...and salt should not be force fed unless under a vet's supervision.

Buy your horse a Himalayan salt lick, he'll love you for it, and the chances of salt/mineral overdose is zero.
    07-06-2011, 02:20 PM
Don't 'stop' the salt. Instead offer a salt block so your horse can have free choice when he needs it.
    07-06-2011, 02:24 PM
Some salts are actually used as laxitives so you have to know what you're feeding. It can also lead to dehydration.
    07-06-2011, 03:28 PM
Originally Posted by mls    
Don't 'stop' the salt. Instead offer a salt block so your horse can have free choice when he needs it.

I respectfully disagree on providing a salt lick NOW ..... Until a vet has been consulted about this horse's issues and/or the watery poo has returned to normal, I would not offer this horse salt of ANY kind. Having this kind of reaction to the force feeding of salt is extreme. Many people force feed their horses salt, even though it is dangerous, and do not have this problem. There could be serious health consequences.

The force feeding could have upset/damaged the digestive system or kidneys or at the very least upset this horse's electrolyte balance/blood no salt, even free choice, should be given until a vet is consulted and advice given by the vet.

Once this has passed, normal stool returns, and on the vet's ok...THEN and ONLY then would I proceed to provide salt licks. First, the watery poo needs stabilized and a vet consulted.

I suggested the Himalayan salt lick be provided.....I meant ONCE this has stabilized and a vet consulted. I should have specified that. Just give your vet a call, describe what is happening and ask if a salt lick is ok once the poo has normalized.
    07-11-2011, 05:15 PM
Use a salt block because horse will only lick it when they are lacking in it, so if you over dose them then they will poo lots

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Runny Poop... Help? awaface Horse Health 12 03-27-2011 12:52 PM
Runny Eyes! VanillaBean Horse Health 9 02-20-2010 09:46 AM
runny stools? heyycutter Horse Health 12 02-13-2010 11:07 PM
Runny, closed eye? Help! equiniphile Horse Health 24 01-21-2010 08:43 PM
runny nose cheethamz17 Horse Health 10 02-02-2008 12:05 AM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 11:17 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0