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Background: Scarlet is on 1 scoop of Strategy, BID with a scoop of electrolytes because Florida is hot and she sweats a lot when we ride. Occasionally gets a cup of bran thrown in with her feed, maybe once a week or so.

The issue: When we go on trail rides...(riding along the street, in woods, on major highways, neighborhoods, to the store, etc.) Scarlet poops CONSTANTLY. As in so many times, I lose count. And majority of the time, the poop isn't well formed...it's slightly runny, soft or green. A lot of the time she will poop and some runny poo comes out with it and it runs down her legs and makes for a nasty stain on a pretty white horse.

She doesn't spook and does pretty well on trails. Tolerates noises and cars just fine.

So what could this possibly be? Nervous? Anxious? Idk....
 

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Assuming she has an otherwise clean bill of health, no worms, no bad teeth, etc.
Some horses simply process their anxiety via their digestive system. She seems to be this type of horse. Instead of showing her anxiety outward, she keeps it inside and it comes out the other end (her tension release).
Is she new to her surroundings or is this something that has been ongoing for a very long time? Changing her diet will not take away the stress so I think perhaps if she is newer to her surroundings it is best to take it slowly with her when she is being intorduced to something new. Dont throw too much at her at once to see if she settles down.
There are some herbal remedies for this type of problem, but I would have her checked out thoroughly by your vet first to make sure she doesnt have any internal issues: Example: she could perhaps have ulcers and riding her is upsetting her system. Talk to your vet.
 

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Her poop is otherwise normal. She also pees a lot on the trail too and her head is carried high. So I'm assuming it's nerves?:-(
 

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Yup, I vote nerves as well.

Casper's a nervous, watery pooper too, when we're somewhere unfamiliar. Which for him, is pretty much every place on the planet! :-x :p
 

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The only way that might get her over it is constant exposure -theoretically, she'd eventually get used to it and relax. Daughter's horse is a lot like yours - get her under saddle and the poop/gas factory kick into overdrive. It's a little embarassing, but harmless. It does make daughter's horse the butt of a lot of jokes, though...
 
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