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post #21 of 36 Old 12-16-2014, 01:15 AM
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I proudly call my guy "Farticus", since he toots with such joyous abandon. We should all be so carefree! (Well in the barn, at least.)
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post #22 of 36 Old 12-16-2014, 07:23 AM
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My draft mares tend to fart when we drive them, kids giggle or ooohhh. We smile and say it is their "exhaust system" working and they are the original diesel. Get laughs out of most everyone on the wagon as we talk, not skipping a beat.

If it is too bad, I have put probios in their food for a week, just in case something is going on in the gut I don't know about and it helps.
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post #23 of 36 Old 12-16-2014, 01:21 PM Thread Starter
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Farticus. That's awesome.

I've suggested we name the horse Gas. :)

“When I bestride him, I soar, I am a hawk: he trots the air; the earth sings when he touches it; the basest horn of his hoof is more musical than the pipe of Hermes. ” ~ William Shakespeare
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post #24 of 36 Old 12-16-2014, 01:24 PM
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How is hay quality and is grass available? And if so how much? Is there any diarrhea or loose poop? Is his tail gross or is he just really gassy? If not then he's probably fine and just needs a small change in diet. I wouldn't be too worried but yeah, a horse farting a lot while riding can be a little embarrassing.
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post #25 of 36 Old 12-16-2014, 01:30 PM
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As long as it is just gas, not anything abnormal with his manure, I think it's just a gassy horse. Maybe mention it at the vet check, but I would bet it's nothing.
Some horses just seem to let it rip a lot more than others, kind of like some dogs, some cats, some men ;)
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post #26 of 36 Old 12-16-2014, 07:49 PM
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LOL, guess I'm not the only one with a gassy horse. Gilbert does it all the time. I figured it was just his age because my 2 younger horses hardly ever toot their horn while being ridden.

I remember the 1st time we went to the saddle club and I was riding him in the arena. While posting I always count to myself 1, 2, 3, 4. Every time I got to 4 he would fart. The announcer said, I guess Dorothy found her gas pedal." LOL the kids got a kick out of it.

I let a 7 year old girl ride my horse in western pleasure. Just before she entered the arena she said, "I won't step on the gas, I'll sit the trot."

Turned out it was the tifton 44. I mostly give them mixed grass hay, but sometimes I treat them to tifton. I stopped giving them the tifton. The gas pedal is still there, but he does it a lot less.
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post #27 of 36 Old 12-17-2014, 08:07 PM
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My old QH gelding's farts were almost always SBDs. All you would hear would be a tiny "pffffff" noise, and then the Wall Of Stank would punch you in the face.
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post #28 of 36 Old 12-22-2014, 05:14 PM Thread Starter
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We loaded him in a trailer to come home and as we put the bar up against his legs he let out a looooong toot. Hilarious. We were like, "Yep! We have the correct horse all right!"
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post #29 of 36 Old 12-23-2014, 03:49 PM
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Was his feed switched recently? I know when we put Charlie on a different feed brand, he was very gassy during rides the first few days!
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post #30 of 36 Old 12-23-2014, 03:53 PM
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Have fun picking those hind feet, lol! I have 1 fairly gassy horse and without fail he farts each time I pick up a hind foot. Does it to the farrier, too.
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