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  • Is calcium bentonite clay and di tri octahedral smectite the same
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    03-30-2012, 11:24 AM
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Originally Posted by Horse Poor    
Ummm…NO it is not like diatomaceous earth (DE) - Bio Sponge is Di-tri-octahedral smectite, a form of bentonite clay.
And the bag of DE I have says it's Calcium Bentonite.
     
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    03-30-2012, 04:08 PM
  #12
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Originally Posted by Left Hand Percherons    
And the bag of DE I have says it's Calcium Bentonite.
And sodium bentonite is kitty litter, but one is not a substitute, or interchangeable for the other. Neither is bio-sponge. Considering how DE works, I personally, would not use it on any horse that had intestinal or gastric upset. Doing no harm is not the same as doing any good.
     
    03-30-2012, 09:19 PM
  #13
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My 28 year old has a looser poop. He went through about a 2 year stint where he had poop that was so loose that it almost looked like water when it came out and it landed in a big loose flat pile. The vet was out several times, we did blood work and dewormer, we also did sandclear, and yogurt. Then we gave him a five day powder pack of antibiotics. It helped alot so our only geuss was that he had scratched his intestines when he sand coliced the summer before.

I also switched him from equine senior to triple crowne senior and that was a massive difference. He's down to only 4 teeth now so I have him on a tiny pelleted feed that is almost powder. His poop is still a looser than a "normal" horse but it's much better.... He's also a couple hundred pounds heavier now then he was before...
     
    03-30-2012, 09:48 PM
  #14
Foal
Hi,

I dealt with diarrhea recently with my horse. His diarrhea ranged from "cow patties" to projectile. I had to clean his butt and back legs daily, very tough during the winter!

He maintained his weight, ate normal, drank normal, just had diarrhea. Everything checked out normal with the vet. I tried BioSponge and it did not help at all. I stopped feeding him alfalfa grass mix hay thinking the alf was causing the loose stools- nothing changed. I tried every probiotic under the sun to no avail. My vet recommended slippery elm, which finally dried him up. Slippery elm turns from a powder to a gel during digestion and coats the hind gut. All winter he got slippery elm twice a day, along with yea-sacc once a day. I recently started giving him slippery elm once a day and he has continued to have normal stools. He does have a bad day once in awhile, but the difference is huge.

It is such a frustrating problem! I hope your horse starts doing better soon.
     
    03-30-2012, 11:13 PM
  #15
Yearling
Cisco, I read your post with interest. I have a 33 year old who occasionally gets runny poop. It's always cleared up with Fastrack probiotics or the equivalent from Brookside. However it's great to know about slippery elm! He's so lean that if he gets runny poop he can drop weight quite fast, so this is a great tip.
     
    03-31-2012, 09:57 AM
  #16
Foal
Thank you for the info Cisco! I will look into that if what I'm doing now doesn't help. Today begins day 3 of no grain, a dose of Bio-Sponge and Probios. I was with her yesterday and we've improved from liquid projectile green sewage back to cow patties, I'm actually quite happy we are back to cow patties! I definitely know what you mean about having to clean their back end on a daily basis. I'm going to give the Bio-sponge and Probios a full week and if I'm still at the cow pattie stage I'll do the research and ask the vet about Slippery Elm, yea.. I do a ton of research before I put anything into my horses but it sounds like you've had a good result so I'm definitely encouraged!
     
    03-31-2012, 11:54 AM
  #17
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Originally Posted by Miloismyboy    
Thank you for the info Cisco! I will look into that if what I'm doing now doesn't help. Today begins day 3 of no grain, a dose of Bio-Sponge and Probios. I was with her yesterday and we've improved from liquid projectile green sewage back to cow patties, I'm actually quite happy we are back to cow patties! I definitely know what you mean about having to clean their back end on a daily basis. I'm going to give the Bio-sponge and Probios a full week and if I'm still at the cow pattie stage I'll do the research and ask the vet about Slippery Elm, yea.. I do a ton of research before I put anything into my horses but it sounds like you've had a good result so I'm definitely encouraged!
Glad you are seeing improvement with your horse! I do a lot of research before giving my horse anything too- defiantly understand that. From my research and my vets advice, it is important to buy the organic slippery elm. I give my horse Starwest Botanicals Slippery Elm. It is USDA organic. I hope you start seeing even more improvement with your horse soon!
     

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