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post #1 of 9 Old 05-22-2014, 08:40 PM Thread Starter
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Rich pasture and very loose poop

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My horses are currently on a very rich pasture all day long. I have them boarded at a barn and the pastures that the horses are put on in the spring and summer are currently very full and rich. They look good enough that I could eat! My Thoroughbred gelding has been having diarrhea since being put on the pasture about a week ago. He seems good otherwise he has just had constant diarrhea. He is out all day and then comes in at night and gets his grain and then no hay at night. I am wondering if the lack of any dry forage is causing this. Is the diarrhea something to worry about or is it normal when they are on lush pasture? Any thoughts are appreciated. thanks!
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Welcome to the forum! I would ask the Barn Owner, (BO) to gradually introduce him to the pasture to a few hrs in mid-afternoon, (sugars are highest in the a.m. in spring) then have him brought in to another less rich paddock and then when fed again, given only dry hay until the next day. Our horses are such large animals, but yet their digestive system is as fragile as an eggshell. Try this, and good for you to be so observant!! :)
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post #3 of 9 Old 05-22-2014, 08:48 PM
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I would just worry about founder if the horse is not used to the rich food it could easily founder.
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post #4 of 9 Old 05-22-2014, 08:51 PM
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Also, it's very much o.k. to make these requests at any barn where you are paying board.... Do not be intimidated if the barn owner acts surprised, or tries to talk you differently. You have this knowledge, and know what's best for your horse. When summer comes, your horse can be out like that, but not now. Good luck :)
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When our horses have had diarrhea from too much grass or a richer quality food, I put them on probiotics for a week....seems to clear it up. Also make sure that he is drinking plenty of water as well.
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He is out all day and then comes in at night and gets his grain and then no hay at night.
Does this mean he is in all night with no hay? If so, that would be a bigger problem than runny poop.

If the pasture is that rich, you might do better giving him a flake of hay instead of grain. If he IS in all night, more than a flake would be advisable.
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Does this mean he is in all night with no hay? If so, that would be a bigger problem than runny poop.

If the pasture is that rich, you might do better giving him a flake of hay instead of grain. If he IS in all night, more than a flake would be advisable.
^^^^Ditto that and shame on the barn owner if that really is the case.

Horses are forage animals - they have been since their hooves hit the ground thousands of years ago. It's a wonder your horse hasn't colicked by now.

If he is in all night, he needs to be 1.5% - 2% of his desired weight in hay and that information can be found on any credible equine website, including university sites.

I have heard of some questionable barn owners that barely give a horse hay because a bale of hay cuts into their profit margin.

I think this is the first time I have ever heard of a barn owner not giving a horse any hay when it's locked in a stall all night. The BO should know better -- is this a non-experienced family or friend doing you a favor? Regardless of who it is, if all your horses come in at night, they have to have hay.

Yet they will feed grain? You must be providing the grain?

The acidic juices in a horse's stomach never stop trying to process something which is why horses pretty much graze 24/7.

Grain at night and no hay for the entire night is also a good way to encourage ulcers and colic.

The loose manure stands a good chance of righting itself, if the horse receives hay at night. If not, giving the horse a quality probiotic might help. Probios is not expensive and can be bought at Tractor Supply.

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I can somewhat see where the BO is coming from... they won't eat the hay anyway lol. Mine never did. BUT..I offered, and I had straw out on pasture which was very much welcomed and eaten.

I'd ask to cut the grain to merely a handful and give a couple of flakes of hay for the night... or good clean straw
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post #9 of 9 Old 06-04-2014, 11:18 PM
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is it possible to keep him out all night too? he will eat it down faster also...but the switching around from rich grass at day then nothing at night...is asking for trouble...

I second what the other people said about this...if the BO thinks it is cheaper this way wait till he colics...good luck and i hope you can work something out!! if nothing can change and this is the way it got to be i would move barns..
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