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post #1 of 4 Old 08-25-2013, 05:52 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Gassy Mare, stools changed???

Yesterday I went to the barn after a week of not being able to see my mare and had her put in the crossties. She had alot of gas, like a big man's, and passed two to three hard stools. She normally has soft stools.
Then I had her put into her stall for the afternoon feeding and she had more gas, and passed more hard stool.

The boarded horses were placed in a different pasture last weekend because of a benefit rodeo, and I noticed my mare is itching again, has lost most of her forelock, and her skin is very dry. I planned on worming her again this month and maybe giving her some Biotin.

Is all this gas normal? Is it a reaction to stress? I hope she doesn't colic.

I am going to sell her because I was involved in an automobile accident this past week and my car was t-boned, flipped and I am afraid of being injured around the barn or even driving. The barn is about 25 miles away and I don't know if I am ready to drive that far alone. I have been paying a trainer to ride my horse and work on ground manners, so, for my health and safety, I need to sell her. She is such a sweet horse and has the best little trot and lope. She could be ridden both western and english. Ugh, I've been an emotional wreck, but, my biggest concern for my mare is her health and exposure to parasites from the other pasture last weekend.
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post #2 of 4 Old 08-26-2013, 02:45 PM
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Sorry about your accident how awful. As far as the hard stool she could be dehydrated that could be one cause. Maybe you could soak her feed in water to get some extra water into her. Also if you don't already you can add some sea salt to her food and that too will encourage her to drink. You can also give her some benadryl for the itching. I would watch for colic symptoms, but as long as she is eating and passing stools that is good. Good luck, I hope you find her a good home.
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Sorry about your accident how awful. As far as the hard stool she could be dehydrated that could be one cause. Maybe you could soak her feed in water to get some extra water into her. Also if you don't already you can add some sea salt to her food and that too will encourage her to drink. You can also give her some benadryl for the itching. I would watch for colic symptoms, but as long as she is eating and passing stools that is good. Good luck, I hope you find her a good home.
Thank you for your reply and empathy. I met my trainer yesterday and my mare looked very good, wasn't itching much, had her normal stool and was drinking alot. She loves orange Powerade, so I gave her some since she was getting worked in the hottest part of the day. I also let her bit off a piece of a trace minerals block. She is so gentle biting an apple or taking treats, even worming. I wormed her yesterday, too.

Genny was so funny untying herself and then spooking her ownself when she stepped on the leadline in the indoor arena. I just told her to back up and she obeyed, and learned to side step to keep from stepping on the line. When the other horses were brought in the barn for afternoon feedings, she walked along the rail as if she was making sure they all behaved, even putting her ears back at the one she doesn't like. She didn't fuss missing her meal. After her workout with my trainer, she followed me around, then put her head against my chest while I scratched her chin and talked to her. I think she knows something is different with me. When she cooled down, I put her into her stall to eat and drink.
Gonna hate to loose her, but, with a healing L1 fracture and other issues, I just can't risk anymore injuries. I've been thru too much and my family is afraid something will happen to me at the barn. I don't blame them.

It's been great just to be around my mare and see her transform into a beautiful, healthy, obedient, calm, devoted horse. She seems to have grown a foot since moving her two months ago, or I'm shrinking - lol.
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Yes I think horses sense when something is not right with us. She sounds like such a sweetie, but you have to do what is best for your recovery. Good luck.
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