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post #1 of 6 Old 08-15-2010, 02:11 AM Thread Starter
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Watery poops... when to call the vet?

For the past two days now (8/13,8/14) my horse has had loose, watery poops. They are a nice healthy green color but come out looking more like cow pies than horse apples!

The weird thing is that he had dribble stuck down between his butt cheeks and down his legs that looks awful. The poop in his stall and that he did in front of me didn't seem to do that but, to me, the gross stuff to get stuck in his hair like that is probably bad?

He's got his normal voracious appetite and seems be himself. He was amazing and very forward and perky in our lesson yesterday. He was less so today ... I think I am most likely reading too much into things and over analyzing but he seemed sort of uncomfortable which might be unrelated.

I've asked our trainer/BO to take his temperature tomorrow but assuming there is no temp or change -- how many days of diarrhea before I should call out a vet?

Edit: Yesterday (first day of watery poops) BO thought it might just be the new batch of hay and the changing of the seasons. He gets Omega-3 Horse Shine supplement daily which has a sand colic prevention. I'm hoping I'm just being paranoid but reading past posts on the subject here people seemed to suggest vets were a necessary call!

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Your barn owner is probably right, it's most likely the new batch of hay. I knew a gelding who was very sensitive to any feed change, and being in a barn with 16 or so other horses, they went through a lot of hay and bags of grain, so he never had time to fully adjust to anything to stop the diarrhea. My mare usually gets a little squirty [eww, lol] when she's in heat, and gets butt baths daily. There are products out to prevent scalding from it, but I can't think of what they're called.

So long as it's the right color, his temperature is normal, and his temperment/appetite is the same, I wouldn't worry about it until it's been a few weeks.

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Oh, also.

He's up to date on his de-wormings, right?

Horses with diarrhea will also become very dehydrated if they have it for too long, so make sure he's getting enough water, even if you have to add soaked timothy pellets to his grain.

Lastly, keep an eye on his weight. If he starts losing weight at all, that could indicate something more serious going on. Also, his coat may become dull if he's sick.

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Thanks :) He's not dehydrated at all and is drinking a normal amount of water. I think I was just up too late and got a little anxious. I'm sure it's just the hay. We'll give him five days and call the vet if it gets worse or doesn't get better :)

And yup, he is up to date on wormings and vaccines and the whole nine yards.

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post #5 of 6 Old 08-15-2010, 02:14 PM
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Do an occasional skin pinch or gum press test to make sure he's not dehydrated. It's probably the new hay, but never hurts to check.

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Yah, it is probably the new hay. Berdi had runny poo a couple weeks ago and it cleared up in a couple days. She showed no other bad signs so I wasn't too worried. As long as your horse is eating and drinking well and doesn't have a temperature he should be fine as long as it doesn't go longer than a few days.
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