I have a three year old filly that tends to have a nervous gut. When I first bought her in the fall of '05 she had some loose stool/diarrhea when I moved her to her new home. After a little while she settled and the loose stool stopped.
I have recently moved her again to a stable that has an indoor arena and other amenities that appealed to me. I knew that she would probably have loose stools again with the move but that was three weeks ago now and the loose stool/diarrhea still have not stopped. Any suggestions as to how I can get this under control? Or why this may be occuring?
I have a 25 year old mare who does the same thing whenever she goes anywhere new. I think it may just be your filly's personality, maybe she'll outgrow it.
I take an empty tube of wormer and fill it with a mixture of 2 tbsp baking soda with Pepto-Bismol and give that to her every four hrs. I use one of those wormer halter/bits to make sure she gets the full dose. This was vet-approved.
If that doesn't work, I just give her generic Imodium (calculating the dosage by weight as recommended on the box) which I have also had approved by the vet. I crush it up in applesauce, load in the wormer tube and inject into the wormer halter/bit. TaDa, droopy poopy all gone.
I was buying their tubes at $25 to give every four hours but the above remedy works 100% better and 100% cheaper.
Thanks tuffstuff, I'm going to give that a try. My horse absolutely hates to be wormed though...what is a wormer halter/bit? Anything to make life easier :)
You can get it at Tractor Supply or online...shoot, can't remember the official name of it but it's black nylon and goes on like a headstall with a big plastic bit (adjustable - I use it from a 1250 lb horse to a 300 lb mini) that is hollow inside with a hole right in the apex of the bit in the middle of the mouth.
I'll look online and get back to you!
Okay, got it..I think there's several brands now but it's "Easy Wormer Drench Bit from Grooma"...$15.95 at Valley Vet (valleyvet.com)....I like them b/c they ship for free with a $25 order. I can ALWAYS find something to round it up to that!
You'll LOVE it for worming or administering any kind of med.
Cool, I'll be sure to check it out. Also I'm going to give her electrolytes and probios too. Thanks a bunch :)
You're welcome :) yeah, good thinking, the prios are good to halt it too - I keep some in my barn fridge just in case.
Just something else to consider...
A lot of horses will get diarrhea simply from changes in their hay. While I'm sure nerves have a lot to do with it, if you can try to bring a bale of hay from the old barn and slowly incorporate the new hay in with it. Horses have such delicate digestive tracks that any change can cause tummy trouble! :)
Did you have called a vet?
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