very stinky manure
How can I say this delicately?
I have never smelled anything as horrible as the manure from our young Clyde / Thouroghbred. As manure goes, I think horse manure is the least offensive of all barnyard possibilities.
But this new young horse...the smell of a fresh pile will stop you in your tracks. Daughter (rider and poo shoveller) says she cannot stand to shovel up a fresh pile, so foul is the odour. It needs a while to air out. I have been around many horses and many horse events and stepped over many piles and never had my nose attacked quite like this!
We have only had him a couple months and I have noticed that he is a nervous pooper. The minute daughter rides out on old horse, he pitches a fit (we are not surprised by this) but develops instant nervous runny poo. Tonight when I went to check on the horses, I noticed that he had not eaten and was standing far off, which is NOT at all normal. My nose was hit with the twang of his last pile and upon investigation I found it covered with slimy mucous.
I am concerned for the smell that his poo has had since we got him and now more alarmed by his odd behaviour and slimy poo. Does anyone have any idea what is going on in that horse's gut? What can I do to correct? No, have not had vet out since it seems odd to call and say, can you come over, my horse's poo stinks. But if slime keeps up a vet will be called. Horse will be watched closely for any other changes in behaviour or signs of trouble.