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post #1 of 2 Old 06-02-2013, 05:39 PM Thread Starter
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Excessive Gas?

My 11 year old mare, Sophie, has always had quite the gas. I've had her for 4 years, and I can always remember her being very gassy no matter what her diet is. She isn't on any supplements and isn't given any feed. She has access to a pasture 24/7 and is fed hay in the winter. She tends to be more gassy when she is nervous, but I'm assuming that's normal (right?). Even while in the pasture she lets out long farts lasting for 3 seconds +. About every 5-10 minutes. Her poop is normal, and she doesn't give any signs of colic. She's been checked out by a vet and they said nothing about it (although it was just a checkup-I didn't ask about the gas). Does anyone know what could be happening with her or is this normal? I'll give more health details below.

Breed: QH
Age: 11
Foaled?: Yes (for sure more than once, unknown at what ages)
Diet: Pasture grass (access to salt block and water)

Any help would be Greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance.
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post #2 of 2 Old 06-03-2013, 07:44 AM
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Excessive gas is not normal. With your horse being a mare, there could be something in her reproductive system that is affecting her digestive tract, or it could be her digestive tract and nothing else.

Short of having the vet give her a physical to address the issue, I would start her on a high quality PRE/probiotic and see if that helps.

I have a gelding whose excessive gas and bloat to go with it, had my vet stumped.

The vet put him on meds which did help but not 100%.

After those were used up, I decided to put him on "Daily Start" by EquiShine, which is a PRE/probiotic. It has helped him a lot but again, not 100%. Daily Start has helped him enough that I'm not taking him off it.

Daily Start is a bit pricey but I feed it to two horses and I think it lasts about five weeks (I keep forgetting to mark the bag)

Digestive Supplements for Horses: Daily Start Probiotic by Equi-Shine

You're not out much by trying a good Pre/probiotic on her and the product certainly isn't going to hurt her. The worst that will happen is, if her system doesn't need it, she might get a touch of the runny bums

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