Digestion Issues! - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 7 Old 09-22-2010, 10:04 AM Thread Starter
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 9
• Horses: 0
Digestion Issues!

A few months ago I had the vet out on a regular basis because my horse was ill. He was excessively drinking and had little urination. His sheath and legs filled to excessive amounts and he was of food.

A biopsy was done and it showed up inflammation in his hind gut. He is controlled by steroids but when we reduce the quantity down he starts to get runny poo again and goes off eating.

This morning his hind legs have filled up again but still on a high dose of steroids. Any idea why this keeps happening and what can we do?

I was thinking about asking my vet for a allergy test and if a investigation op would be worth while.
Oscarwild is offline  
post #2 of 7 Old 09-22-2010, 02:08 PM
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Seminole, OK
Posts: 1,861
• Horses: 3
I'm sorry you are having problems with your guy. What are you feeding him and how much?

Plain Old Dee, horses Dancer and Rain

I believe in dragons, unicorns, good men and other mythical creatures!
dee is offline  
post #3 of 7 Old 09-22-2010, 03:27 PM
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: British Columbia, Canada
Posts: 1,284
• Horses: 4
if you haven't already I would want a full blood panel done. Did the vet check his kidney function?
G and K's Mom is offline  
post #4 of 7 Old 09-22-2010, 03:37 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 9
• Horses: 0
Yeah we have done 2 full blood tests on him. The first one had a slight reduction in red and white cell count I think. But not enough to cause significant issue to anything. During that time he was given antibiotics for a cough he developed and a few weeks later was given another blood test. It showed the white and red cell count had returned within normal limits and that he had chronic inflammation. The vet said from the symptoms that was shown he thought the best place to investigate further was his intestines. Hense the biopsy that was done and all we got out of that was that he had inflmmation in his guts.
His kidney function etc were all normal.

He is only fed a tiny amount of chaff so he can take his steroids. As he tends to keep weight rather well unless his guts play up and he doesnt eat.
Oscarwild is offline  
post #5 of 7 Old 09-22-2010, 09:24 PM
Green Broke
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Arkansas
Posts: 4,138
• Horses: 3
I would dry lot him and put him on grass hay only. Something in your pasture could be causing the inflamation. I agree with having him tested for allergies.

I would ask your vet about putting him on anti-inflamatories like MSM, Yucca, or something similar. Steroids will cause kidney damage eventually.

You also need to diagnose what's causing the inflamation. If the allergy tests come up blank and pulling him off the pasture doesn't help, then I would take him to an equine hospital that can scope him and run more tests (like additional biopsies of the hind gut, analyze samples of stool, food, bedding, etc.).

Good luck!
luvs2ride1979 is offline  
post #6 of 7 Old 09-23-2010, 11:34 PM
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: secret mountain valley
Posts: 1,364
• Horses: 2
Did you do blood counts AND chemistry or just the blood counts?
tealamutt is offline  
post #7 of 7 Old 09-24-2010, 05:58 AM Thread Starter
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 9
• Horses: 0
We did full blood counts and chemistry.
Oscarwild is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Issues after Issues....Going to get lessons. Gidget Horse Training 1 06-17-2010 08:38 PM
I have many issues... LOL Nita English Riding 12 08-05-2009 07:58 PM
bit issues sniper4x4 Horse Training 12 07-19-2009 11:46 PM
help with leg issues jwhisperj Horse Training 0 10-23-2007 06:35 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome