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Abby 11-29-2007 08:22 PM

Stomach Sounds and Odd Poop. I'm worried.
I just brought my boy home a few days ago and he was doing great. The first day we brought him home, he did great! Everything was wonderful, he settled in right away and made himself at home. The second day was different. His stomach has been making strange gurgling sounds. He doesn't seem to be uncomfortable but he's a tough boy and doesn't get bothered by much. His poop has been strange too, it was very very green, kind of greenish than the normal brown horse poo. Then it go very soft. It wasn't water and didn't smell any worse, its just very loose. He has had a lot of gas too. I'm not sure whats wrong. Its been a mixture between mush and soft-regular poo. He doesn't have like, grassy hay in like normal either, its very plain. He's been eating like a pig and drinking regularly. I'm starting to get worried, his stomach has been hard too compared to his first day. Its been quite a few days since he's moved in now and he's still the same. He doesn't seem uncomfortable or even in any pain, so I am really confused.

If it helps he is a 7 year old Morgan gelding. I'm thinking to call a vet. Could it be bots? I found some eggs on his shoulder. I was told he was wormed a month or so ago before the cold hit but I'm starting to question it.

Anyone have any ideas / suggestions to throw out there?

Vidaloco 11-29-2007 08:34 PM

Sounds like a change in diet has his tummy upset. Are you feeding him anything different than what he was getting before you got him? Stress and nerves can cause a loose stool too so maybe he is just going through an adjustment. I know its the lack of gut sounds that you should worry about usually.

Edit: I would still have the vet check him out

Abby 11-29-2007 08:37 PM

He was being fed Grass-hay or something and he's now being fed Alfalfa and Timothy with grain. I don't think he was getting grain before. The new hay and grain could be the cause.

Whew, that makes me feel much better.

Vidaloco 11-29-2007 08:43 PM

The richer diet is probably the culpret. watch giving too much grain, and make sure he gets more hay than anything else. You may want to cut the grain to almost nothing for awhile and see how he goes.

DGW1949 11-30-2007 04:12 AM


Originally Posted by Vidaloco
The richer diet is probably the culpret. watch giving too much grain, and make sure he gets more hay than anything else. You may want to cut the grain to almost nothing for awhile and see how he goes.

+1 on what Vidaloco said.

I'd cut back on the Alfalfa too..... Some horses can't tolerate much of it. Some horses can't tolerate it at all.

If you need some sort of suppliment program to go along with the hay.... Instead of feeding grain, you might try a pelleted feed which has the correct protien/vitiman/mineral package for your horse's needs.

Might not hurt to run all this past your vet too. It could be that your horse has a lack of good bacteria and/or needs wormed. A vet can also help you figure out a proper feeding plan for your new guy.

In any case, be very carefull not to make abrupt diet changes.
Doing that will often lead to problems.

Hope this helps.

jazzyrider 12-06-2007 06:13 AM

yeah, sounds like the change in diet is affecting him somewhat. new diets should be slowly introduced.

i second what vida said too. its a lack of gut noises that should ring alarm bells :)

Abby 12-06-2007 10:52 PM

His stomach is still mildly upset and I just found MORE bot eggs on his shoulder and all down his sides, and some even on his chin and cheek. Ugh. He's been chewing at them and I'm afraid he's got bots. I bought Invercare since its a Anthelmintic and Boticide in case he's got any worms because he hasn't been yet this year and its already winter!

I can't afford the vet right now, so I'm going to administer it myself. His heart girth is 72 inches and he's about 14.2 or 14.3 hands. How much would he weight? He's not very round, he's quite light, since he's a Morgan, he's got a small/Arabian tree size, and a 33 inch girth. His blanket size would be 72, if that helps any.

Anyone know? Please and thanks.

Vidaloco 12-07-2007 05:50 AM

Here is a quick calculator for estimating horse weight:

You need to scrape the bot eggs off. Take him to someplace he doesn't eat, driveway roundpen etc. Use a bot knife if you can find one or a regular butter knife, anything with an edge will work, even your fingernail but the bot knife works best and fastest.
Its better to over-dose than under-dose on the wormer.

Abby 12-08-2007 02:35 PM

The weight tape I have says something like 995lbs. The calculator says 1259lbs.

I did buy a bot knife, but it took me a long time to effectively get them off, it took a while, and I've gotten most of them. I want to get ALL of them off before I worm him, or it will be pointless.

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