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post #1 of 7 Old 09-22-2014, 01:56 PM Thread Starter
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Need advice for my mare

Hi all,
I'm new to this forum but I'm kinda at a loss and in need of help. I have a 15yr. old mare who has been having diarrhea on and off for months and rapid weight loss. The owner of the ranch where she is kept has been trying to help me figure this out. She is wormed regularly, fed alfalfa 2x daily, obviously has clean water and bran with psyllium 2x weekly. Now I've put her on a regiment of senior, rice bran as well a kaopect for her diarrhea. I've stopped working her as she is thin and don't want to cause discomfort to her..I love my girl but just feeling really discouraged as to what to do next besides blood work. Vet has been out numerous times and that's when we found LIGHT sand in stool but I've had that cleared up for awhile...any suggestions are welcome!

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post #2 of 7 Old 09-22-2014, 06:24 PM
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I do not have a whole lot of wisdom to share unfortunately.

One thing that came to mind is, if you are switching her feeds that can cause diarrhea. A simple change such as more pasture or a different mix of hay will give my mare looser manure for a few days.

To put weight on my ottb we have been letting have as much hay/pature as she wants, a salt licks, a vitamin supplement and 2kg of Purina Hi Fat Hi Fiber each day.

Also it might not be a bad idea to give her some exercise. Even just lunging twice a week or something. You don't want her to lose muscle mass as well as the fat she is losing.

Best of luck to you and your mare.
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She is wormed regularly, fed alfalfa 2x daily, obviously has clean water and bran with psyllium 2x weekly.
That she is wormed regularly doesn't necessarily mean it's effectively - if you're not sure about that, a fecal count and asking the vet to drench might be the answer.

What other forage aside from alfalfa does she get? Maybe grazing is particularly rich, maybe she gets too much alfalfa... How much & have you considered nutritional balance of what she's getting? On that note, why the bran? This is good for correcting Ph/Ca imbalances but can cause one if her levels were ok without.

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Now I've put her on a regiment of senior, rice bran as well a kaopect for her diarrhea.
For how long? What 'senior', how much, how often? Bloodwork, or at least a diet analysis would be a good move, to see what she may be lacking or ODed in. Ulcers/acidosis are another common cause.
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Thank you both for your suggestions. I have had her on 3# of senior and rice bran for a month and a half now I know I'm not going to see results that soon but my ranch owners are worried someone will say something about her...It's been a frustrating year with my girl and I just need her to be well so we can enjoy eachother. Blood work will be taken next week and I will speak to him about drenching her...Maybe its a parasite that my wormers aren't working on. I live in so cal and there's no green pastures so unfortunately she gets no graze time so that's why I purchased the slow feeder. Will keep you posted...until then..Have a good day!
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Thank you both for your suggestions. I have had her on 3# of senior and rice bran for a month and a half now I know I'm not going to see results that soon
What is #3 & what kind of senior & how much/how often are you feeding?? If that was helping, you should have seen some changes after 6 weeks.

And does she get mostly grass hay, or is her diet mostly alfalfa? As mentioned, that could be the problem too.
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I feel your pain on the diarrhea problems. Dealing with it on my mare now. I wish I knew some way to help you with it.Same as you we have yet to find out the cause. We get close to getting her weight back and then the diarrhea hits hard and fast again. Have had blood work done with no answers thus far.If you get one please post it.
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Lively, as mentioned to OP, I'd start with diet & nutrition. What exactly is your horse's diet, inc amounts, what supps, what weeds & such does he consume(flatweed/capeweed for eg?) What bloodwork did you have done? Did it analyse nutrient levels? If so, what? Or was it to rule out infection/disease or such?
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