I have never used a forum before, but I am becoming nearly desperate to figure out what my horses "condition" is. Numerous vets, experienced horse people, etc. can't seem to figure out what it may be.
My horse has some type of "diarrhea" issue that is consistent yet unconsistent. I use quotations for diarrhea because it isn't typical diarrhea. His actual poo is a little wet, but still formed, however he literally drips and squirts out poo-like liquid. I apologize for the gross-ness of this, but it is true. Most of the time it will just dribble down, but I find sometimes it will shoot about a foot out . This will go on every day, all day for a few months, then for no apparent reason it will stop. Then a couple of months or a few months later it starts again for no apparent reason. Normal diarrhea you would notice a change in the horse, drop in weight, moodiness, lethargy, but he remains in great shape with a great attitude, performance isn't effected. We have tried numerous things to help. Changed bedding, changed environment, change hay, change feed, tried suppliments, and he is on pro-biotics. It used to only really happen at horse shows and in stressful situations, but now it just happens and lasts for months. He is very sensitive mentally (he has high anxiety), so I have no doubt that this contributes to the problem, however his anxiety remains the same all year round and the "diarrhea" comes and goes. His equine massage therapist recommended reasearching "leaky gut syndrome" and it seems like a possibility, however after researching many sites, it never really states that this comes and goes as it does for my horse.
Has anyone experienced this before with a horse? Anyone have any suggestions, AT ALL? I feel so awful for my poor horse.
Thank you !!