MANURE COLOR!? PLEASE HELP?!

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  1. littlecelticpony

    littlecelticpony Senior Member+

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    OK...I know that normal horse manure should break easily, and be greenish in color. Well, I haven't been able to get out to my horse because of my leg, but my mom went and fed for me this morning. She noticed that his manure was black in color, and fairly hard (didn't break apart easily). What does this mean??????? Should I be concerned???? I'm so mad that I can't get out there to see it for myself!!! Please help me! I'm so worried!
     






  2. AnnaBelle02

    AnnaBelle02 Senior Member

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    Is he getting enough water would be my first thought.

    Then I would think - how old is this poop? If its one that he may have taken a day or so ago - its going to decrease in moisture = hardness, and it will go dark in colour.

    Have you changed his feed recently?

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  3. littlecelticpony

    littlecelticpony Senior Member+

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    Well...that's a good question.
    Actually the water thing is my biggest concern right now, since I haven't been feeding, and my barn owner has, I haven't been checking up on him every day like normal. My mom went out this morning and noticed that his water source was EXTREMELY low and in DESPERATE need of cleaning, however, she went to turn on the hose and it must be broken - no water. She said she'd go back out for me and try to fix it. I'm so upset about this.
    Changed his food the correct way - gradually - in early Feb. No problems with that, he was fine.
    Not sure how old it was - didn't ask, just freaked lol....I'll try to find out.

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  4. AnnaBelle02

    AnnaBelle02 Senior Member

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    Yup thats the "thing to do" freak out! lol

    I would deffinately look into the 'age' of the poop - your mom might have seen it and inadvertnly thought it as fresh (you know trying to be all observant and concerned and made a simple mistake).
    Let me know if you find anything out wink
     
  5. Carly

    Carly Senior Member+

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    annabelles right!lol
    old poop turns black and hard due to the sun!lol
    let me know!hahahah
    sorry...just sounds funny!hope i didnt offend you! wink
     
  6. babs

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    Is the horse out at grass?
    I have only seen it green when they live on grass.
    Most of ours are light to mid brown and break a they hit the ground. Some do like light brown big 'rabbit pellets' other have near black poo but i think they have sugar beet in their feed,
    I dunno if this helps.
     
  7. littlecelticpony

    littlecelticpony Senior Member+

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    yeah, he's at grass 24/7 unless it's severe weather, and he eats Omolene 100.

    still waiting to find out if it was old or fresh lol...
     
  8. PawNHoofPrints

    PawNHoofPrints Senior Member

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    If his feces was black, it could be melena (digested blood in the poop). This can occur when there is bleeding in the gut at a level higher than the colon (i.e. stomach or small intestine). Has there been increased stress in his life that has possibly caused ulceration of his stomach that is now bleeding?

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  9. spyro1

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    Anna hit it bang on, I was thinking the EXACT same thing when i read your post. old poop :D . I sure hope that you throw a fit for your water source being broken, I left my old barn because it was an ongoing problem, and my horse actually colicked from not enough water.
     
  10. Blistering Winds

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    It sounds more old to me. But definitly get some clean water to him (probably not helping the situation).

    If you are concerned, then lock her up in a clean area, and catch the next set of droppings, or if you really want to quicken the droppings, load her in a trailer.

    Depending on what they eat, will determine the color of poop. My horse gets a lot of alfalfa, so his is bright green.

    Some on grass hays, will get brownish tan poop.

    I've seen them darker, depending on the grain and hay they get.

    You can take a fresh sample to the vet if it is dark, to look for red blood cells if you are concerned and if it is dark.
     






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