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post #1 of 5 Old 12-04-2012, 12:42 AM Thread Starter
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Feeding probiotics

Two of my horses have started having loose droppings, not bad as the manure is formed balls, it's just soft and there is some (for lack of a better word) anal leakage. I called the vet earlier and he wasn't real concerned, said it's more than likely due to our crazy weather keeping the grass growing at odd times and the fact that we started them on winter rye grass recently. He said just get them on a daily probiotic and call him if it got worse. I picked them up some Opti-Zyme earlier, now I'm sitting here thinking about it, how long do you normally feed a probiotic for?
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post #2 of 5 Old 12-04-2012, 02:32 AM
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I just got some probitioc, and am feeding it to two horses, i am just feeding the entire jar, and will stop if the stools get firmer. i am also feeding some bran with some vitamins. I have one horse (left by a boarder) who gets very runny poos, and leaky that you have to scrub it off his butt clear down to his hocks.
he is fat, has been dewormed with ivermectin, the wormer for tapeworms,and the fenbendazole dose for encased strongyles. I had two mares that had loose poos and tehy had the encased strongyles.. looked like a little snake when they finally passed... gross....
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post #3 of 5 Old 12-04-2012, 07:31 AM
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I think the answer might depend on each horse and their age.

My two mid-20's Fellas are on some form of microorganisms for the rest of their lives.

The 25 yr old TWH with the hind gut ulcers is on "Succeed", which is a pre-biotic.

The 26+ Arab with gastric stomach ulcers is on Daily Start by EquiShine because it's a pre-probiotic. I've started him on this, so it's too soon to tell if it's going to help him.

It's tought to find an affordable product that is both a prebiotic and a probiotic.

Prebiotics are Oligosaccharides,so anytime you see that word (that I copy/pasted, there are prebiotics in the product.

This is a credible article that describes the difference between pre and probiotics.

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post #4 of 5 Old 12-04-2012, 11:20 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks, I'll definitely read that...I've never even heard of prebiotics. These guys are all in their mid to late teens, up to date on wormings and everything. We really don't do much with them, just light riding. I was thinking that I may just feed out this bag (which will last about a month) and see what happens. My vet is so hard to get a hold of when you have general questions so I hate to call him, but I forgive it because in emergencies he comes ASAP.

When talking to him, it did make sense though. A lot of our summer grass has died off because of the late season and cooler nights, but it's been in the upper 60s and sometimes near 80 during the days which isn't normal for us at all. Because of that some grass is popping up that normally comes at spring and it's just got their bellies upset. He says since it's just two that are having issues and the other one is normal it points to that, plus he's seeing more cases of it lately. I'm hopeful that's all it is, but I sure hate seeing marks down their legs!
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post #5 of 5 Old 12-04-2012, 10:19 PM
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I feed pre/probiotics daily. Before I sometimes would have bouts of colic and diarrhea, but, to be honest, I haven't had EITHER since I added pre/probiotics to the diet. ::knock on wood:: I am NOT saying that this is the entire reason ... I could just be lucky. However, it's hard to ignore such a coincidence. I have been digestive problem free for 3 years and counting since adding them. Opti-Zyme is great. Smells good and the horses eat it and it isn't horribly expensive. I am not trying to be JLC/Activa spokesperson here, either, but if they help digestion, aid in nutrient uptake and prevent gastric distress to some degree, I don't see any reason not to feed them indefinitely, especially if you have senior horses that need better nutrient and mineral uptake.
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