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post #1 of 36 Old 12-14-2014, 07:05 PM Thread Starter
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Very ... um ... gassy horse. Should I be worried?

We are considering buying another horse, so we went for a test ride. This gelding is a New Forest, about 14 hands high, with great lineage. His conformation is great and his first circuit of jumping competitions went very well.

When my daughter test rode him, he farted a bunch. Sorry for using that word, but you know, it is what it is. It wasn't just one or two toots. It was maybe 5 times and about 5-10 toots in a row. Really loud. Really obvious. Really funny.

Is this something that should worry me? If not, can someone tell me the possible cause and a way I could prevent it in the future? I mean, farting is a natural thing, I know, but it is a bit hilarious when he's running around the arena using rocket boosters like he did. I don't want everyone laughing at my baby while she's trying to ride! ha ha

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post #2 of 36 Old 12-14-2014, 07:18 PM
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this can be a simple matter of cutting loose (pun intended) from not being ridden in a while, movement of the body causing digestive tract to activate, or it could be diet. Did the seller grain the horse?, had it been not used for a few days?. Like always I suggest a vet check before purchase.

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this can be a simple matter of cutting loose (pun intended) from not being ridden in a while, movement of the body causing digestive tract to activate, or it could be diet. Did the seller grain the horse?, had it been not used for a few days?. Like always I suggest a vet check before purchase.

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This is a horse that is ridden, and/or trained 6 days a week. He's part of an agricultural high school program that has live-in students and a very solid breeding program. So I'm sure it's not an issue of not being ridden.

I doubt also the horse was grained prior to our arrival. I saw all the other horses and ponies in the barn eating free choice hay that wasn't alfalfa.

We have a vet coming out, of course, and doing xrays as well.

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most everyone I have talked to about horsey toots is when they are farting the digestive system is working like it should.. it's when they hold it in you should be worried.. some horses fart a lot.. there is a gelding at our farm who has the walking farts something fierce.. and he will stand and lift his hind leg to let em rip as well.. at least my mare tries to be dainty about it.. you barely hear anything and then you just smell it...

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post #5 of 36 Old 12-14-2014, 07:25 PM
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The gas passing through is a good thing. That said I would be concerned that he is doing it THAT much. Do talk to the vet.

It could be a diet thing.
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post #6 of 36 Old 12-14-2014, 07:32 PM
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Oi. I sympathize.

I had a lovely little Connemara gelding that forever had this problem. While he was still useful and I enjoyed riding him I learned to forget using him for driving (he was very nice in harness), and I took a lot of teasing.

I've been told there are medications to help, but I'm not quick to throw a medicine at all problems.
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Some horses just fart a lot. I have found ponies in particular are VERY bad for this, probably because they are usually easy keepers to begin with. It could be that if they're looking at selling him, the students have been sneaking him a lot of "extras" in his feed :)
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post #8 of 36 Old 12-14-2014, 08:54 PM
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We used to have a lesson horse who farted almost every stride when trotting. She was perfect for teaching kids to trot-the farting broke their initial tension about a new gait and made them giggle (hence, breathe!), and she did it in such perfect rhythm it helped them figure out how to post :)

I'm with the others that I don't think I'd worry.
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He's a gelding, and as we all know, farting is a " guy" thing.
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post #10 of 36 Old 12-14-2014, 09:11 PM
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I knew a horse(pony) who would whinny for his friends and fart in a perfect match to it (hilarious.) Might I point out though that most horse people are used to it and ignore it so its usually non-horse people who will laugh. Also maybe if your daughter finds it funny it will make her laugh and relax.
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